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Bradley Beal Reportedly Enters Health and Safety Protocols at Team USA Camp

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 15, 2021

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Team USA guard Bradley Beal has entered health and safety protocol at the national club's training camp, according to Shams Charania and Joe Vardon of The Athletic. 

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Wizards star Bradley Beal has entered health and safety protocols at Team USA camp, placing his return to play status up in the air, sources tell me and <a href="https://twitter.com/joevardon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@joevardon</a>.

It's unclear how long Beal will be sidelined for or what he'll need to do to exit protocol. Team USA begins play at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, July 25 against France. The Americans are set to face Australia in an exhibition on Friday before one more pre-tournament tune up against Spain on Sunday, July 18. 

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds

AP source: USA Basketball guard Bradley Beal has entered the health and safety protocols in Las Vegas, raising the possibility that he may not be able to attend the Tokyo Games. There is nothing definitive about that at this point.

Beal may be one of the more irreplaceable players on a U.S. national team that's struggled to find a rhythm during its exhibition run. He went 1-of-7 from the floor with two points in a 90-87 loss to Nigeria and added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting in a 91-83 loss to Australia. 

On Tuesday Beal had his best outing with Team USA yet, dropping 17 points with six rebounds and three assists in a 108-80 victory over Argentina. 

The Washington Wizards star averaged 31.3 points per game during the NBA regular season, narrowly missing out on a scoring title to Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (32.0 points per game). 

Team USA has plenty of guards who can step up and contribute right away, but few who match the scoring prowess of Beal. 

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In the meantime, look for head coach Gregg Popovich to rely more on Damian Lillard, Kevin Durant and Zach LaVine. Things should get a bit easier after the NBA Finals conclude when Devin Booker and Jrue Holiday are able to join Team USA's backcourt and provide a bit more depth. 

  

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