Beal (back) ruled out against Magic

Beal (back) ruled out against Magic
December 19, 2012, 6:00 pm
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Bradley Beal will miss the first game of his NBA career against Orlando on Wednesday. The rookie guard has been ruled out with a sore lower back injury suffered in Tuesday's overtime loss against Atlanta.

During the third quarter against the Hawks, the 19-year-old Beal attempted a running dunk, but was blocked at the rim by Atlanta's Josh Smith. Crashing horizontally to the court, Beal landed hard on his back and head. Down for several seconds, he slowly made his way to his feet and then the locker room. After an exam ruled out a possible concussion, Beal returned to the game and played 15 minutes combined during the fourth quarter and overtime session.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is averaging 12.5 points, 2.3 assists and 29 minutes per game.

The Wizards (3-19), losers of four straight, will face the Magic (11-13) without Beal, John Wall (knee), A.J. Price (fractured hand), Trevor Ariza (calf) and Trevor Booker (knee).