— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) January 9, 2021
Saturday, Tatum tested positive for the coronavirus.
That means Beal has to sit out the Wizards’ game against the Heat due to contact tracing, a story broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
This does not mean Beal has the virus; the quarantining is precautionary. If Beal shows no symptoms and registers a series of negative tests, he will be able to return to the court.
Washington needs him.
Beal leads the NBA with 35 points per game (he leads second-place Stephen Curry by five points a night), shooting 38.6% from three, he has an outstanding 60.4 true shooting percentage, he handles a lot of shot creation and gets big assignments on defense. Beal is playing the best basketball of his career this season.