The Wizards suffered a 106-102 loss to Julius Randle and co. Bradley Beal put the blame on his shoulder, saying that he should be closing games out.
This season, Washington Wizards have clearly underperformed. With the acquisition of former MVP Russell Westbrook alongside All-Star Bradley Beal, the Wizards looked to be a real good team on paper.
Although, things haven’t been going too well for Wizards. Despite having two tremendous players, the team doesn’t look to be half as deadly as they promised to be.
On Thursday night, Beal and Co. suffered yet another close loss. This time they were hosted by New York Knicks, to whom Washington lost 106-102. Washington’s All-Star shooting guard, despite having had a team-high of 26 points and 9 assists, blamed himself for the loss.
In a postgame interview, Bradley expressed his frustrations and admitted that he could’ve won the game, only if he closed out the game well. Beal stated:
“I put this on my shoulders. I gotta close the game out…We came out with the right focus, right energy.”
Bradley Beal: “I put this on my shoulders. I gotta close the game out…We came out with the right focus, right energy.”
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) March 26, 2021
“Gotta get my head out of my a**”: Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal has been pretty vocal about his frustrations this season. To his credit, he has been doing everything he can to help his team win games. The 6-foot-3 guard has been NBA’s leading scorer, who isn’t getting the help he was promised to get from Russell Westbrook.
In close matches like these, Washington’s remaining players have to only support their All-Stars. Despite his performance, Beal stated how he as well as the team has to be better. He explicitly said:
“I’ve gotta get my head out of my a** and be better.”
Bradley Beal on not closing the game out tonight: “I’ve gotta get my head out of my ass and be better.”
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) March 26, 2021
Washington Wizards are now at an underwhelming 13th spot in the Eastern Conference. Despite his team’s struggles, Bradley Beal continues to have an MVP-like season.
He’s been putting up staggering numbers throughout the season, averaging 31.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Although it might be a little late for the Wizards to make a playoff push, they can definitely continue to play hard and finish the season strong.