Bradley Beal did practice Thursday afternoon, though it wasn't made clear if he sat out certain portions because of his right hip pointer.
Beal: "Man, I was struggling to get out of bed. I knew that going in, but once I got there the trainers worked on me a little bit and I was able to move a little bit and I ran and got some shots up, too. So I think once I get going it'll start loosening up and I think once I do that I'll be fine."
Coach Randy Wittman: "He's fine. A little sore. He went through work today. He'll be fine. Everybody is sore at this point in the year."
As if Bradley Beal needed another body part to worry about, it's now his right hip. He doesn't anticipate it'll prevent him from taking the court in Friday's must-win against the Indiana Pacers.
“I feel all right. A little bit of pain but I feel a lot better. My trainers worked on me a little bit," Beal said after a 99-93 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. "I was pushing through pain on the court but hopefully by Friday it will all be gone."
Beal, who has had issues with a stress injury to his lower right leg and a sprained right ankle just two weeks ago, limped off the floor late in the second quarter against Phoenix. He was stripped of the ball on a drive to the basket and went after it on the floor. Marcus Morris landed on top of him to cause the injury.
"What happened on the play is I fell to the ground ... somebody just landed on top of me and thrusted my hip into the ground," Beal said. "The front part of my hip just banged against the ground really hard. I wasn't able to extend or really run back done the court. I walked all the way back down the court so I knew as soon as I tried to contest the shot I couldn't and I should just come off.”
Beal didn't start the third quarter because he stayed in the trainer's room. He checked back in at 6:21 as the Wizards made their run to erase most of a 25-point deficit. Beal missed all five of his shot attempts in the second half to finish with eight points, but he did have five assists and two steals as the Wizards trailed only by four.
"Those things are hard, the hip pointer-type thing," coach Randy Wittman said. "Its fine until you get it nudged again. He came back out and gave it a try. I appreciated that."