For all the talk about how players perform during the season, the practice with nobody watching is often where games are won.
No, that's the latest athletic apparel ad campaign. That's a setup to something that stood out with Bradley Beal's game-winning 3-pointer against the Spurs on Wednesday. What stood out? It looked familiar.
As a reminder, watch his last-second heroics in the video player above.
"Out of all my shots tonight that one felt the best," Beal told reporters following Washington's second straight win over San Antonio. "Everything was in rhythm and it felt naturally good. As soon as I jabbed him I knew it was good."
Catch, fake jab step right, hard dribble left, launch. "It felt naturally good."
Beal also noted that's not the type of shot he would have attempted earlier in his career. Didn't have the confidence or skill set for such a daring maneuver.
Then it hit me that there was video this summer of Beal's workouts.
— NBA (@NBA) August 19, 2015
Look at the first two shot attempts in particular. Look familiar?
Essentially every shot in this video package isn't really about the shot. Rather, it's about the dribble and movement designed to create more space for the perimeter threat to get off a shot with his textbook form. The primary offensive question for Beal entering season four involved his ball handling. Could he create enough for himself in tight spots and still hit nothing but the bottom of the net.
Apparently the answer is yes.
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