Both John Wall and Bradley Beal were injured in the Washington Wizards’ Game 1 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, but both Wizards guards said they’ll be in the lineup in Game 2 on Tuesday, according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post.
Wall hurt his left wrist after a hard landing on a fast break in the second quarter of Game 1. He looked to be in serious pain, but he stayed in the game and finished with 18 points and 13 assists. His injury got worse after the game and he didn’t practice on Monday, but the star point guard is confident he’ll be good to go for Game 2:
“We’ll get it down. We’ll get the swelling down before tomorrow’s game,” said Wall, who broke his left wrist his sophomore year in high school and initially thought he broke it again Sunday. “I did a lot of treatment last night. Just trying to get it as best as we can get it before the game tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Beal’s right ankle injury looked really bad, and he went to the locker room with tears in his eyes. He returned to the game in the fourth quarter, but he was noticeably hobbled and left the game before the final buzzer. The youngster scored 28 points in Game 1, a new playoff career high.
The good news is the swelling went down and Beal was able to practice on Monday. Having both Wall and Beal available certainly gives the Wizards a far greater chance to steal another on the road and go back home with a 2-0 series lead.