The Phoenix Suns are expected to be without Bradley Beal in their season opener against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Beal has been listed as questionable for the game with lower back tightness, and the Suns want to be cautious in their approach as the new season begins.
If Beal is officially ruled out, that means we’ll have to wait and see what Phoenix’s new big three of Beal, Kevin Durant and Devin Booker look like for a little while longer. It’s not clear how long this injury could sideline Beal, but given Phoenix wants to be cautious, that could mean he could miss more than one game.
When asked about the injury on Monday, Beal said it’s better than when he tweaked it last week.
“It’s better, it’s better,” Beal said. “A little tweak last week. Definitely trending right and feeling better. Was able to practice last two days. So it’s been good.”
Beal also said that his goal is to play in the season opener.
“That’s definitely my goal,” Beal said. “I definitely want to be out there with the guys, but definitely play it smart and see how I feel tomorrow.”
As much as Beal might want to play on Tuesday, Phoenix’s training staff may think it’s best to keep him sidelined to give him more time to recover before the Suns face the Lakers on Thursday.
We’ll have to wait and see if Beal is officially ruled out, but from the sounds of it, the Suns don’t want to take any risks this early in the season.