Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal might have made a costly decision when he played against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, their final regular season assignment.
Now, he’s feeling its effect on his hamstring injury heading into their do-or-die play-in tournament matchup with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. In a report by NBC Sports Washington, Beal admitted that he won’t be in full strength.
“There was no setback, which is good. I didn’t injure it worse than it was. Obviously, it probably won’t be 100 percent. It’s just a matter of managing it the best I can.”
Wizards fans are sure hoping that Beal is just playing mind games. A not-so optimal Beal would surely be a huge blow for the team, especially since the top scorer with a career-best 31.3 points per outing, just a few decimal points below this year’s scoring champion Stephen Curry.
The 27-year-old Beal admitted that he shouldn’t have played in a largely meaningless game against the Hornets to rest his hamstring injury. But he chose to suit up, scoring 25 points on an awful 8-of-27 shooting. He, however, also said he got mixed messages about playing.
“I kind of made a hardheaded decision and played, probably when I shouldn’t have, but we made the best of it. The medical staff, they weren’t 100 percent with it. Some guys were, some weren’t.”
Beal may not admit it though that he decided to suit up against the Hornets in hopes of snatching the scoring title away from Curry. After all, they were neck-and-neck until the very last day of the regular season. So it looks like it’s a classic case of a double black eye for Bradley Beal.