Lou Williams Expected To Play In Restart; Beal Still Undecided

Seven players so far have opted out of the NBA’s restart this summer, but Clippers guard Lou Williams is unlikely to join that group. Despite previously expressing uncertainty about his status, Williams is expected to suit up for the Clippers as they pursue a title at Walt Disney World, head coach Doc Rivers said on Wednesday.

“As far as Lou, all indications (are) that yes, he is (playing),” Rivers said on a Zoom call, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com. “Obviously, up until we get on the plane, anything can happen. But I do expect Lou to be with us. I would be very surprised if he’s not.”

Meanwhile, another high-scoring guard, Bradley Beal, remains uncertain about his status for Orlando, as Youngmisuk writes in a separate story. Beal’s teammate Davis Bertans has already pulled out due to injury concerns ahead of his upcoming free agency. Beal’s backcourt mate and fellow All-Star John Wall won’t be in attendance either, as he continues to focus on his Achilles rehab and a 2020/21 return.

According to Youngmisuk, Beal is considering health factors too as he weighs his options.

“I have yet to make (my decision),” Beal told reporters on Wednesday. “I am still working my tail off every single day as if I am playing. It is more or less a decision that will come down to the medical staff and coming back from zero to 100, and then I have some nagging stuff from the end of the year that we are trying to clean up, too. We are looking at it from all angles. I am definitely working out every single day here. It is good to be back in the facility. … I am not swayed one way or another.”

Here’s more on certain players’ participation decisions:

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5 thoughts on “Lou Williams Expected To Play In Restart; Beal Still Undecided

  1. emac22

    At least the Nets players realized they had no shot at the playoffs and saved themselves the embarrassment.

    • hiflew

      How can you say they have “no chance” at the playoffs when they are currently in the playoffs and are very unlikely to be knocked out aside from the ridiculous wild card game?

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        The Wizards only have to finish within 4 games of the Nets to force a play-in series, and they’re just 6 games behind them now. It’s probably a safe assumption that Brooklyn will be the 8th seed and Washington the 9th seed which means that the Nets would need just one win to advance, while the Wizards will have to win twice (which is definitely possible).

  2. El Don

    BRK are gonna be in the playoffs mark my words, even without Dimwiddie in the team, WAS ain’t gonna force the wild card game as simple as that, even if the Nets or Magic loses all games, they will be in the playoffs.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      You’re absolutely certain that Washington won’t win two more games than Brooklyn to force a play-in series? If Beal sits out then that’s certainly a possibility, but if he plays I wouldn’t bet on the Wizards failing to finish within 4 games.

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