Bradley Beal said the plan is for him to start and play around 32 minutes when the Washington Wizards take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night. The Wizards guard made his first start since returning from a stress reaction in his right fibula against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday and logged 32 minutes – the most he’s played since returning from his 16-game absence – but was moved to a reserve role in Saturday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets as the team restricted his workload on the second game of a back-to-back set.
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Jared Dudley had put together strong resumes in previous years, but he believed this season was his best chance to earn an invitation to the NBA’s three-point contest. He’s been in the top three in three-point percentage for nearly the entire year, currently sits third at 46.4 percent, and, unlike in other seasons, he’s started most of his team’s games. He wasn’t a star, but he thought his performance warranted a selection. But the 30-year-old Wizards forward wasn’t among the eight chosen for the event, which is scheduled for Saturday night in Toronto. “It’s something I would’ve done,” said Dudley, who is 71 of 153 from beyond the arc in 48 games this season. “I know the politic thing. I just thought that when you’re top three or top five in three-point [shooting], usually that outweighs it.
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