Bradley Beal Breaks Wrist, Out 6-8 Weeks
Bradley Beal is quickly making a name for himself as an explosive young talent in the NBA. He’s also quickly earning a record for being an injury-prone player.
Per reports, Beal suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left (non-shooting) wrist and will miss at least the next 6-8 weeks. The injury will require surgery and could easily keep him off the court for over two months.
Beal was a huge part of Washington’s revival last season and was understandably equally important for their 2014-15 success. At least for the first two months, however, he will have to be replaced.
Doing so is definitely easier said than done, as the Wiz really only have Martell Webster and Glenn Rice Jr. to lean on. The two will likely form a rotation at the two guard spot, while the Wizards could also opt to deploy backup point guard Andre Miller at the two spot with starting point guard John Wall. The move would hamper Washington’s outside shooting, but could help keep a solid flow on offense and would also improve their facilitation.
Webster and Rice will have to play some kind of role, though, and regardless of exactly how the Wizards end up rotating guards at the two spot, they’ll need the outside shooting of both of their wing players. Webster can do exactly that as a three-point specialist, while not much is know of Rice yet as to just how much he can contribute.
Rice is probably the preferred option between him and Webster, but Webster is far more experienced and reliable at this point. Rice did not impress in brief time on the court as a rookie last year, but he did have a very nice summer league stay and has even shined in preseason play. It’s possible Otto Porter could also figure into the mix, but it looks like the team wants to give Rice a chance at earning a bigger role. With the Beal injury, they may have found a way to test his confidence and see what he can do with more time on the floor.
Regardless of who takes over in Beal’s absence, this is a massive blow to Washington’s offense. If they can’t find a way to make up for such a big loss, they may start out of the gates with a poor record. That’s bad news for a team that is in a conference that is only getting more competitive.
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