Beal still can't run on sprained left ankle

Beal still can't run on sprained left ankle
March 11, 2013, 1:00 pm
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Bradley Beal didn't practice Monday, and it appears likely that he’ll miss his fourth game when the Wizards play at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

"Probably not," coach Randy Wittman said when asked about Beal's chances of coming back from a sprained left ankle. 

The Wizards are 1-2 without Beal. Trevor Ariza started in his place in the first two games, both losses.

“I’m still day-to-day. It has it days. It has its ups and downs. It’s starting to get better,” Beal said. “Starting to move more on it. I haven’t ran on it yet though so we’ll just have to see.”

Wittman switched to Garrett Temple at shooting guard, keeping Ariza on the bench, and that produced a 104-87 win vs. the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. He'll probably stick with that in Cleveland. 

The Wizards are 0-2 vs. the Cavaliers, who likely won't have point guard Kyrie Irving (shoulder).

Beal hasn't done any cutting on the ankle, either. He rolled it March 3 when he stepped on a teammate in the fourth quarter of a 90-87 win vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. 

"I haven’t tried that yet," he said making sharp cuts. "Probably do something tomorrow, like at shootaround, before the game, see how it feels."

Wittman is exercising caution with his rookie, who already was playing through a high ankle sprain on his right leg and soreness in his right wrist. 

"He didn't feel up to getting on the court, so (he) didn't.  No sense putting him on the court and making it worse," Wittman said. "But we've got to make sure we get to a point where he feels he can get out on the floor. it’s just one of those injuries.

"Tomorrow he may wake up and feel better. ... Until we reach that point, that could be tomorrow, that could be a week from now, I don’t know."