East Notes: Wizards, Bradley Beal, Heat, Bulls

Wizards

  • Shooting guard Bradley Beal is known for his offense, but it was his defense that got some attention in Friday’s overtime win against the Heat. Beal recorded his 737th steal, passing Elvin Hayes for third place in franchise history.
  • The Wizards stormed back from 15 down to overtake a vastly undermanned Heat squad, with forward Kyle Kuzma hitting a corner 3-pointer to send the game into OT. “I’m always in the mentality of ‘get rich or die trying,’” Kuzma said, via Bijan Todd of NBC Sports Washington. “If you miss 10, just keep shooting, eventually it’ll fall if you trust it.”
  • Guard Delon Wright will have his right hamstring injury evaluated this weekend, coach Wes Unseld Jr. told reporters. Wright has been sidelined since Oct. 25.

Heat 

The Heat had just seven players available for the game, and were forced to dress injured point guard Gabe Vincent, just to meet the league requirement of eight.

“It’s a shame,” coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters of the loss to the Wizards. “I really wished I could have told something better to my locker room because I’m really proud of that effort. We just had a couple of miscues. … Some very good things happened tonight.”

  • Forward Jimmy Butler (knee) is expected to miss at least two more games, per the Associated Press. The return of forward/center Bam Adebayo (knee) is also to be determined.
  • Meanwhile, guard Tyler Herro (ankle) has missed the past six games, but is expected to return for Sunday’s road game vs. the Cavaliers.
  • Small forward Duncan Robinson was also out Friday, after cutting a finger that got stuck in a practice jersey during the morning shootaround.

Bulls

Guard/forward DeMar DeRozan erupted for 41 points on Friday, but the Bulls lost their fourth straight, falling to the visiting Magic on a buzzer-beater from guard Jalen Suggs.

“We just can’t keep putting ourselves in a hole playing down 17, 19 points,” DeRozan told reporters. “It’s too tough. The margin of error is slim to try to make a comeback. You almost have to play perfect to win a game like that.”

  • Point guard Lonzo Ball (knee) is not yet running as he attempts to return from a knee injury that has sidelined him since the middle of last season, coach Billy Donovan said. Ball had a second surgery on his left knee in September and Donovan said his progress is “going slow.” There is no timetable on a return.

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