Beal notched 19 points (8-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine assists and two rebounds across 28 minutes in Friday's 119-82 preseason win over the Raptors.
It's rare to see Beal take on such a high-volume role as a distributor, but his assist total was undeniably enhanced by an uncharacteristically hot night from the field from almost everybody on the roster, as the Wizards shot a blistering 57.6% percent from the field and 48.3 percent from three-point range. John Wall will assume most of the play-making responsibilities when the regular season begins, but a healthy Beal nonetheless looks primed to take on a larger role after an impressive preseason. He averaged 15.3 points in 24.3 minutes per game while hitting 46 percent of his shots from the floor.
Beal will start Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavaliers, Candace Buckner of the Indy Star reports.
Beal was rested Saturday against the Kings, but he'll return to action Tuesday for what will be his fifth start of the preseason. The fifth-year guard has played between 23 and 27 minutes in each of his three games, and he'll likely remain in that range Tuesday night.
Beal will get the night off to rest in Saturday's matchup with the Kings, Candace Buckner of Post Sports reports.
This is simply a scheduled day off for the Wizards sharp-shooter. Beal was hot in his last outing, posting 22 points (8-14 FG, 5-6 3-t, 1-2 FT) to go along with five rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes. He suffered a concussion early in training camp, so Wizards have been cautious with his playing time and participation heading into the regular season.
Beal compiled 22 points (8-14 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists across 24 minutes in Thursday's 100-79 preseason win over the 76ers.
After Beal was limited to 55 games last season while seeing his minutes restricted at various points in the second half, it's easy to forget that he was on track for a breakout campaign prior to suffering a stress reaction in his right leg. Beal's medical history will deflate his stock a bit in fantasy drafts, but through four games in the preseason, he's shown the same high-end talent that made him a popular target in 2015-16. Over those contests, he's averaging 15.0 points, 2.2 three-pointers, 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal across just 22.5 minutes per game.
Beal played alongside John Wall (knee) for the first time this preseason, but with the point guard restricted to 16 minutes, Beal maintained a focal role in the offense. The scoring total was Beal's highest in three exhibition games, and he's now averaging 12.6 points, 1.3 assists, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 22.0 minutes per contest. Beal has seen his court time increase in each successive game, and it's expected that he'll approach his regular season workload in the games to come as he looks to regain some familiarity with Wall.
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