Beal was diagnosed with a hip pointer, and did not immediately return to the game after halftime. Fortunately, the injury proved to be less serious than initially thought, though it might have affected his game. Beal finished with eight points on 3 of 11 shooting, though he did added five assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Beal had been averaging 18.7 points per game in March, and Wednesday was his first single-digit scoring effort of the month, so hopefully this was just an aberration. He is averaging 17.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game for the season.
Beal played 37 minutes one night after suffering the injury, so it obviously wasn't much of a concern. He finished the game with 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. Beal made up for the somewhat poor shooting night by dishing out five assists with just one turnover, adding two rebounds in a 101-94 win.
Clearly the ankle is not expected to be an issue moving forward, which is good, because Beal is enjoying a nice run recently. The second-year pro is averaging 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game over the last five.
Beal went down in the final minute of the overtime period with a right ankle injury, and had to be carried off the floor by teammates. He finished the fame with 20 points on 8 of 19 shooting prior to the injury, and afterward was diagnosed with a sprained right ankle.
Beal will likely undergo MRI and X-rays over the next few days to determine the extent of the injury, making it unlikely he will be able to play Saturday against the Nets. According to the Washington Post, Beal is officially considered day to day at this point.
Beal scored 11 points on 4 of 13 shooting, as he missed all five of his three-point attempts in the game. He made up for his subpar shooting by continuing to distribute the ball well, finishing with four assists and only one turnover in 37 minutes, along with two rebounds in the 94-93 win.
Beal is shooting just 41.4 percent from the field over the last five games, but is still averaging 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game in that span.
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