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Morning tip: Wall, Beal work out kinks so both can thrive together

Morning tip: Wall, Beal work out kinks so both can thrive together

The book on John Wall and Bradley Beal has long been this: Too often they play better when separated and not when together on the court, allowing each of them to run the team on their own terms. The early returns this season suggest that's become a thing of the past.

Beal set a career-high with seven made three-pointers in Monday's 101-95 win over the Sacramento Kings at Verizon Center en route to a team-high 31 points. He added six rebounds and three assists. Wall had a terrible night that was made difficult by a sore leg which contributed to his 11 turnovers (eight in the first half) but he also had 19 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to balance out that eyesore.

More and more, Wall and Beal are playing better together as they complement each other better in their fifth season together. 

"We realize that. It's a little bit of a maturity thing, growing up," said Beal, who also has scored 34 and a career-high of 42 since returning from a right hamstring strain Nov. 9 that kept him out three games. "It's a totally different system, too, different coaches, different players. We realize that we carry a majority of the load. On any given night, I can have it going. He can have it going. When we're both on the floor, it just opens up the floor, opens up opportunities for both of us. If one of us is out there, they're going to just load up on him or vice versa."

Beal had a slow start to the season but is averaging a career-high 20.1 points and his output is rising. Wall's offense hasn't suffered with career-high averages of 25.3 points and 38% shooting from three. 

What makes Beal's production so striking lately is that he played 76 minutes in the previous two games and never made a trip to the foul line. Monday, he logged 41 minutes in the overtime game and only made two trips. Those didn't come until the last three minutes of regulation in what had been a tightly called contest that featured 47 fouls and 52 foul shots.

In the win against Sacramento, Wall and Beal did something for each other that they'd yet to show consistently this season: They screened for one another. While that might not seem like a big deal, it is. 

The more a shooters like Beal partake in flex action, weakside screening for others before they get a screen themselves, improves the quality of their eventual looks. Defenses are required to make decisions on whether to switch or not to switch more often and are prone to make more mistakes. It also creates more mismatches. In his last five games, Beal is shooting 21-for-49 from three-point range, or 42.8%, and 50% overall from the field. 

Still, there are matters to work out. Wall took an impossible, contested fadeaway jumper at the end of the regulation as he ran the high pick-and-roll with Marcin Gortat to Beal's side of the floor. Given Beal's hot hand, he probably should've been the first option and, to have better spacing, he was better-suited on the weakside of the floor. After watching the film with Wall on Tuesday, coach Scott Brooks agreed that it was a forced shot and not the best read by his point guard. 

Closing games with better efficiency is their next level as a duo. 

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Wizards vs. 76ers Preseason: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. 76ers Preseason: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards will take the court Friday night in Philadelphia as they wrap up their 2019 preseason slate. While there are still roster spots to be won and roles to be carved out, the biggest storyline surrounding the Wizards this week comes from their biggest star.

Bradley Beal, the face of the franchise and Wizards' only All-Star while John Wall rehabs from his Achilles injury, signed a two-year contract extension with the Wizards Thursday morning.

The focus of the season for the Wizards will clearly be on their younger players, but fans will be most excited to see the team's remaining star this season.

It's unclear which 76ers stars will be on the court for the preseason finale, but the game will serve as the final tune-up for two franchise going in opposite directions. 

The Wizards vs. 76ers preseason finale wil tip off Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS PRESEASON HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers, 2019 NBA Preseason Game 4

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

When: Friday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Wizards at 76ers preseason game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards at 76ers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS TV SCHEDULE

3:00 PM: The Daily Line (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. 76ers, NBA Preseason (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (OUT, Left Achilles rehab), Isaiah Thomas (OUT, Left thumb rehab), Isaac Bonga (OUT, Left knee soreness), Troy Brown Jr. (OUT, Left calf strain), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, Right Achilles strain), C.J. Miles (OUT, Left foot rehab)

76ers: James Ennis (DAY-TO-DAY, calf injury)

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, G, Wizards: Beal just signed a contract extension to keep him in Washington for a few more years. With John Wall out, the Wizards are solely his team, and this will be his first time on the court since agreeing to the new deal. 

Thomas Bryant, C, Wizards: The Wizards' best big man has enjoyed a strong preseason, and will look to solidify himself as Washington's number two option behind Beal with John Wall out. His outside game remains a work in progress, but Bryant has flashed a lot of potential inside for a Wizards team desperate for secondary scoring.

Matisse Thybulle, SG, 76ers: The rookie guard filled the stat sheet in Philadelphia's previous preseason game, and appears to have earned a significant role as a defensive specialist and the first wing off the 76ers' bench.  

WIZARDS vs. 76ERS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 303 games

All-time Record: 76ers lead 181-122

Last Meeting: Wizards won 123-106 on 1/9/19

Streaking: Wizards have won 9 straight home games against the 76ers, and  22 of last 29 at Capital One Arena

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How Bradley Beal's contract extension will work and how he could earn more money down the road

How Bradley Beal's contract extension will work and how he could earn more money down the road

By signing Bradley Beal to a two-year contract extension worth $72 million on Thursday, the Wizards made their future more secure. It was undoubtedly a win for the franchise and their newly constructed front office.

It is also a victory for Beal, of course, as he will go from rich to even richer. And even though he is technically passing on the chance to earn a supermax in the short-term, he is now in position to earn a lot of money down the road.

Beal's contract now runs through at least the 2021-22 season, as 2022-23 is a player option. That means he could opt out after his Age 28 season and enter free agency just weeks after his 29th birthday, in the summer of 2022.

His Age 28 season will also be his 10th in the NBA and players with 10 years of service time can sign contracts worth up to 35 percent of the salary cap. According to ESPN, Beal could sign a new contract with the Wizards in 2022 worth an approximate $266 million over five years.

Or, Beal could leave the Wizards that summer and still sign for a lot of money with a different team. He will be in line for a deal worth about $198 million over four years in free agency.

By the summer of 2022, Beal will have made roughly $172 million in NBA salary, so not including his endorsements. A $266 million deal would push him to somewhere in the range of $438 million in career earnings and that contract would end when he's 33 going on 34. 

Assuming Beal will still be good enough to earn another NBA contract at that age, he could push $450-500 million in total salary by the time his career is over.

That's a lot of cash and Beal gets to stay in Washington for the foreseeable future, which is what he wanted to do. Not bad.

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