“Is the sky blue?” he stated calmly.
Beal is doing all the things he can to assist Washington win, however he is not getting the outcomes he so badly desires. Taking part in with out eight gamers due to damage, well being and security protocols or relaxation, Washington (3-11) dropped its third straight on Wednesday and now has the worst report within the NBA.
With Russell Westbrook resting and never enjoying, Beal made 17-of-37 photographs, together with six 3-pointers and added six assists and 4 steals. However regardless of what number of factors he continues to pour in, Beal’s Wizards hold dropping.
Beal leads the league in scoring with 35.four factors per sport. However the taking pictures guard additionally owns a distinction he fairly not have: Beal has misplaced 10 straight video games since 2019 when scoring 40 factors or extra. That is essentially the most in NBA historical past, in keeping with the Elias Sports activities Bureau.
This isn’t what Beal signed up for when he prolonged his deal for 2 extra years on a $72 million most contract in 2019.
“It is powerful,” Beal stated. “I’m not going to sit down right here and be naive… We wish to win. And I wish to win. This is the reason I stayed. I wish to win. I figured that is the place I can get it executed. It is powerful. Final yr was what it was. We had loads of guys out. John [Wall] was out. It was only a rotten yr. COVID hit.”
He added: “This yr it is the identical factor. Like in a mini-bubble exterior the bubble. No followers, no nothing, no apply time. It has been powerful.”
The Wizards didn’t play for practically two weeks after a coronavirus outbreak on the group resulted in six postponed video games. The group hopes to have a number of of the gamers sidelined by the well being and security protocols again as quickly as Friday’s sport towards Atlanta.
And Beal is doing his greatest to attempt to lead the group. However of the 95 gamers in NBA historical past with at the very least ten 40-point video games of their careers, Beal has the worst report of that group at 6-19 when scoring 40 factors.
Within the waning moments of the loss to New Orleans, Beal was seen sunk into his chair on the bench, frustration exhibiting along with his physique language. It was yet one more picture of a bitter-faced Beal making an attempt to deal with dropping after delivering a scoring gem.
“Yeah, I obtained to be higher with that,” Beal stated of hiding his feelings. “I imply, media goes to blow it up… I am mad about dropping. If I’m sitting over there laughing and smiling, what’s the media going to say then? ‘Oh, he would not take it critical.’
“I simply hate dropping. I hate dropping. And I’m going to proceed to indicate pissed-off faces. I attempt to management them as a lot as I can however I do not like dropping.”
Wizards coach Scott Brooks hopes that his group can have reinforcements again quickly. Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans, Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura, Ish Smith and Moritz Wagner have all been out resulting from well being and security protocols.
Brooks is aware of his star guard’s persistence is being examined.
“He is a critical athlete,” Brooks stated. “That is what I really like about him. He is a critical man. He competes. He desires to win. He is a winner. We’re not successful as a group, however Brad is a successful basketball participant.”
Beal, 27, has scored 30 or extra factors in 9 of his 13 video games this season.
“I do not come out and say I wish to rating 50, I wish to rating 40 tonight,” Beal stated. “That does not occur. Quite a lot of the s— I’m doing, I’m in awe half the time too. That’s the reason I credit score [God] for all the things.
“I really feel like I’ll drive myself bats— loopy if I [am] consumed in each single downside, like in each single factor that we did improper or each single loss. I am taking it a day at a time and continually specializing in getting higher, how can I assist my teammates get higher, what extra can I do personally to assist us win?… I’d be mendacity if I stated it was straightforward.”
Requested if all of the scoring he has executed will at the very least draw consideration and respect for the upcoming All-Star voting, Beal stated he wasn’t relying on it.
“I do not know, I used to be main scorer for some extent final yr too, I feel as much as All-Star break,” stated Beal, who was not an All-Star final season regardless of averaging 30.5 factors per sport. “And also you see what occurred then. So I am positively not getting my hopes up this yr.”