A rough week just got a lot rougher for the Wizards yesterday.
1. Bradley Beal needs surgery
This is the news that made a huge wave around the NBA world yesterday, and one that didn't please Wizards fans. Not one bit. Here's the quickest and slightly-less painful way to put the news: Beal will need surgery and is likely to miss approximately 6-8 weeks of the season, although we won't know a definitive timetable until after the surgery.
Let it sink in, run it's course through your mind and body, and eventually pass somehow, someway, at some point. But if you want to let the sting last a while, check out the news from all the sources below to make yourself feel as miserable as possible.
2. Beal will have the surgery Sunday
The sooner the better.
Beal is scheduled to undergo surgery at 1 pm tomorrow, according to his agent. #Wizards— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) October 12, 2014
That's Sunday, which is today as of this writing. While his teammates are tipping off their preseason home opener, Beal will be in an operating room.
3. How will this affect the team's three-point shooting?
No Trevor Ariza. No Martell Webster. No Beal. Those are the Wizards' best three-point shooters last season. Poof. Gone.
Glen Rice Jr. is the most obvious choice right now. Whether he can shoot the ball consistent enough from beyond the arc remains to be seen, but he can definitely score. Garrett Temple, who has been working on his three-point shooting this offseason, could potentially share the floor with John Wall again this season. Otto Porter could be experimented at the shooting guard position, as well. No doubt, this will be a team effort.
4. Will Wizards look for help elsewhere now?
In short: probably not. If there is anyone outside of this current training camp roster that the team would sign, it's Ray Allen, and we won't know his status until potentially after the season begins. After Xavier Silas had himself a very good shooting night against the Charlotte Hornets (team-high 16 points and 4-of-7 on three-pointers), he seems to be the most likely candidate to help fill the void while Beal is out.
5. The rest of the Wizards will play today
I'm not sure who's left at this point, but the Wizards are expected to field some sort of team when they take on the Detroit Pistons.
That's right. The preseason home opener is at 1 p.m. at the Verizon Center. And YES it will be televised on CSN and heard on 99.1 WNEW.