Wizards have time on their side before Round 2

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm •  Published: May 1, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom vs. Jerry? Or Pacers vs. Hawks?

Washington guard Bradley Beal has a professional interest in the latter, but he was leaning toward personal preference when asked about his television viewing plans for Thursday night.

"I'll probably watch cartoons," said Beal, even though the Wizards will face either Indiana or Atlanta in the second round of the playoffs. "Probably Tom and Jerry or something."

And though the cartoon classic seems to be bit old-school for a 20-year-old, Beal quipped, "I'm an old soul."

There was no urgency for Beal to do his homework because the Wizards have time on their hands. After finishing off the Chicago Bulls in five games Tuesday night, Washington has a five-day layoff before the start of the next series.

"It gives us a chance to rest," Beal said. "We won in five games, so that's good on our part. But at the same time, we've still got to keep our legs in tune, make sure we're staying in shape and not out of condition for Monday."

Coach Randy Wittman gave his team the day off on Wednesday, and Thursday was an "individual day" for players to get in whatever work they felt they needed. Regular practice resumes Friday, with the hope that all the downtime won't stymie the momentum from the franchise's first playoff series win in nine years.

"Whether you like rest or you want to keep going, we don't have a choice," Wittman said. "We'll do what we have to do to take advantage of these days."

Beal was on the court working on shots off the dribble and 3-pointers. Drew Gooden, one of the team's older players, arrived at 9:30 a.m. and experienced a true body-maintenance day: good breakfast, cardio work, weight room, light shooting, cold tub and yoga.

Fellow veteran Marcin Gortat was asked if the challenge was to stay sharp.

"No," Gortat said, "the challenge is to heal."

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