Report: Bradley Beal hopes to return to Wizards lineup Friday against Cavaliers

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The Wizards have gotten off to a 6-2 start, thanks in large part to the heroics of John Wall. But the bright side is that record could have been even better, when considering it has come with one of the team’s top players sidelined due to injury.

Bradley Beal suffered a wrist fracture during the preseason, but may be ready to return as early as the end of this week — not so coincidentally when Washington is set to face LeBron James, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

From Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist, is expected to return to practice this week and is “hoping” to make his season debut Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. …

A day after doctors evaluated his fractured left wrist and concluded he has avoided any setbacks, Beal exhibited no limitations during a dribbling and shooting drill with assistant coach David Adkins following the Wizards’ shootaround Saturday morning. The Wizards likely won’t practice Sunday so Beal would have to wait until Monday to practice for the first time.

Whenever he does return, Beal will be a huge upgrade to an offense that ranks just 19th in efficiency on the young season. He averaged 17.1 points in 34.7 minutes per contest last year, while starting in all 73 of his regular season appearances.