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Morning tip: Beal contends 'it's not as bad as people think'


Morning tip: Beal contends 'it's not as bad as people think'

Bradley Beal clearly seeing the glass as half-full for the Wizards, even after they lost for the 11th time in a row head-to-head with the Dallas Mavericks. They're undermanned and lacking the bodies, but at least, as he sees it, the effort that was lacking earlier this season is there.

"Given the injuries and what we've been through so far, it's not as bad as people think it is," said Beal, who had 21 points but shot only 7 of 19 in Sunday's 116-104 loss. "We're not where we want to be but we're still competitive and competing. There is still a lot of games to be played. There's a few we wish we could have gotten back but there's a few we have made up for as well."

The Wizards (8-10) were able to get away with playing small-ball in Friday's win vs. the Phoenix Suns, but the Mavs were able to counteract it with putting Jeremy Evans (seven points, seven rebounds) and John Jenkins (five points) on the floor with Dirk Nowitzki (19 points, six rebounds, four assists) and Wes Matthews (36 points, six rebounds, five assists).

The Wizards won't have Drew Gooden (calf) for Monday's game at the Miami Heat but could get back Kris Humphries (ankle). Marcin Gortat (personal leave) could be returning this week though Nene (calf) is much further away from a return. Nene isn't making the trip to Miami.

Last season, the Wizards began 22-8. They didn't lose their 10th game until January, but the early part of this season's schedule is far more difficult. On top of that, they've dropped several games that they should've won on top of the recent injury rash.

If they can be over .500 by the time they're 30 games into the season, say 16-14, Beal may be proven correct. That, however, requires them to go 8-4 with the next six games in a row: vs. Houston Rockets, at New Orleans Pelicans, at Dallas, at Memphis Grizzlies, at San Antonio Spurs and vs. Charlotte Hornets.


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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!