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Bradley Beal expects minute limit for rest of his career


Bradley Beal returned to the Wizards after more than a month’s absence, playing 23 minutes in a win over the Bucks last night. His playing time should gradually increase.

Just don’t expect it to reach the 36.5 minutes per game he was getting before the injury.

Beal, via J. Michael of CSN Washington:

“Probably, especially with the way my body works,” Beal said about having his minutes capped at a maximum. “It doesn’t want to listen to me so I got to as much as I can take care of it, be smart about it moving forward through the rest of my career that’s probably something that’s going to happen every year.”

With Beal’s injury history is a long one, a person with knowledge of the situation told CSN a few weeks ago that number will be 35 minutes.

Beal has had several stress reactions on his right fibula, a worrying trend for the 22-year-old.

He’ll become a restricted free agent this summer, and I still think he gets a max contract. There just aren’t many wings who combine his athleticism and outside shooting – let alone at such a young age.

But teams will be concerned. It’s not just him playing only 35 minutes, plenty even for a starter. It’s the risk of him still getting hurt. Limited playing time won’t nullify his injury risk. It just exposes that Beal’s is higher than an average player.

Nobody wants to sign him long-term only to have him sidelined for a lengthy period, miss significant moments and/or regress as his athleticism declines.

In the meantime, the Wizards are happy to have him back. He’ll take some pressure off John Wall, who has kept Washington (18-19) in the playoff race.

Drake coaching Tracy McGrady-led Canadian team in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drake is facing off against Kevin Hart on the court.

The Canadian actor-rapper and the American actor-comedian will serve as the coaches for the Canada and USA teams at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

The “Best I Ever Had”” singer’s team is comprised of Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, Drew and Jonathan Scott of “Property Brothers,” tennis player Milos Raonic, actor-singer Kris Wu, NBA TV analyst Rick Fox, Stephan James (“Race”), former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady and Indiana Fever player Natalie Achonwa.

The “Ride Along 2” star’s team will feature such celebrities as Anthony Anderson of “blackish,” “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray of “Empire,” “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon, Jason Sudeikis (“Race”), former NBA players Chauncey Billups and Muggsy Bogues, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne.

The game will be held Feb. 12 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers: Don’t expect Blake Griffin to return anytime soon

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The Clippers announced Blake Griffin would miss at least two weeks with a partially torn left quad tendon.

Nineteen days later, how is Griffin doing?

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, via Robert Morales of the Long Beach Press-Telegram:

“He’s running, which is nice and he looked great yesterday just moving around the gym,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before tipoff against the Heat. “But I think this thing is going to take time, if you want me to be honest. And I don’t know what that actually means.

“But I don’t think we should look for him any time soon.”

The Clippers have gone 10-0 since Griffin suffered the injury, including the game he hurt himself (and played 36 minutes). Their offense is humming with Paul Pierce starting and providing additional spacing, and they’ve kicked up their defense a notch.

This success has given Griffin the luxury of taking time with his return, ensuring he’s fully healthy.

The Clippers are still better with Griffin, one of the NBA’s best players. But this period could be instrumental in finding additional lineups that work after the rotation looked so top-heavy earlier in the season.

Report: Prominent Grizzly fed up with Jeff Green

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Jeff Green‘s stint with the Grizzlies has been a major disappointment.

It came to a head Tuesday in Memphis’ loss to the Rockets.

Green started, but he missed both his shots and didn’t grab any rebounds in 15 first-half minutes. Memphis got outscored by 10 points with him on the court.

He didn’t play at all in the second half.

Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal:

Jeff hasn’t gotten it done, and he’s shooting very poorly over the last six games. His attitude hasn’t been the best. He’s not playing very well defensively.

And I know of a guy who matters in that locker room that wanted to wring his neck last night.

After a play? Tillery:

No. I was told, point blank. I was told, point blank, by a guy in that locker room who matters that Jeff doesn’t care.

Speculating, that sounds like Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley or Tony Allen. They’re the team’s leaders.

And if they feel that way – fairly or not – it made sense for Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger to sit Green. Joerger shouldn’t risk alienating other players for Green.

But that’s just a short-term solution.

Even with Green struggling, Memphis will have a tough time filling wing minutes with just Courtney Lee, Matt Barnes, Allen and Vince Carter. That’s especially true because the Grizzlies now go smaller and start three of them.

Joerger must find a compromise – getting Green to play hard enough to justify minutes and convincing his teammates to accept reduced expectations for someone who was supposed to take Memphis to the next level. The Grizzlies don’t need Green to be a star to play him. They just need him to be decent. That’s enough for a first step back on track.

In the long run, they can – as Green’s previous teams have done – hope he form the intriguing elements of his game into a complete package. Failing that – as Green’s previous teams have done – they can look into trading him.

Rodney Stuckey out at least two weeks with injured foot

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Rodney Stuckey is expected to miss at least two weeks with an injured right foot.

The team said he has been diagnosed with a sprain and bone bruise. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Stuckey was injured during Tuesday’s game against Phoenix and missed Wednesday’s game at Boston. The Pacers host Washington on Friday.

He is one of the Pacers’ top bench players, fifth on the team in scoring at 9.8 points per game and fourth in assists at 2.6. Stuckey also averages 3.4 rebounds.