The Washington Wizards will be without Bradley Beal for Saturday's key matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. It has just been confirmed that the All-Star shooting guard is a late scratch due to a left knee injury.
Beal is reportedly dealing with a minor problem on his left knee (h/t Fred Katz of The Athletic):
Bradley Beal is OUT tonight against the Wizards with right knee soreness, the Wizards say.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 13, 2021
The injury does not appear to be significant, but it's serious enough for the Wizards to have their star player sit out Saturday's marquee matchup against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. Beal had been dealing with this knee issue for the past week or so, but he was able to suit up in Washington's first two games after the All-Star break.
Beal has been nothing short of outstanding for the Wizards this season, and his 32.1 points per game leads the entire NBA. He's in the midst of the best season of his entire career, and this has translated relatively well for D.C. thus far.
It is also worth noting that Davis Bertans has been ruled out against the Bucks due to a right calf injury:
Injury updates: Bradley Beal (right knee soreness) and Davis Bertans (right calf tightness) are out for tonight’s #WizBucks.
Westbrook, Mathews, Avdija, Hachimura, and Len will start.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 13, 2021
Similar to Beal, Bertan's injury appears to be minor. Nevertheless, the Wizards will be extremely shorthanded as they try to match up against the mighty Bucks.
Washington has lost both of their games since the break, and they have now fallen two and a half games behind the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the East. Nonetheless, the Wizards are still well within a postseason berth right now, so they will want to get Beal (and Bertans) back as soon as possible.