Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Beal Twists Ankle

It sounds worse than it was and it also happened in practice earlier this week. But, Wizards top draft pick and shooting guard Bradley Beal twisted his ankle in practice earlier this week and he was limited in practice today.

According to the team and reports, it's not as bad as it sounds. Beal simply came down funny on his ankle it rolled a little bit. He was taken off the court by the trainers and they treated him for an ankle injury (obviously). Beal then tried to walk on it, but limped off the court as practice came to an end.

The Wizards have already lost star point guard John Wall and star post-player Nene for a few more weeks due to a knee injury (Wall) and plantar facitis (Nene). At this point, the last thing they need is their top draft pick to go down with a nagging ankle injury.

It is safe to expect the Wizards to be careful with Beal. While the injury may not be that serious now, ankles take a serious beating in the NBA with all the lateral movement and cutting that players do. Any little bit of swelling left in that ankle could seriously limit his range of motion and will hurt his ability to play.

So far this preseason, Beal is averaging just over 13 points per game and about three assists per game. When he is on the floor, the Wizards score an average of 12.83 more points that there opponents. He is becoming the difference maker that the Wizards had hoped and when you combine him with John Wall, the Wizards have a pretty stout set of one and two guards.

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Source: Inside Hoops