Fibula injury ends Bradley Beal's season early

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The Wizards started the season with John Wall sidelined by a stress injury in his left knee, and they'll end it with a similar injury to rookie shooting guard Bradley Beal.

The team announced shortly before the Wizards played on the road against the Toronto Raptors that Beal will miss the final eight games of the year with a stress injury to his right fibula. He is expected to be able to resume basketball-related activities in approximately six weeks, according to the team.

Beal did not travel to Toronto, instead staying behind in Washington for an MRI on Wednesday. He admitted discomfort the night before after struggling to score eight points on 3-for-11 shooting and taking a seat in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' 90-86 victory over Chicago at Verizon Center. It was Beal's second game after missing 11 of the previous 14 games with a right ankle sprain. In his first game back on March 31, Beal had 24 points and matched his career high with six 3-pointers in a 109-92 win over the Raptors.

Beal previously missed five games earlier in the year with a sprained right wrist and two with a sore back.

The third overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Beal is second on the Wizards (28-46 entering Wednesday) in scoring with 13.9 points per game. He is also averaging 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game and shooting 38.6 percent from 3-point range. Since the calendar changed to 2013, Beal has shot 48.4 percent from 3-point range. He recently set the Wizards franchise record for 3-pointers in a season by a rookie with 91. He notched a season-high 29 points and 11 rebounds against New York on March 1 and then turned his ankle two days later against Philadelphia.

Beal is third in scoring and second in minutes played among all rookies. He was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month in December and January.

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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