Beal's ankle re-injury makes playing vs. Lakers unlikely

Beal's ankle re-injury makes playing vs. Lakers unlikely
March 21, 2013, 2:00 am
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The Wizards have enough trouble trying to win on the road, especially at the Los Angeles Lakers.

They had 21 turnovers in Wednesday’s 88-79 win at the Phoenix Suns, but now it appears they won’t have rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal (left ankle) for Friday's game.

That’s not only a blow because of Beal's ability to score, but he gives them another ball-handler to assist John Wall in relieving the pressure.

With A.J. Price (groin) still out, that makes the task doubly difficult as they try to complete this four-game road trip with a winning record. They’re 1-1. The Wizards' overall road record is 6-26. 

Beal went down in the fourth quarter as he contested a shot on a fast break by Suns guard Shannon Brown. Beal did not step on anyone’s foot, but his ankle clearly wasn't 100%.  He initially hurt it March 3 in the fourth quarter vs. the Philadelphia 76ers and missed the next six games.

A team official said before the Wizards boarded a plane Thursday that Beal had treatment but no X-Rays or other tests. He hasn't officially been ruled out for the Lakers. That'll be determined at shootaround before the game.

Beal's ankle was taped but he still rolled it. He said when he was fine when he played last Saturday at home, but he favored it when making sharp cuts on defense. He already had been playing through a high right ankle sprain.

Would having him step back on the court with an ankle that’s not 100% and prone re-injured at this point in the season  make sense without a playoff berth in the balance? The Wizards might be better off playing it safe.