Bradley Beal Won't Play In Restart Due To Shoulder Injury
Jul 11 2020
When the National Basketball Association season shut down March 11 after Utah's Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with COVID-19, Beal was averaging 30.5 points per game, trailing only Houston's James Harden at 36.7.
Rookie Rui Hachimura enters the restart as the Wizards leading active scorer this season.
In a statement, Beal, 27, said it was a hard decision, and that he looked forward to returning next season "to continue the progress we have made". "I wanted to help my teammates compete for a playoff spot in Orlando, but also understand that this will be best for all of us in the long term".
Beal becomes the second player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 30 points in a season where he was not an All-Star.
The team sits 5.5 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. He became only the sixth player in league history to record back-to-back 50-point games when he scored 53 against the Chicago Bulls on February 23 and 55 versus the Milwaukee Bucks on February 24. Dantley appeared in only 22 games that season. Beal began to rehabilitate the shoulder with plans on playing but together with team doctors decided sitting out was the best course.
Separately, Taurean Prince, a Brooklyn Nets power forward, tested positive for the novel coronavirus and will be out for the National Basketball Association restart, ESPN senior National Basketball Association insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted.
The Pacers now sit at 5th in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 39-26, the same record as the 6th place Philadelphia 76ers and 2 games behind the 4th place Miami Heat.