The three-point shot escaped Bradley Beal. It had little to do with the Milwaukee Bucks, who gave him clear views of the rim without Giannis Antetokounmpo. But when Sunday's game ended, he still had 26 points.
Beal tripped over Malcolm Brogdon after attacking the basket for a layup with 2:34 left in the second quarter. He'd rolled the same right ankle Dec. 28 vs. the Indiana Pacers which forced him to sit out the second half of that game and then the next.
"He came back and showed some toughness," said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. "That's what he does."
Beal only shot 2-for-10 from three-point range, but he was 8-for-9 inside for a team-high to get the Wizards (18-18) back to .500 and win for the fourth time away from Verizon Center.
It was the defensive efforts showed by the Wizards in the second half, after Milwaukee shot 7-for-12 from three-point range in the first 24 minutes which produced a lead as large as 12.
Led by John Wall and Beal with their two-way play in the backcourt, the Wizards shifted their fortunes. The Bucks went from 51.2% shooting overall in the first half to 41% in the second half. They shot 2-for-11 from three in the final 24 minutes for 18.2% after opening at 58.2%.
To end the fourth quarter alone, Beal was everywhere:
Beal didn't register in the top 10 among guards in the fan All-Star voting last week, but other than DeMar DeRozan there hasn't been a better shooting guard in the East.
Defensively, however, is how he has been setting himself apart and has an outside shot when league coaches vote for reserves.
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Excited for the upcoming NBA season? A new beverage is making its way to Capital One Arena.
The Washington Wizards have announced they will be partnering with the award-winning brewer, Devils Backbone Brewing Company for the upcoming NBA season.
Fans will now be able to purchase the Full Court Press Hard Cherry Lemonade exclusively at Wizards home games, located on the 400 level near section 429/430. The new Wizards-branded cherry hard lemonade will be available on draft and in 16 oz. cans.
The Full Court Press will feature the Devils Backbone and Wizards logos, in addition to the team’s colors. The design will also include hash marks, a half-court circle to replicate a basketball court, and three stars to honor the District of Columbia. In an effort to generate excitement among Wizards fans, the lemonade's tagline is “Rep The District.”
Devils Backbone Brewing Company has quite a reputation around the district. In the past, the brewery partnered with the Washington Redskins to create the #ATTR Ale at FedEx Field and this September it will launch the Capi-tale India Pale Ale with the Capitals.
With the search on to find some replacement depth following DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently evaluating all options and available players. In the group of potential matches, there's no shortage of players with D.C. ties.
First, it was center Dwight Howard who appeared on the radar. It was reported on Sunday that the Lakers were preparing to open up discussions with the 33-year old center. Howard, who played for L.A. during the 2012-13 season, only appeared in nine games for the Wizards last season while dealing with injury issues.
But, he's not the only former-Wizard in the discussions. A new report states that while the Lakers are preparing to host a workout for Howard, they will also potentially be giving Marcin Gortat a look, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gortat spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers averaging 5.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in 47 games. Prior to that, he spent five seasons in Washington, proving to be a valuable asset at times. The 35-year old averaged at least 10 points and eight rebounds in four of his five years with the Wizards.
It's still relatively unknown who the Lakers will go with when it comes time to add depth, but there seems to be a good chance that a former-Wizard could be joining Lebron and company for the upcoming season.
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