It’s easy to look at Saturday’s Washington Wizards win against the Indiana Pacers as a big moment. Washington moved up to ninth in the Eastern Conference and where Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson for the most career triple-doubles in NBA history. But one key player was injured and that could hurt them down the line.
Bradley Beal had a left hamstring strain during the game which occurred during the third quarter. While he was able to score 50 points (it would have been the BIG story in and of itself on any other night besides last night due to Westbrook’s accomplishment), he did not play in overtime.
The Wizards announced that he would be evaluated today (the tweet was published yesterday) regarding Beal’s injury.
Injury update on Bradley Beal: left hamstring strain; he will be evaluated further tomorrow.— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 9, 2021
As Yanir Rubinstein wrote this morning, Washington may have momentum on their side, but they haven’t clinched a Top-10 seed yet. If Beal has to miss time over the next week, the last week of the regular season, it could hurt the Wizards’ seeding in the upcoming play-in tournament. In fact, the Wizards could somehow find themselves OUT of the play-in altogether, as hard as that looks at the moment.
Let’s hope that Beal’s all good to go for tomorrow when Westbrook prepares for what could be a record-breaking day against the Atlanta Hawks.