Since the start of April, the Washington Wizards have been one of the hottest teams in the entire league and they have posted a 15-7 record since then. Russell Westbrook has been spectacular throughout the second-half of the 2020-21 NBA season and soon, he will pass the great Oscar Robertson for the Most Triple-Doubles in NBA History!
This is going to be quite a remarkable achievement by Russell Westbrook when he does break this record, but he is not the only player on the Wizards that is helping them make a late postseason push. Bradley Beal has been fantastic all season long as well on the offensive-end of the court and he is going to wind up finishing this season averaging over 30 PPG, making it back-to-back years he has achieved this feat.
However, the other day against the Indiana Pacers, Bradley Beal seemed to have injured his left hamstring during the game and sat out all of the overtime period. Beal did score 50 points in this game, the second-time he has done so this season, but that may have been the last time we will see Beal on the court in the regular season.
While the MRI did reveal not major structural damage and no significant damage to his hamstring, Bradley Beal will sit tonight against the Atlanta Hawks and he will likely also remain out on Wednesday when the Wizards take on the Hawks again.
For a team on the brink of making the play-in tournament and still looking to lock up their postseason hopes, this injury has come at the worst time for Beal and the Wizards. His injury is not only going to impact Washington as they look to close out the season, but his injury will also have major impacts on the rest of the league and other teams fighting for playoff position.
With that said, let’s take a look at three ways Bradley Beal’s injury significantly impacts the remainder of the 2020-21 NBA season.