This is where Bradley Beal earns his money. To be exact, his $128 million. When the Wizards play the second game of a back-to-back tonight at the Orlando Magic, the shooting guard will have to carry the lion's share of the load with possibly a rookie in Tomas Satoransky next to him.
Scott Brooks revealed after Friday night's 95-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks that Wall, who had surgeries to both knees May 5, is being rested on the second game of back-to-backs in the short-term as a precaution.
"I know I'm not going to have a lot of open threes so I just want to be aggressive and show I can put the ball on the floor, attack the basket," Beal said after going 6-for-16 shooting, 3 of 8 from three, and getting a season-high 28 points because he was 13 of 14 from the foul line.
The Hawks attempted what Beal will face most of this season by trapping him with a big when he runs the pick-and-roll and loading up on him with an extra defender in space to force the ball out of his hands. Because the Wizards don't have many other options at the arc, they'll take their chances with others beating them.
That's unlikely to change now that Wall is out for the back end of back-to-backs. That means Nov. 12 at the Chicago Bulls, Nov. 17 vs. New York Knicks and possibly Nov. 26 vs. the San Antonio Spurs are likely absences, too, though he could sit out the first games of those instead (Nov. 11 vs. Cavaliers, Nov. 16 at Sixers, Nov. 25 at Magic). Before 2016 is over, the Wizards also have the second game of back-to-backs vs. the Magic on Dec. 6 and vs. the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 19.
"I wish I would've known that going in," Beal jokingly said when he learned about Wall's absence. "Trey (Burke) and Tomas got to step up as well and lead us as point guards.I just got to be aggressive, play my game. Not take over and feel like I've got to do everything. I can't do it by myself."
Beal played 39 minutes for the second game in a row. He has had a history of stress reactions in his lower right leg in his first four NBA seasons. The Wizards, however, believe they now have that under control. For his part, Brooks has significantly let up on the length and intensity of practices which is more of a focus than just game minutes.
Beal's 2015-16 season was marred by minutes restrictions when he did return from his stress reactions. He played a career-low 55 games.
"I'm good," he said. "I don't have any restrictions this year."
Beal had been shooting 38.1% from the field, 28.6% from three, for 14 points, 2.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds going into Friday's game. He added three assists for by far his best performance.