The Washington Wizards just picked up an important win on the road, albeit in ugly fashion, against the Orlando Magic. Of course, the win didn’t come easy as Bradley Beal, who’s become Washington’s “go-to” player down the stretch, suffered a sprained ankle and missed the majority of overtime.
He came down hard on his ankle and had to be carried off the court. Luckily for the Wizards, the ankle eventually loosed up for Beal and he was able to put some weight on it after the game–according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.
Beal has missed time due to various ankle injuries in the past, and even though he’s listed as ‘day-to-day’, I wouldn’t expect him to play tomorrow night against the Nets. Washington has been very cautious with Beal this season, and rightfully so, which has allowed Beal to stay relatively healthy in his second season. He rushed back from injury in his rookie year and I’m sure Washington’s medical staff will avoid a similar situation.
With that said, the Wizards will likely miss Beal tomorrow and possibly even longer, which will open up a rotation spot for some of their seldom used players. Otto Porter has filled in for Beal on occasion this season and it wouldn’t surprise me if he makes an appearance tomorrow night against Brooklyn.
Garrett Temple has also played shooting guard in the past, but I’m not sure how that will help in this situation, especially since he’s not able to really produce on the offensive side of the floor. Randy Wittman has played Andre Miller with John Wall in spurts and he actually decided to do that tonight when Beal went down with injury. Although Miller isn’t really known for spacing the floor, he’s probably versatile enough to play along side Wall.
Let’s hope Beal is back sooner rather than later. With Nene out, Washington will need all the healthy bodies they can get.