The primary goal for Bradley Beal going into the preseason is to avoid taking too many long two-point shots. In the Wizards' last game, he was near perfect in his discipline as two of his six made field goals were three-pointers and the other four came at the rim.
This happened in Sunday's 134-100 victory against Bauru, a Brazilian club that was undersized. In the Wizards' first two exhibitions, however, Beal took his share of long twos. He wants to force defenses to stretch to the three-point line to defend him, which gives Marcin Gortat and John Wall more space to operate, or attack the rim himself for higher-percentage two-point shots.
"It's a negative but points are points at the end of the day so I can be mad but I can't be too mad especially if I make it," Beal said after Sunday's game. "It's still a learning process. It's still preseason. ... It's just a matter of me getting it down, getting in a rhythm of how teams will play."
Defensive coverages during exhibition season are nothing like the ones Beal will see in the regular season. The same goes for teams who face the Wizards.
"Not a lot of teams are guarding me on the screens so it's just a matter of knowing where I am on the floor and making the right reads," said Beal, who often gets clean looks on handoffs from Gortat. "It's a matter of taking what the defense gives me. I'm not forcing anything."