Beal to miss game vs. Knicks due to rest


Bradley Beal will not play on Friday night against the New York Knicks as he sits out due to rest, the Wizards announced on Thursday.

This is the first time Beal has rested this season and the team has not specified any injury for him. Washington appears to be exercising precaution with 16 games in a 27-day stretch in the month of February.

The Wizards had six games postponed in January due to a coronavirus outbreak. That led to three games being added to their February schedule.

Beal, 27, is leading the NBA in scoring this season, averaging 32.8 points per game. He has played in 21 of their 22 games, sitting just once because of the league's health and safety protocol.

Beal is one of only two Wizards players to appear in at least 20 games this season. Center Robin Lopez is the only one to play in all 22 of their games.

The Wizards will aim to bounce back from Wednesday's loss to the Raptors against a Knicks team that is currently in the ninth spot in the East at 11-15. Washington is 0-1 without Beal this season and went 5-10 without him last year.

Without Beal, the Wizards will likely rely on Raul Neto more as an off-ball guard. They could also turn to Garrison Mathews, Jerome Robinson or Troy Brown Jr., though all three were out of the rotation on Wednesday.

Tune into NBC Sports Washington at 6 p.m. Friday for full coverage of the Wizards' next game against the New York Knicks.