Updates from Saturday, March 15
Newsday's Rod Boone provides an update on Bradley Beal's status:
Bradley Beal, along with Martell Webster, are both in for the #Wizards. So the gang's all here.— Rod Boone (@rodboone) March 15, 2014
The Washington Wizards picked up a hard-fought overtime win against the Orlando Magic on Friday night, but it came at a potentially large cost.
Bradley Beal was carried off the court in the overtime period after suffering a leg injury, per the Magic's Twitter account:
It appears as if Washington's Bradley Beal is done for the night as he gets carried off the court with a potential knee injury.— Orlando Magic (@Orlando_Magic) March 15, 2014
Michael Lee of The Washington Post reported that Beal suffered a sprained ankle and will be day-to-day:
Bradley Beal has a sprained right ankle. Will be listed as day-to-day #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 15, 2014
That's a relief for Wizards fans, as the injury appeared to be much more serious when it first happened. Beal was in tears on the court immediately after going down:
Bradley Beal is weeping on the baseline after contesting that last Victor Oladipo shot. Carried off the court by Porter & Seraphin #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 15, 2014
Lee also noted the he had been dealing with back injuries throughout the second half:
Gutty block by Bradley Beal, who has been fighting back problems all 2nd half. Trevor Ariza followed with a huge 3-pointer #wizards— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) March 15, 2014
Without Beal, the Wizards aren't under much threat to drop out of a playoff position, especially if he's only out for a week or two. They're good enough to hold off the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers or Detroit Pistons if push comes to shove.
The major thing for Washington is not falling into either seventh or eighth. It will want to avoid either the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the first round at all costs, so Beal will need to make a speedy recovery to enable the Wizards to stay at sixth or above.