Wizards’ Bradley Beal out at least two weeks with leg injury

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Bradley BealBad news for the Wizards, who have yet to see a minute of No. 3 pick Otto Porter. Here’s the press release:

The Washington Wizards announced today that guard Bradley Beal has been diagnosed with a stress injury to his proximal right fibula.  He will miss the next two weeks and then be re-evaluated.   The injury was diagnosed by team doctors following an MRI exam on Monday after Beal experienced soreness in his right leg.

Beal has appeared in all 13 games for the Wizards this season, averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 40.2 minutes.  He missed the final eight games of last season due to a stress injury to his distal right fibula.

Notably, this is the same type of injury, on the same bone, as Beal had last season. Hopefully this doesn’t become a recurring thing.

Beal is Washington’s leading scorer and 19th in the NBA. He is shooting under 41 percent overall but nearly 44 percent from 3-point range.

Twenty points per game is not easy to replace. The Wizards may try to do so by starting Martell Webster in the backcourt alongside John Wall. Webster had been starting at small forward in place of injured Trevor Ariza, who will return from a hamstring injury Tuesday night against the Lakers.

Washington is 5-8 and right outside the playoff picture in the woefully weak Eastern Conference.

Porter, a small forward, has yet to play and there is no timetable for his return from a hip injury, although he did participate in practice Monday.

 

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