Wake-up call: Beal walks on sore left knee

Wake-up call: Beal walks on sore left knee
December 28, 2013, 6:00 am
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Beal goes down in the 4th

Bradley Beal went down hard in Friday night's loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he's optimistic that after getting further testing on his left knee Saturday that he'll be able to suit up vs. the Detroit Pistons at Verizon Center. 

"I tried to cut to the rim. I ended up bumping knees," Beal said of his fourth-quarter collision with Luc Mbah a Moute in which he had to be carried off the court by two teammates. "I was just trying really to get up. I was hoping it wasn't anything too too serious or too crazy. I was able to put a little bit of weight on it afterwards but I just have to see when I get an MRI."

The Wizards (12-14) said Beal had an an X-Ray that was negative. But MRI provides a more detailed snapshot of the knee. Beal missed nine games because of a stress reaction in his lower left leg and returned to action a week ago. 

"I plan on walking on it," said Beal, who had crutches. "The X-ray was pretty positive. I mean negative. That's a good thing. I'm going to continue to try to put weight on it and see how I feel."

While Beal may have hope to play, the Wizards are still limiting him to less than 30 minutes per game and could err on the side of caution. He has had two stress injuries to the right leg in the last eight months and there could be concern about overcompensating if his right knee is weaker as a result of this knee bump.