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Bradley Beal listed as questionable vs. Nuggets

Bradley Beal, Wizards

Washington Wizards All-Star guard Bradley Beal has been in and out of the lineup lately as he deals with a right leg injury. He missed Friday night’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers after the injury flared up, and has been listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

Beal has missed three of the Wizards’ last four games with the leg injury. He sat out their last two games of 2019, a Dec. 28 loss to the New York Knicks and a Dec. 30 win over the Miami Heat. He returned to the lineup for Wednesday’s loss to the Orlando Magic, putting up 27 points, four rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes while shooting just 8-of-20 from the field and 2-of-8 from three-point range.

Overall, Beal is having another excellent season for the Wizards, averaging career highs of 27.8 points and 6.6 assists along with 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. The Wizards are well out of the Eastern Conference playoff race at this point, sitting in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of just 10-24.

Before he suffered this injury, Beal had appeared in 194 consecutive games including all 82 games in each of the previous two seasons, both of which resulted in All-Star appearances. This was a welcome turnaround from the early part of his career, when Beal dealt with recurring ankle and knee issues. He played in just 56 games in his rookie season for the Wizards in 2012-13, and 55 games in 2015-16. Since then, he has been durable and evolved into one of the best perimeter players in the NBA.

Hopefully, this leg injury is just a minor setback and Beal is able to get back on the court soon.