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Bradley Beal leaves game vs. Pacers with hamstring injury originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
As the Wizards were battling the Pacers in the closing minutes of regulation and in overtime of their 133-132 win on Saturday, All-Star guard Bradley Beal was on the sideline, leaning on the scorers table in obvious pain.
After scoring 50 points in the victory, Beal exited with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Scott Brooks. He had also left the game earlier with an ankle injury, but was able to return.
The hamstring is of more concern at the moment, though Brooks does not believe it is serious. The Wizards play their next game on Monday in Atlanta.
"Brad knows [his body] as well as anybody and he didn’t want to push it at the end. He tried to, but our guys helped him," Brooks said.
While Beal was out, the Wizards outscored the Pacers 9-to-8 in overtime, capped by go-ahead free throws and a win-sealing block by Russell Westbrook. By winning, they vaulted over Indiana into the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference.
"It’s always great to be able to have your teammates have your back and your support when you go down. It’s always next man up," Beal said.
The Wizards will monitor Beal's two injuries over the next two days before determining whether he can face the Hawks. Washington only has four games left before the regular season is over.
After that, they hope to be in the play-in tournament. Certainly, Beal's status will bear watching, as he is their top scorer. They will need him healthy for a potential postseason run.