After spraining his ankle (again) on March 20th against the Phoenix Suns, Bradley Beal is expected to miss his fifth straight game on Friday night when the Washington Wizards take on the struggling Orlando Magic. So, is it time for the Wizards to shut Beal down for the rest of the season?
Bradley Beal, who is averaging nearly 14 points per game in his rookie season while shooting close to 38 percent from beyond three, has been dealing with ankle injuries all season long. Beal has already missed 15 games of his rookie career, but when healthy, Beal has been a real factor in Washington’s success. Ranked last in offensive efficiency, the Washington Wizards are the worst offensive team in the league and could use Beal’s offensive prowess to close out the season. With the Wizards missing both Beal and Martell Webster, John Wall is forced to carry the offensive load.
We’ve seen a similar situation happen with the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry. Though not as severe, Beal has been dealing with ankle sprains for the majority of the season. I have honestly never seen Bradley Beal fall with grace, so this may be a cause for concern. Washington can’t afford Beal to continuously sprain his ankle, especially since they’ve been injury plagued from the start of the year.
I’m sure this is just a minor setback in Beal’s young career, but should the Wizards shut down Bradley Beal for precautionary reasons? Both Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin have increased their offensive productivity since Beal fell in Phoenix. Washington obviously still misses Beal, but Cartier Martin has stepped up to fill the void. Martin, who is averaging 14.6 points per game in the last three games, has shot the ball well from the perimeter as of late. Temple, who the Wizards picked up from the NBA Developmental League, has also played like “the man” recently.
So, should the injury plagued Wizards shut down their rookie star?