Defenses keying on Bradley Beal puts him 'in a daze'

Defenses keying on Bradley Beal puts him 'in a daze'
March 13, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Bradley Beal's season keeps taking a downward turn post All-Star break, at least when it comes to his shooting accuracy. Since Feb. 11, when he went 15-for-24 in Memphis for a career-high 37 points, Beal is shooting 83-for-207 in 13 games. That's 40% overall, just one point better than his three-point shooting in that same span.

Defenses have adjusted to Beal and are running at him constantly. In Wednesday's 98-85 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, Beal conceded they confused him with their coverages.

"They did a great job of changing up what they were doing, especially with me on pick-and-rolls, they were going over and under. Kind of left me in a daze in some moments of the game. They took a lot of our threes away," said Beal of the Wizards' 9-for-25 shooting from deep. "Like Trev (Ariza) didn't have too many catch-and-shoots. Martell (Webster) and myself didn't have too many catch-and-shoots threes. That took us out of sync."

Beal shoots 45.3%, according to the NBA's player tracking stats, on catch-and-shoots from three-point range. In fact, 329 of his 936 points for the season have come on catch-and-shoots, when a player holds the ball for less than two seconds, from 10 feet and beyond and doesn't dribble before putting up the shot. That's slightly above Beal's overall three-point shooting average of 42%.

When Beal has to put the ball on the floor for at least one dribble and do a pull-up shot, his accuracy shows a greater dip. He's only 31.4% from three-point range when that happens, and overall shooting 34.9%.

Every scouting report shows this. Until Beal can consistently put the ball on the floor and finish, and manufacture points from the foul line by drawing contact, he'll face this dilemma for the rest of the season. 

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