“Is the sky blue?” he stated calmly.
Beal is doing every thing he can to assist Washington win, however he is not getting the outcomes he so badly needs. Playing with out eight gamers due to harm, 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 taking part in, Beal made 17-of-37 photographs, together with six 3-pointers and added six assists and 4 steals. But regardless of what number of factors he continues to pour in, Beal’s Wizards maintain shedding.
Beal leads the league in scoring with 35.4 factors per sport. But the taking pictures guard additionally owns a distinction he reasonably not have: Beal has misplaced 10 straight video games since 2019 when scoring 40 factors or extra. That’s essentially the most in NBA historical past, in keeping with the Elias Sports Bureau.
This shouldn’t be what Beal signed up for when he prolonged his deal for 2 extra years on a $72 million most contract in 2019.
“It’s tough,” Beal stated. “I am not going to sit here and be naive… We want to win. And I want to win. This is why I stayed. I want to win. I figured this is the place I can get it done. It’s tough. Last year was what it was. We had a lot of guys out. John [Wall] was out. It was just a rotten year. COVID hit.”
He added: “This year it’s the same thing. Like in a mini-bubble outside the bubble. No fans, no nothing, no practice time. It’s been tough.”
The Wizards didn’t play for practically two weeks after a coronavirus outbreak on the staff resulted in six postponed video games. The staff 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 staff. But of the 95 gamers in NBA historical past with not less than ten 40-point video games of their careers, Beal has the worst report of that group at 6-19 when scoring 40 factors.
In the waning moments of the loss to New Orleans, Beal was seen sunk into his chair on the bench, frustration displaying with his physique language. It was yet one more picture of a bitter-faced Beal making an attempt to manage with shedding after delivering a scoring gem.
“Yeah, I got to be better with that,” Beal stated of hiding his feelings. “I mean, media is going to blow it up… I’m mad about losing. If I am sitting over there laughing and smiling, what is the media going to say then? ‘Oh, he doesn’t take it serious.’
“I simply hate shedding. I hate shedding. And I’m going to proceed to point out pissed-off faces. I attempt to management them as a lot as I can however I do not like shedding.”
Wizards coach Scott Brooks hopes that his team will have reinforcements back soon. Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans, Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura, Ish Smith and Moritz Wagner have all been out due to health and safety protocols.
Brooks knows his star guard’s patience is being tested.
“He’s a severe athlete,” Brooks said. “That’s what I really like about him. He’s a severe man. He competes. He needs to win. He’s a winner. We’re not successful as a staff, however Brad is a successful basketball participant.”
Beal, 27, has scored 30 or more points in nine of his 13 games this season.
“I do not come out and say I wish to rating 50, I wish to rating 40 tonight,” Beal said. “That does not occur. Plenty of the s— I’m doing, I’m in awe half the time too. That is why I credit score [God] for every thing.
“I feel like I will drive myself bats— crazy if I [am] consumed in every single problem, like in every single thing that we did wrong or every single loss. I’m taking it a day at a time and constantly focusing on getting better, how can I help my teammates get better, what more can I do personally to help us win?… I would be lying if I said it was easy.”
Asked if all of the scoring he has executed will not less than draw consideration and respect for the upcoming All-Star voting, Beal stated he wasn’t relying on it.
“I don’t know, I was leading scorer for a point last year too, I think up to All-Star break,” stated Beal, who was not an All-Star final season regardless of averaging 30.5 factors per sport. “And you see what happened then. So I’m definitely not getting my hopes up this year.”