Bradley Beal has been sidelined the past nine games for the Washington Wizards, but the wait is finally over – the team’s leading scorer will be playing tonight against the New York Knicks, reports Adam Zagoria of SNY.
Earlier on Monday, Mike Prada reported that Beal was a game-time decision after participating in shootaround.
“We’ll see. I got to work out before the game, and the trainers, coaches and myself will decide before then. Still not sure,” he said.
Beal, 20, last played November 23 against the Knicks. He suffered a stress injury in his leg and since his absence, the Wizards have gone 4-5 including a current four-game losing streak.
The 6-4 guard is putting up quality numbers, averaging 20.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 13 games.
Beal’s workload might be reduced to prevent future injuries. He is averaging over 40 minutes per contest, and this is his second stress fracture after suffering one over the summer in a different part of his leg.
“We talked about it a little bit. I’ll leave that decision up to the docs and coach,” Beal said. “Of course, if the game’s in the heat of the moment, I won’t want to come out, if I play. But it’s for my own benefit. At the end of the day, I still want to compete to the best of my abilities, but at the same time, I have to be smart.”
The Knicks host the Wizards at 7:30 P.M. ET.