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Wizards star Bradley Beal gives inside scoop on what’s really going on with hip injury

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Bradley Beal’s hip injury may be more serious than the initial diagnosis. The Washington Wizards All-Star returned to action Wednesday night in a 131-116 win over the Orlando Magic. But his status moving forward is up in the air after the guard revealed the real extent of his injury after the game.

“It’s a little worse than a contusion, I got a little nerve stuff going on too,” Beal said, via Mike DePrisco of NBC Washington. “It’s a matter of just every day, keeping the symptoms down and being able to dook it out. I feel if I can push through some things and be able to tolerate and move comfortably, then I’ll give it a go.”

Beal suffered the injury late last month against the Detroit Pistons when his right hip slammed into the floor during the first half of that game. He stayed in the game in the first half, but was ultimately held out in the second half. He had since missed the last five games before returning to play against the Magic.

With the Wizards in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and 3.5 games back of the Chicago Bulls for the last seed in the play-in games, it’s incumbent upon the organization to ensure the health of its franchise cornerstone. Ultimately, though, Beal’s status for future games will be entirely up to him.

“It’s ultimately my decision. It’s nobody else’s,” Beal said, via Fred Katz of the Athletic. “Nobody knows my body better than me. Our training staff does an excellent job of just trusting me and me being around them and kinda gaining their trust. … We all have the same (mentality) when it comes to me playing. There are times I’m gonna be hard-headed and play probably when I shouldn’t, but with something like this that can be possibly holding me out longer than what I really want, I’m definitely gonna play it smart and kinda be selfish.”