Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal will not play Wednesday in Philadelphia against the 76ers, the team announced on Wednesday.
Beal has dealt with a lingering right wrist injury following a hard fall at Denver on Jan. 18 and met with a hand specialist in New York earlier on Wednesday, Wizards coach Randy Wittman told the media during the team's morning shootaround in Philadelphia. The initial diagnosis is a sprain, according to a team source.
Garrett Temple will replace Beal in the Wizards' (11-32) starting lineup against the 76ers (18-26).
After sustaining the injury, the 19-year-old Beal played the next six games including Monday's matchup against Sacramento, but did so admittedly in pain.
"It’s all right. It’s not 100 percent, so I’m not going to force it or irritate it anymore," Beal said on Tuesday. "I haven’t been the same ever since. It was just the fall. If I feel as though I’m can’t help the team like I was previously, then I’m not going even going to play and force it or irritate it even more."
During Washington's first nine games this month, including the matchup against the Nuggets, Beal shot a staggering 60.4 percent (26 of 43) from beyond the arc while averaging 19.2 points.
Over the next six games, his averaged dipped to 8.8 points. Beal shot only 30 percent (6 of 20) on his 3-point attempts, 35.7 percent (20 of 56) overall. During Washington's last two games, the shooting guard shot 25 percent (4 of 16) from the field. In the last second 95-94 loss to the Kings, Beal scored six points in 24 minutes.