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Bradley Beal: 'This injury won't heal in a week'

“The toughest thing for me is, as a player, with injuries, you have to be selfish,” he said. “You have to look at yourself and think about your career…my biggest thing is being on the floor, being available. My first four years in the league, I had that injury-prone label to my name, so I absolutely hate when I miss games. This injury, in particular, I know it’s something that — it won’t heal in a week. Hell, I don’t even know if it’ll heal in two weeks. James Harden, I think he missed a month. It’s different grades of strains. You never know. Your hamstring is so delicate. My final decision came down to, do I want the first time me coming back onto the floor with this injury to be in a must-win game, with me trying to do everything on the fly with a super important game? If I had just come back, played on Tuesday, I don’t know how I would have been. … I kind of understood the risk of playing (Sunday). I was comfortable with knowing, okay, if I tweaked it again, I was okay with knowing it could potentially set me back.”

“You’ve got to be able to have something within,” Westbrook said of playing hurt Sunday. “I can only speak from my personal experience last year. It’s more (adjusting) physically, at least for me. It doesn’t allow you to do the things that you’re able to do to help your teammates out. And also mental, because I know that I’m kind of letting my teammates down, not letting them see the best of me. Unfortunately in the sports world, injured or not, the media and people judge you based on that particular time. I think it’s kind of like a lose-lose situation, ’cause if you don’t play and you’re hurt, it’s a conversation. But if you play hurt and you play bad, it’s like, oh, well, he can’t play anymore.”

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said he was uncertain how serious Beal’s hamstring injury is and that the guard’s status will have to be determined over the next few days before Washington plays at Atlanta on Monday. “I knew it was a little tight in the second half,” said Beal, who checked out of the game with 21 seconds left in regulation. “First play of the second, I twisted my ankle … I went back out there, my left hammy felt a little tight. I didn’t think anything of it, kept playing. I think the layup on [Doug] McDermott put us up one, it kind of intensified a little bit, and then the floater I missed at the end, it definitely kind of put me over the top.”

Following his return to play Wednesday night in a 131-116 win over the Magic, Beal told NBC Sports Washington’s Justin Kutcher and Drew Gooden that he’s dealt with nerve issues in his hip as well. “It’s a little worse than a contusion, I got a little nerve stuff going on too,” Beal said. “It’s a matter of just every day, keeping the symptoms down and being able to dook it out. I feel if I can push through some things and be able to tolerate and move comfortably, then I’ll give it a go.”

“Bradley did everything possible to be ready to play, but after closely monitoring his individual workouts we came to the conclusion that it was best for him to sit out the upcoming games in Orlando and avoid the risk of further injury,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “Although he was able to play through the majority of the season with the injury, the layoff from March until now did not leave any of us feeling comfortable that he would have enough time to be ready to perform at the extremely high level we are all accustomed to seeing and agreed that not participating in the games in Orlando was the right decision.”

Beal experienced discomfort with his shoulder early in the season and worked with the team’s medical and performance staff to manage the injury. The symptoms worsened over the course of the hiatus and he began to rehabilitate the injury with the intent of returning to play. He will not travel with the team to Orlando and will continue his rehabilitation process over the summer. “This was a difficult decision and one that I did not take lightly as the leader of this team,” said Beal. “I wanted to help my teammates compete for a playoff spot in Orlando, but also understand that this will be best for all of us in the long term. I appreciate the support of my teammates, the fans and the entire organization and look forward to returning next season to continue the progress we have made.”

Beal, 22, was diagnosed with a sprained pelvis and didn’t return. He declined to speak to the media after the game and the team didn’t have an update on his status. Beal has missed 21 games this season because a shoulder injury, a stress reaction in his right fibula and a concussion. Washington’s second-leading scorer, Beal is expected to travel with the team to Portland Monday for Washington’s three-game road trip, but whether he will play Tuesday against the Trail Blazers is uncertain. Garrett Temple would return to the starting lineup if Beal is ruled out. Temple tallied 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 26 minutes Saturday, shooting 24.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from three-point range. He has also shot 58.3 percent from the free throw line in his 10 starts since the break.
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