Bradley Beal had two options: Try to go back out and play or go to the hospital. 76ers guard Jerryd Bayless accidentally had elbowed Beal in the eye, sending him back to the locker room on Wednesday night.
Beal said his vision was blurry at first, but cleared up by the time he got to the locker room. The doctor found no signs of concussion symptoms – headache, confusion, sensitivity to light, pesistent vision problems – or obvious damage to the eye.
"I went out at halftime to see if I could shoot and that’s all I really needed to see," Beal said after the game. "As long as I could see the basket I was cool."
Replay of the incident showed Beal holding his nose after taking contact from Bayless. "That’s what the confusing part was. I got hit in the eye but my nose started bleeding," he said.
After re-entering the game for the second half, Beal scored 14 points, including going 3-for-3 at the free throw line, to help chip away at a massive 76ers lead. The Wizards rally was a lot of fun to watch despite coming up a hair short.
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As for skipping the hospital trip, it didn't get Beal out of a more thorough examination of his eye. He explained that he's set for additional tests tomorrow.
"The eyes are very important, so [the doctor] said there might be some things in the back that could be going on that may not affect you right now, but could affect you tonight or tomorrow."
Asked whether he might have to wear protective goggles to play, Beal sounded extremely unenthused.
"I ain’t blind. I already wear contacts. I don’t think I could handle goggles, man, you might as well say put a mask on if that’s the case. But I don’t know, that might be a possibility."