Bradley Beal has never been shy about his desire to leave the game of basketball better than how he found it. With Bradley Beal Elite, his AAU program, the Washington Wizards star is doing just that.
As the season winds down and the Eastern Conference playoff race tightens, every game matters and Bradley Beal is turning it up to try to get his team back to the postseason.
It was only fitting that, in his return to the lineup on Wednesday, Bradley Beal made his first shot to give the Wizards a lead they held for the duration on the way to a 116-105 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday begins what is known in the Beal household and many others as The Season of Giving, and with that in mind, Brad and his boys spent their Saturday making sure those less fortunate in D.C. had a happy holiday ahead.
Over the course of a recent four-game win streak, the Washington Wizards became known for their stingy defense, which rose into the Top 10 in the league for fewest points allowed per game. So when the Wizards allowed 38 points in the second quarter on Friday to fall behind by double digits at halftime to a Miami Heat team without three of its best players, Coach Wes Unseld Jr. let his players have it in the locker room.
This season, the Washington Wizards have added a new piece of hardware to their postgame victory celebrations, awarding a title belt to the team’s defensive player of the game for that evening. On Wednesday, after the Wizards snapped a three-game losing skid with a hard-fought 121-111 win on the road in Philly, Bradley Beal got to wear the belt.
For 47 minutes and change, Friday was a frustrating night for Bradley Beal. But with one shot, Brad turned it all around, sinking a runner with seven seconds left to push the Wizards to a win over the Bulls.
In his first NBA regular season game action in nearly nine months, Bradley Beal scored 23 points and led the Washington Wizards to a season-opening road win over the Indiana Pacers.
Just over eight months to the day of his last appearance in a Washington Wizards game, Bradley Beal was back on the court on Friday as the Wiz opened a two-game preseason set with the Golden State Warriors in Tokyo, getting his feet wet for a huge season to come in The District.
The Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics have now played two instant classics in the opening two weeks of the season, and Washington has emerged victorious both times — this time thanks in large part to the efforts of Bradley Beal.