The end to the minutes restriction on Bradley Beal isn't going to change during this four-game, seven-day road trip to the West coast. He'll be kept to a maximum of 30, and if the Wizards end up in an overtime game again and he's at the limit he'll remain on the bench. That's what happened in Wednesday's loss to the Boston Celtics as Beal could be seen seething. The Wizards play at the Phoenix Suns on Friday (CSN+, 9 p.m. ET).
"They may move up next month. Hopefully. We'll see how I do this week," said Beal, who has played 30 in each of the last three games and has never exceeded 31 since returning from a stress reaction in his lower right leg Dec. 16. "They may increase gradually but I have to meet with doc and the training staff and we'll go from there."
Managing Beal's leg will get more complicated after he was chosen by USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski to be part of the 28-player pool for the the next three summers leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. There's also the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. Beal has developed two stress reactions in the same non-weight bearing bone of his right leg, the fibula, in different spots since April. A reaction is a precursor to a fracture and could lead to season-ending surgery.
Beal, and the Wizards, will have to be careful. He wasn't cleared for full contact when he trained with USA Basketball in July in Las Vegas as he recovered from the first onset of the stress reaction.
"It's a huge accomplishment. It's definitely No. 1 on my list," Beal said after practice at Verizon Center on Thursday. "I'm blessed and honored to be a part of that. Not a lot of people get chosen for that. I'm really happy about it. Hopefully I'll be able to come in and make the team."