Right in the middle of the best season of his career so far, Wizards guard Bradley Beal is mired in his worst shooting slump as an NBA player.
In their loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, Beal shot just 4-for-15 from the field and 0-for-7 from three-point range. In his last three games, Beal is just 12-of-42 (.286) from the field and 1-of-21 from three.
Beal, in fact, has now missed 19 straight three-point attempts. That's the longest three-point slump of his career.
Beal hasn't hit a three now in two straight games, each time going 0-for-7. That follows a career-best streak of 30 straight games in which he had at least one three. And this current three-game slump comes after he went 14-of-22 (63.6%) in four outings.
Going without a three for two straight games matches the second-longest drought of Beal's career. His longest was five games, back in December of 2012, his rookie season.
It's just not often you see Beal go this cold and, as a result, he is currently shooting a career-low 38.4 percent from three this season.
Those numbers are ugly, but head coach Scott Brooks believes Beal will snap out of it soon.
"Every player in this league is going to go through some shooting slumps. Hopefully he can get out of it in the next game," Brooks said.
That next game will be Monday in Charlotte, as the Wizards close a three-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams. In order to break out of his recent slide, Beal just needs to keep shooting, Brooks says:
"He’s getting good looks. They aren’t falling for him right now. But I’ve been around Brad for four, five or six months now. He’s diligent in his work. He gets his shots in. He doesn’t change his routine. I think that’s the best way to get out of some missed shots. But he’s getting good looks."
Beal's Saturday night also included two scary moments, both in the fourth quarter. With just over five minutes left, Beal crashed hard to the floor and hit his head on the hardwood.
Later in the quarter, Beal fell in a heap under the basket and grabbed his left knee. It has been a tough few days for Beal, but Brooks is not at all concerned.
"He just needs to keep believing in it becuase I do and his teammates do," he said.