If all goes according to plan with Bradley Beal, the Wizards are "hopeful" that the shooting guard will begin non-basketball activities this week.
Beal was diagnosed Dec. 11 with what the Wizards called "the beginnings of a stress reaction" in his lower right leg for the fourth time in his fourth NBA season.
"Everything looks good," coach Randy Wittman said Sunday. "He feels good. ... Maybe he'll start doing something. Obviously, nothing on the court."
In 17 games, Beal was averaging 19.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 36.5 minutes.
Beal will be on a minutes restriction when he returns. In the past he has come off the bench and gradually worked his way back into the starting lineup. But sometimes, Beal has to sit out late in close games because he started and hit his limit.
Is there any chance that keeping Beal on the bench as a reserve to have him in those situations?
"No, because we're going to have to control his minutes some when he first comes back like we have every year," Wittman said. "We never had to deal with the problem again after getting a couple weeks of limited minutes.
"I think it's just a freak thing that's happening. I'm not one to look negatively like that."
The Wizards play a home game vs. the L.A. Clippers on Monday and Wednesday at the Toronto Raptors. Beal could be doing non-basketball activities by mid-week.