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Washington Wizards goaltender Bradley Beal will miss Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The team announcement the star was signed into NBA health and safety protocols for the second time in less than a month.
Beal missed three games from Dec. 23-28 due to health and safety protocols. The three-time All-Star was unable to compete in the Tokyo Olympics this summer also due to health and safety protocols.
It is not known if Beal has tested positive for COVID-19. If he has and remains asymptomatic, NBA protocols allow him to return in six days. The 28-year-old would miss three games before returning on January 17 in that scenario.
After previously stating that he was not vaccinated, Beal told reporters on December 30 received the COVID-19 vaccine to protect his family.
Beal is averaging 24.0 points, 6.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the 20-20 Wizards, who made significant improvements from last season under the guidance of the first head coach year Wes Unseld Jr.
The former University of Florida star played 10 NBA seasons. All of them have been with the Wizards, who selected Beal No. 3 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.
He was a member of the 2020-21 All-NBA team who averaged 30.9 points per game from 2019-20 to 2020-21. For his career, Beal has averaged 22.1 points per game.
Outside of protocol-related absences, Beal missed the Wizards’ 135-134 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers with a hip injury. He also missed two games in mid-November following the death of his grandmother.
Without Beal, expect Spencer Dinwiddie to be used more in the backcourt. He’s averaging 13.1 points, 5.6 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Aaron Holiday is a candidate to replace Beal in the starting lineup, having done so earlier this year. He is averaging 6.2 points per game in his fourth NBA season.