Wizards’ Bradley Beal shouldn’t have played through ankle injuries

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a stress injury to his right fibula. Looking back, he told J. Michael of CSN Washington that he knows he shouldn’t have attempted to play through injuries to both of his ankles.


"Should I have?" Beal said rhetorically. "No. But I was going to play regardless because I'm a hard-headed kid. That's just how I am. I'm always competitive. I always want to play."


Beal’s season came to an end Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls. He fell hard to the floor and sustained his leg injury, after just recently returning from a left ankle sprain that forced him to miss 11 games.

It’s been an arduous season for the talented guard, as he had previously been playing through an injury to his right ankle. While that ailment didn’t cause him to miss time, it did impact his play and likely resulted in other bangs and bruises.

Beal told Michael that he’s glad his injury isn’t more significant – a stress reaction rather than a fracture or break – but he is still frustrated that it’s shut him down for the season. Over 56 games, the 19-year-old averaged 13.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest.

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