There’s good news and bad news for the Washington Wizards when it comes to guard Bradley Beal and his hamstring injury.
The Washington Wizards can let out the breath they have been holding since Bradley Beal had to exit Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers with a hamstring injury.
Beal’s MRI came back with good results.
The scan ruled out “significant injury”, according to Sham Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. However, he will not be able to play Monday against the Atlanta Hawks and it is unclear if he will be available to play in the last three games of the regular season.
With the playoffs fast approaching, concerns will linger over Beal’s availability.
Wizards need Bradley Beal healthy for the stretch and playoffs
Despite Beal leaving the game during overtime, the Wizards beat the Pacers on Saturday while riding Russell Westbrook’s triple-double, which tied the record. Beal had 50 points before his departure.
It’s hard to imagine the Wizards having many chances in the postseason without Beal. He is averaging 31.4 points per game as he fights Stephen Curry for the NBA scoring title. He is also averaging 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals per night.
Washington currently owns one of the playing spots in the tournament as the ninth-place team in the Eastern Conference. While they could drop to 10th with the Pacers (0.5GB) on their heels, they probably have enough cushion ahead of the Chicago Bulls (3.5GB) to avoid falling completely without Beal in the lineup.
However, like the 9th or 10th place team, the Wizards will need to win two games to get to a proper playoff series. As it stands, they would have to beat the Pacers, then the winner of the game between the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Hornets for a legitimate place in the playoffs. Beal will need to be on the court to give them a chance to advance.