Bradley Beal will start for the Wizards tonight vs. the Houston Rockets, after having four days off and missing just one game with what coach Scott Brooks had called a "mild" right ankle sprain.
Beal went down last Wednesday as he attacked the rim in transition and appeared to have been untouched vs. the Indiana Pacers. He returned in the second quarter but didn't play after halftime because the ankle stiffened.
"He passed all his on-court tests and all the strength tests we put him through," Brooks said before tipoff at Toyota Center. "So he's ready to go. ... In order to be successful against this team we're going to have to have everybody playing at a high level."
Beal tried to play in Friday's home game vs. the Brooklyn Nets but was a late scratch. Sheldon McClellan started in his place but it was Trey Burke who filled in with his offense (27 points) in that victory.
The Wizards lost 114-106 to the Rockets in their first meeting, Nov. 7, at Verizon Center.
The Wizards were 10-5 in December. The Rockets went 15-2.
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