Although Bradley Beal had been listed as active for Tuesday's game, it was evident all along that he was not going to play vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder. That he could even sit there to watch the dismantling of his Wizards over 48 minutes was a feat all to itself.
The Wizards (3-4) knew the left shoulder contusion, incurred in a game on Saturday in a collision, made it difficult for him to play. Based on the 125-101 loss, Beal's presence probably wouldn't have mattered much.
"The doctors thought he still had some tenderness there and he had gotten bumped it wouldn't have been smart," coach Randy Wittman said. "They advised him to sit tonight."
The Wizards have three days before their next game, at home vs. the Orlando Magic. Gary Neal is no Beal, but he scored 14 points starting in place of him.
Of bigger concern is Nene (back spasms), who also sat out, and Drew Gooden who was 0-for-5 in 12 minutes Tuesday after missing the previous two games because of back spasms as well.
This weakens a frontline for the Wizards that is incredibly thin already. Gooden's lack of production limits their stretch-four options and Nene, though he's not as quick as he used to be, is the one big who rotates properly on defense and makes all the right reads.
Without Nene behind Marcin Gortat at backup center, that responsibility falls to DeJuan Blair. The Wizards have yet to have Martell Webster (right hip) or Alan Anderson (left ankle surgery) this season.
Anderson is out of his walking boot. He had a loose bone fragment removed last month.