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Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Back in December following a tough loss to the Clippers, Bradley Beal's frustration with the referees boiled over. 

"Honestly, [my frustration] is out the roof," Beal said that night. "It really is. It's really unfair and unacceptable that they allow a lot of stuff to go on with me out there and I do not calls. Period. It's just unacceptable."

Everything for the Wizards' offense this season starts and ends with Beal, and while he's averaging career-best scoring numbers, he remains frustrated at how he doesn't get to the foul line enough. 

In a 134-129 loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Beal went off for 38 points on 16-24 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists. He only had four free throw attempts, resulting in another postgame riff about how he and his team aren't officiated the same as others. 

“It’s kind of sad the way we get disrespected," he said. "Especially myself getting disrespected like I do because I attack the basket.”

Among 32 players who average at least 20 points, Beal ranks ninth in free throw attempts per game. The Wizards themselves are 14th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. 

What had Beal particularly upset was not getting the whistle when he aggressively attacked the basket in the game's final moments.

"You can look at my last three drives and I got fouled on all three of them," he said. 

The NBA doesn't typically tolerate players and coaches openly criticizing referees after games. Beal knows he could be fined for his comments, so it shows just how frustrated the two-time All-Star is with how he's being called this season. 

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Bradley Beal remains 9th among East guards in third NBA All-Star voting returns

Bradley Beal remains 9th among East guards in third NBA All-Star voting returns

We're one week away from the finalization of the NBA All-Star teams, and based on the third returns, it doesn't look like Bradley Beal will make it as a starter. 

He's currently ninth in voting among Eastern Conference guards and remains 14th overall, behind players like Tacko Fall, Derrick Rose, Zach LaVine and Ben Simmons.

Beal has remained in ninth place for guards in every voting return, so it's unlikely to change before Jan. 23. The fan vote counts for half of the equation in deciding the starters, while media and the players account for the rest. 

Luckily for Beal, the fan vote does not determine All-Star reserves. Every head coach in the NBA not named Scott Brooks will be able to vote Beal in, and considering the season he's had leading a young Wizards team without John Wall, there's a very good chance he makes it that way. 

On the Wizards Talk Podcast, Bleacher Report's Howard Beck convinced Chris Miller that Beal should be a lock to make it as a reserve. We'll know for sure next week, but at this point, all signs are pointing to Beal making his third All-Star appearance.

Maybe next year the fans can vote him in as a starter. 

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Should Spencer Dinwiddie make the All-Star team over Bradley Beal?

Should Spencer Dinwiddie make the All-Star team over Bradley Beal?

With the way the NBA All-Star voting has gone, it's growing less and less likely that Bradley Beal makes the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference. 

He's currently ninth among guards and 14th overall in the East, and while fan voting only counts for half of the equation for All-Star starters, Beal's best path to Chicago is making it as a reserve. 

The league's head coaches decide who the reserves are. Scott Brooks isn't allowed to vote for his own player, but you have to think Beal will get plenty of consideration based on his production this season while leading the Wizards without John Wall. 

But the competition is stiff for East guards, and the fact that the Wizards have a bottom-five record in the league could lead to lesser players making it over him. On the latest episode of the Wizards Talk Podcast, Chris Miller asked Bleacher Report's Howard Beck if Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie deserves to make it as a reserve over Beal. 

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"I'm not putting [Dinwiddie] in the conversation at the moment," Beck said. "But when I'm looking over all of this, the position that has been the toughest for me is the guard spot in the East."

Dinwiddie has had a breakout season filling in for the injured Kyrie Irving. He's averaging 22 points, 6.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds while keeping the Nets afloat and in the playoff picture with Irving and Kevin Durant sidelined. 

But let's be real. Beal should play in the All-Star game. He's one of the five best players in the conference and is averaging career numbers in the first full season as a No. 1 option. 

"Beal to me is a lock to make it one way or the other," Beck said. "I don't think the [Wizards'] record should matter. I think for the All-Star game, team record is like a tiebreaker. So I'm not going to disqualify Beal, or Trae Young or Brandon Ingram because they're on bad teams."

By the end of Beck's riff about Beal, Miller changed his mind on Dinwiddie. 

"You've convinced me, Brad's in," Miller said. 

January 23rd is the magical date for all things All-Star game. After the starters are announced that night, the leading vote-getter from each conference drafts their teams. As of now, it looks like we'll have back-to-back years of Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. LeBron James. 

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