When we last heard from Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, he was diagnosed with something called a “stress reaction” that has sidelined him for more than 3 weeks, but the Wizards could be getting some very positive news tonight.
Wizards might be getting back Bradley Beal tonight depending on his pregame warm up. They need their leading scorer back. #WizardsTalk
— Chris Miller (@cmillscsn) December 16, 2013
Chris Miller of CSN (later confirmed by J. Michael, also of CSN) is reporting (see above) that Beal will be evaluated in the pre-game for tonight’s game against the New York Knicks, and if all goes well, he will rejoin the team. Ironically, Beal’s last appearance on the floor was also against the Knicks, back on November 23rd, and Beal was lighting it up in his sophomore season.
In 13 games, the 20-year-old shooting guard is averaging more than 20 points a game while playing alongside John Wall in a loaded backcourt, and with a modest bump from his shaky field goal percentage (40.7%), Beal could be in line to become one of the league’s best at the position. The details of his injury are still sketchy, but these latest reports are exceedingly positive in nature, and if he can play with no risk of future damage (possibly by bringing his minutes down from the staggering 40.2 per game pre-injury), it would be a significant win for both the Wizards and Beal himself. Stay tuned.