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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