The minutes limit for Bradley Beal is 32, and now that he's back for the Wizards he'll likely need each one to make sure they get the victory Wednesday with the Chicago Bulls with the season series on the line.
Beal, who returned from a three-game absence with a pelvic sprain on Monday, logged 25 minutes as the starting shooting guard. The restriction is for his lower right leg stress reaction that kept him out 16 games in a row earlier this season.
"I was a little nervous. It was my first time running," Beal said after Tuesday's practice at Verizon Center. "Definitely hesitant with some things. I just try to come out and just not think about it and just play."
Beal made his first shot and ended 4 of 10 for 12 points in a 43-point blowout of the Detroit Pistons. They've won that season series already 3-0 with one more game scheduled. With Chicago, the series is 1-1 and Wednesday is the final meeting.
With the playoff seedings bunched up in the East, every edge counts and the tiebreaker is vital.
Beal was injured in a nasty fall over the weekend in a loss to the Indiana Pacers and didn't play on a road trip that went from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Utah Jazz and then the Denver Nuggets. Beal didn't travel for the first game but rejoined his teammates going into the last two games being played as a back-to-back.
He only received treatment on his pelvic sprain, which he had while he initially remained in D.C., but as CSNmidatlantic.com reported at the time the intention was for him to actually play.
"I felt good two days after I fell," said Beal, referring to last Monday when the Wizards flew out to Portland to play the next day. "The first day I couldn’t move. Couldn’t get out of bed. Second day I was moving better, seeing a chiropractor. Flew me out just to see if there was a possibility of me playing in one (game). … I felt good but as soon as I got there and tried to move I still wasn’t ready."
Beal didn't practice Wednesday but not because he didn't have any setbacks. He did individual work. Alan Anderson (left groin) was held out of practice.
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