Well, they won. But man, that could be a really costly win.
The good news is that the Wizards rallied after playing 38 bad minutes (the first eight minutes were great!) to force overtime, then made the big plays down the stretch to defeat the Orlando Magic, 105-101. A loss would have been devastating.
The potentially very bad news? This:
That's Bradley Beal being carried off the court after getting hurt in the final minute of overtime. I couldn't exactly tell what happened, but Beal was defending a Victor Oladipo drive and took a bad step backwards. Maybe his ankle turned. Maybe his knee buckled. It was hard to tell, honestly. Regardless, he took a tumble out of bounds and didn't get up for a while.
We'll update you as soon as we learn more. Best-case scenario is that this is like the tumble Beal took in Minnesota earlier this year, which ended up being nothing serious. Worse-case scenario is ... yeah, I don't want to think about this now.
UPDATE: The Wizards are calling this a sprained ankle, and he is day to day. Time to #Pray4Brad.
What's really unfortunate is that Beal made the game-saving play a possession earlier by chasing down Jameer Nelson, who had a wide-open layup.
That put the Wizards up two. After Oladipo's miss and Beal's injury, John Wall hit a pull-up jumper to push the lead to four, and that was that.
The unfortunate thing here is that this should have been an easy game. Take care of business, get out of dodge and stay ahead of the surging Bobcats. Problem is, after a torrid start, the Wizards played terribly, gladly taking the bushel of mid-range jumpers the Magic were selling at discount prices. It's as if the Wizards were buying them in bulk. The Wizards were down six with a minute and a half left and seemed destined to fall.
That was before John Wall snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The Wizards' star was playing a poor game to this point, launching too many jumpers, turning the ball over and even getting a technical foul for his efforts. But then he hit one three and drew a foul on another. One stop later, the Wizards were down three and this happened.
That tied the game, and we went to overtime when Jacque Vaughn, as NBA coaches often do, called a timeout to draw up ... a clearout for Victor Oladipo that missed badly. The two teams traded the lead in overtime before Beal's huge block and Beal's potentially-devastating injury.
We'll keep you posted as soon as we learn more. Let's hope for good news.