Wake-up call: Beal's jumper fading away

Wake-up call: Beal's jumper fading away
November 24, 2013, 8:30 am
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Wall's big night leads Wizards past Knicks

Having four games in five days, even for a second-year player such as Bradley Beal, can be a bit much.

Beal hasn't been himself in the last two games, combining to shoot 14-for-40 from the field, including 3-for-16 from three-point range. 

"Sometimes, I can feel my legs aren't in it. A few minor adjustments here in there all because of fatigue," said Beal, who has played 40 or more minutes in four of the last five games. "Sometimes it just doesn't go in. ... Nine times out of 10 I feel like all my shots are going in."

The Wizards (5-8) needed Beal to pull away from the New York Knicks on Saturday, but after making three of his first five shots in the fourth quarter he simmered down by missing his next two. Still, Beal scored a team-high seven points in that period, including his only three-pointer, to secure the 98-89 victory

Beal had six points in the third quarter as the Wizards flipped a 52-49 halftime deficit into a 76-69 advantage. 

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"Brad bounced back in the third quarter. It was a tough first half, but he didn’t let it bother him," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.

John Wall did the heavy-lifting on offense. He led with a game-high 31 points. Beal ended with 18 points on 7 of 19 shooting, five rebounds and six assists. 

"We're showing we're capable of being a playoff team. We're playing hard," Beal said. "We're playing the right way. Hopefully, we can do the same thing next week."

The Wizards have another home game Tuesday vs. the Los Angeles Lakers (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). The next night they travel to play the Milwaukee Bucks (CSN+, 8). It'll be their third set of back-to-backs in a week's span. 

"Fatigue is all in your mind. You're going to get tired in this league. Especially after last night, losing on the road, flying in, getting in at 1 or 2 in the morning," Wittman said. "Look, everybody has to play this schedule. Everybody has four games in five nights. We just got to continue to believe what we're doing."

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