Although Bradley Beal scored 26 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, he struggled from the field. He shot 9 for 28 from the field and 1 for 10 from three. Prolific scorers like Beal often bounce back after an off game, and Beal did just that.
Beal scored 53 points on 15 for 27 shooting. He also got to the free line 20 times, and shot 5 for 11 from three.
The Wizards needed every one of his 53 points to climb back into a game that they shouldn’t have trailed by double digits to begin with. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Washington, as they take on the Bucks, Nets, and Jazz this upcoming week.
If the Wizards are going to make the playoffs, they have to take care of business in games in which they are favorites. At one point, Washington trailed Chicago by 25 points.
It’s important to note that Chicago is a team that is dealing with many injuries right now, while the Wizards are relatively healthy. Chicago does have two guys who are really good scorers in Zach LaVine and Coby White. But there’s no reason for a relatively healthy Wizards team to trail a injury plagued Bulls team by 25 points.
Washington was able to go on a run and eventually cut the lead to single digits. However, trying to comeback from a 25 point deficit takes a lot of energy. Long range shots from Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans fell short during crucial times as a result of fatigue. Beal at times looked exhausted, and he did everything he could to get Washington back in the game.
The majority of his 53 points were scored when the Wizards were trying to mount a comeback. Davis Bertans also helped sparked that run to cut the lead to single digits. Bertans scored 22 points on 5 for 11 shooting from the three point line.
But when it was time to get crucial defensive stops in the fourth quarter, Washington was unable to do so. Sloppy rotations led to either open dunks or open corner three point shots.
Notable stat of the night
Washington couldn’t find a solution for Coby White in the first half, as he scored 26 points on 9 for 12 shooting from the field and 5 for 7 shooting from the three point line. He did all of this damage in just 15 minutes of game time.
What’s next for Washington
The Wizards will be back on home on Monday as they get set to take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee holds the best record in the NBA, with a record of 48-8. Unfortunately for Washington, Milwaukee also has the second best road record in the NBA at 22-5.
Washington really squandered an opportunity this past weekend to make up some ground in the Eastern Conference standings. With a record of 20-35, Washington still holds onto the 9th seed. But in order to grab that final playoff spot, the team has to go on some kind of extended winning streak.
That’s going to be tough with upcoming games against Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Utah.