Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal is playing too many minutes

Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Bradley Beal is logging to many minutes per game. The Washington Wizards should be concerned about the wear and tear of his body.

I know Bradley Beal wants to play, I know Bradley Beal is a competitor, but when is enough, enough?

The Washington Wizards do not need Bradley Beal to get hurt because of fatigue from playing too many minutes.

With the team in a slump, there is no reason for Beal to play so many minutes. Otto Porter suffered an injury, which has him listed day-to-day, and John Wall’s injury has him out for the season. At this point, Bradley Beal is the leader of the team and the only player that has seemed injury free this season.

According to ESPN.COM Bradley Beal has logged 1356 minutes over 37 games this season, averaging 36.6 minutes per game. With a losing record and far from a playoff run, wouldn’t it be smart to make sure that Beal doesn’t get hurt? Beal shouldn’t need to play over 50 minutes to beat the Phoenix Suns in a useless game and win.

The Wizards need to save Beal for next season, with hopes of a high draft pick and a healthy lineup. Scoot Brooks should keep Beal playing his average minutes, but it should never exceed 36, especially on a losing team.

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If the goal is to rebuild, the second goal is to finish the season healthy enough to make a run next year. With the possibility that Wall might not be the same player next year, or that it could take time for him to become the player he once was after surgery, the Wizards do not need another injury. Porter has yet to become the player we thought he would be and injuries have hindered him all season long.

It’s time for Scoot Brooks to dial down and not allow another all-star caliber player to finish the season on crutches.