When Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal went down in the Dec. 27 road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it didn't look good. Beal bumped his left knee in a collision with Timberwolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute, and fell to the ground.
Unable to stand, Beal was helped off the court by teammates Trevor Ariza and Jan Vesely. Beal had an X-Ray before the team left Minnesota, which was negative, and left the arena with a slight limp.
During coach Randy Wittman's pregame press conference, just prior to the Wizards game against the Detroit Pistons Dec. 28, he confirmed that the MRI performed on Beal that morning showed no serious damage, and that Beal was a game-time decision.
"He's got a bruise from banging knees, that's basically what happened," Wittman said. "It's obviously going to be tender from having a bruise there, but he's going to try to go."
Beal was able to warm up before the game, and he was in the starting lineup. Beal has already missed nine games this season with a stress injury to his right leg, and returned to the lineup Dec. 16.
Wittman said he was relieved that Beal's injury, which seemed serious at first, turned out to be minor.
"We tried not to think the worst, especially when he had to be helped off," Wittman said. "Even right afterwords when he got in the locker room, I think he was kind of relieved at how it was feeling a half hour after the game. He's doing precautionary things today [Dec. 28] to make sure nothing else is wrong."