Wizards G Bradley Beal is flowing right now. On Sunday night against the Hawks, Beal dropped 40 points in a losing effort, and last night in Milwaukee, Beal scored a season-high 47 points, but just like on Sunday night, it was in a losing effort, as the Wizards lost on the road to the Bucks 151-131. Beal and James Harden are the only players this season with multiple instances of back-to-back 40-point games.
Beal, who returned on January 12 after missing five games with an ankle injury, is averaging 38 points per game in the last five games for Washington. However, the Wizards are 2-3 in the last five, and even though Beal is putting up big numbers, for him, it’s not good enough if the team is not winning.
“Forties don’t matter,” Beal said after the Wizards’ loss. “They don’t matter at all. You can throw them out the window for all I care. We gotta win ball games, and that’s all I want to do, and I’m sure that’s what we all want to do. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We gotta pick ourselves up and try to fix it.”
While Beal is playing at a high level, according to the two-time All-Star, he is still trying to find his rhythm.
“Sick part is I’m not in crazy rhythm like I want to; I’m just trying to be aggressive,” Beal said. “I’m just trying to win. That’s all I want to do. I don’t care about points; I don’t care about stats. I can average 80 points, but if we don’t win, I’m gonna be pissed.”
Defensively, the Wizards have struggled mightily, and in the last two games, they have allowed 152 points to the Hawks and 151 points to the Bucks. That’s not winning basketball.
With that being said, the Wizards have to be happy with Beal’s aggression and his ability to put the ball in the basket.