The Washington Wizards are one of the NBA’s four winless teams, and shooting guard Bradley Beal believes the team is better than that.
Beal, the Wizards’ $127 million man, told Candace Buckner of the Washington Post that he doesn’t see Washington in the same breath as New Orleans (0-5), Phoenix (0-4), and Philadelphia (0-4).
“We know we’re better than 0-3,” said Beal, who had 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. “I feel like we should be 3-0 right now, but we gave up some tough games. The crazy thing is we know what we’re doing wrong. It’s just a matter of us just doing it.”
So far, Washington has been dropped by at least nine points in each of their games. Collectively, they’re a mess. The defense is paltry and offense is average, and Beal hasn’t yet found his nine-figure shooting stroke.
He’s averaging just 14 points on a meager 38.1 percent shooting, and his reliable three-point shot has been everything but. With a clip of about 29 percent, Beal is way below his career average.
Not everything is his fault, though. Defensively, there’s utter confusion and everything seems disjointed. Washington is allowing 113 points per game on 50 percent shooting, and their three-point defense is shockingly dreadful; the opposition is nailing 45.1 percent of their shots from deep. In their most recent game against Toronto, DeMar DeRozan took full advantage of shotty defense and dropped 40 on 14/23 shooting.
John Wall is doing everything that he can to keep the Wizards in games and is averaging greater than 22 points and 11 assists while shooting 45 percent from the field. Fourth-year forward Otto Porter is another bright spot, and the former Hoya is fresh off a 23-point, ten rebound effort against the Raptors.
One of the most overlooked point guards in the league wants his team to use this as motivation, and the Wizards have the talent to turn their season around before it spirals out of control.
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