Wake-up call: Bradley Beal still must clear injury hurdle

Wake-up call: Bradley Beal still must clear injury hurdle
December 17, 2013, 6:00 am
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Beal breaks down game-winner vs. Knicks

NEW YORK -- The true test as to whether or not Bradley Beal is all the way back will come Tuesday, after he gets examined and practices with the Wizards after playing 30 minutes.

"I do it every day. That's going to be a pain in the butt. I've been doing it for the last three or four weeks already. It's definitely going to be a hassle," Beal said. "In order for me to be healthy, to be 100 percent, to get rid of this whole thing, I have to do it every day. That's the sacrifice I have to make. ... I'm fine. There's no issues. No pain anywhere."

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Beal, who missed nine games because of a stress reaction in his lower right leg, played longer than expected in his first game back in almost a month. He was in the starting lineup and scored seven points in the first half of Monday's 102-101 victory at the New York Knicks. Then Beal caught fire in the fourth quarter, hitting a series of three-pointers, drawing pair of offensive fouls in which he hit the deck hard and the converting the game-winning shot with 6.9 seconds remaining. 

He has had a stress reaction in two different places on the same bone, the fibula, in the last eight months. Beal was averaging an NBA-high 40 minutes per game before his latest injury.