by Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Cool as a cucumber was Bradley Beal in his return to the Washington Wizards Monday night in New York. It was a heck of a moment for the 20-year-old, who was taken off the court in similar situations last year as a rookie.

“Last year there were moments where I would just sit back and watch guys out there on the floor and watch how certain situations were played at the end of the game,” Beal told Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier Tuesday on 106.7 The Fan. “I knew when my opportunity presented itself I was going to take full advantage of it. I’m glad my teammates were behind me and coach had the confidence to go ahead and put the ball in my hand a the end of the game.”

Beal missed the past couple of weeks with a stress injury to his right leg but said he experienced no discomfort against the Knicks.

“It really surprised me,” he said. “I think the trainers did a good job of making sure I was in good condition… They stayed on my butt.”

The pleasant surprise carried over to the next day.

“Nothing’s hurting,” Beal said. “I don’t have anytime type of pain or anything like that. So, that’s a good sign. I gotta continue to stay with the program my trainers have given me. Because if I don’t, it can go all downhill from there… Hopefully I can eliminate this thing for good.”

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