Bradley Beal is available Saturday, but he is not in the starting lineup against the Hornets, CSN Washington's Jorge Castillo reports.
Saturday represents the second night of a back-to-back, and Beal played 32 minutes Friday, so it would not be surprising if the Washington Wizards ' medical staff recommends fewer minutes for the shooting guard Saturday. This makes him a risky play in daily leagues. Garrett Temple will get the start at the two, but he also has limited upside Saturday.
Bradley Beal contributed 22 points (10-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Washington Wizards ' 106-94 win against the 76ers on Friday.
Beal rejoined the starting lineup after coming off the bench the previous four games. He has averaged 17.2 points over these last five contests, but is managing only 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.8 steals in 29 minutes per appearance over that span. Beal has never been known as a guy who puts up really well-rounded stats, but it'd still be nice to get a bit more out of him in the other categories besides scoring. The Wizards are back in action on Saturday when they take on the Hornets in a battle between the East's ninth and 10th seeded teams.
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The oft-injured guard has now come off the bench for three consecutive games since returning from a head injury, although his minutes actually decreased from the 30 he played Saturday. Beal's workload is still expected to increase moving forward, but he could be limited in some regard for the rest of the season. Furthermore, the 15 field-goal attempts tied Beal's most since initially returning to the lineup and he led the team in scoring on the night, so his fantasy prospects appear to be trending in the right direction.
Bradley Beal will continue coming off the Washington Wizards ' bench, but he expects to see his minutes increase in the near future, J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Beal was expected to take back his spot as the starting shooting guard after he returned from a stress reaction in his right leg in mid-January, but the Wizards opted to stick with Garrett Temple in that role in an effort to better control Beal's playing time. Because of his extensive history of injuries with the right leg, it seems unlikely that Beal will at any point regularly see 35 minutes of court time the rest of the season, but if he can settle into the 30-to-35-minute range on a more frequent basis, he'll still carry plenty of fantasy value. Since returning from the injury, Beal has yet to play more than 30 minutes in any of his seven appearances.
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