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Bradley Beal went down in a twist when battling for the ball with Marcus Smart and appeared to twist his right leg midway through the third quarter and had to leave with just three points on 1-for-8 shooting Wednesday vs. the Boston Celtics.
His return is listed as questionable.
Beal, who has had a history of stress reactions with his lower right leg, had his foot slide from under him as Smart wrestled him for the ball. He couldn't immediately get up but when he did he walked off under his own power with a slight limp. The Wizards led 67-57 at the time.
Beal only played seven minutes in the first half while Marcus Thornton logged an unusually high 17, but that was unrelated to any previous ailment for Beal, officials told CSNmidatlantic.com.
The Wizards will be without John Wall because he's not playing both games of back-to-backs since he's scoming off knee surgery. If Beal is injured for any length of time, that shortens the bench for coach Scott Brooks that much more going into Friday's game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers and Saturday's at the Chicago Bulls.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.
Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.
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An undiagnosed illness has convinced Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to step away from the team indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Larry Drew will take over in the interim.
Lue, 40, is hoping to address his health issues in time to return before the year is out. According to a statement on the team's website, he has been under the weather for quite some time.
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Here is what Lue said on the matter in a press release:
I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year. Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.
While I have tried to work through it, the last thing I want is for it to affect the team. I am going to use this time to focus on a prescribed routine and medication, which has previously been difficult to start in the midst of a season. My goal is to come out of it a stronger and healthier version of myself so I can continue to lead this team to the Championship we are all working towards.
That is scary stuff and certainly much bigger than basketball. But the surprising news happens to come at a crucial time in the Cavs' season. They are currently third in the Eastern Conference with only 13 games remaining before the playoffs.
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The Cavs are just a half-game ahead of both the Wizards and Pacers in the standings. They will also have to reincorporate All-Star Kevin Love, likely sometime this week.
That is a lot for Drew to deal with while Lue recovers and it adds another wrinkle to a Cavs' season that has been characterized by change.
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