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Wizards rookie Beal to miss rest of season

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Washington Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal will miss the remainder of the season with a stress injury in his right fibula, the club announced on Wednesday. Beal will be able to resume basketball-related activities in approximately six weeks.

Beal, who was selected with the third overall pick out of Florida in the 2012 NBA Draft, was averaging 13.9 points, 3.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds while shooting .386 from 3-point range in 56 games in his first season. He currently ranks third among all rookies in scoring and 3-point percentage and second in minutes per game (31.2 mpg).

Beal struggled during the first half of the season, but when teamed up with backcourt mate John Wall, Beal thrived. The duo played in 25 games together and the Wizards compiled a 16-9 mark. The Wizards (28-46) have eight games remaining, including Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Raptors.

Beal was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December and January and set the Wizards rookie franchise record for 3-pointers made in a season with 91.

Beal previously missed 18 games during his rookie campaign, 11 because of a sprained left ankle, five because of a sprained right wrist and two others due to a sore back.

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