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WASHINGTON -- For the first time in 990 days, Bradley Beal is not in the Wizards' lineup.

The All-Star shooting guard had his consecutive games played streak end at 194 due to an injury the team has described as lower right leg soreness. Gary Payton II is starting in his place as the Wizards host the New York Knicks.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks broke the news in his pregame press conference, adding Beal has received clean results on additional testing, including an MRI. 

"Nothing serious. Hopefully he will be back for the next game, but we don't know. He's day-to-day," Brooks said.

The Wizards next play on Monday at home against the Miami Heat. The last game he missed was against the Heat on April 12 o 2017. The Wizards had secured their playoff seeding and had no reason to play Beal. The last time Beal missed a game due to injury was Dec. 30, 2016. 

Beal's streak of 194 games played did plenty to help him overcome the label as an injury prone player, which plagued him early in his career. But it still fell 998 games short of the all-time record held by A.C. Green, the NBA's ultimate Iron Man.

Brooks, a former NBA player himself, noted how Beal played through minor injuries along the way and how difficult upholding a games played streak can be.

"It's tough. A lot of luck has to be on your side. It's not common that guys play every game. It's not the way it is anymore," he said.

 

In addition to Beal being out, Brooks shared updates on some of the other injured Wizards players. Davis Bertans (quad) and Moe Wagner (ankle) are each expected to miss at least another week and Rui Hachimura (groin) may miss at least a week as well.

"I anticipate he won't play next week," Brooks said of the rookie forward.

There are now seven total injured Wizards players with Beal added to the list. That left Brooks with a starting lineup on Saturday night of Isaiah Thomas, Payton II, Troy Brown Jr., Johnathan Williams and Ian Mahinmi. That's not exactly how they drew it up coming into the year.

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