Bradley Beal Injury: Updates on Wizards Guard's Ankle and Return

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2014

Mar 14, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Updates from Saturday, March 15

Newsday's Rod Boone provides an update on Bradley Beal's status:

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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:

Michael Lee of The Washington Post reported that Beal suffered a sprained ankle and will be day-to-day:

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:

Lee also noted the he had been dealing with back injuries throughout the second half:

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.