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Another tough loss has Bradley Beal thinking the Wizards need a culture change

Another tough loss has Bradley Beal thinking the Wizards need a culture change

Bradley Beal was uncharacteristically down following the Wizards' 115-106 loss to the Bulls Wednesday night.

With the loss, Washington dropped to 13-27 on the year, so losing isn't exactly new to this group. As the leader of the team, Beal has regularly answered for each performance, and up to this point hasn't shown signs of frustration to anyone besides certain referees. 

But after this particular game, he was short with answers and spoke at a noticeably low tone.

"I don't like losing, I'm sorry," Beal said. "Especially winnable games."

Beal's second game back from a leg injury marked the second straight time the Wizards gave up a backbreaking second-half run to their opponent. On Sunday they blew a 15-point lead to a Jazz team without Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, and on Wednesday it was a 22-6 spurt led by Zach LaVine. 

The Wizards weren't expected to be a playoff team with John Wall out most of the season. They play hard and have been fun to watch, the wins just haven't always been there, which is why Beal made mention of a needed culture change moving forward. 

"I would hope it does," he said when asked if the losing builds up. "I don't like losing so it's going to keep blowing up for me... Until we start winning and changing our culture."

What exactly would that culture change entail?

"Winning games," he said. "Get that winning attitude and winning habits."

Beal wasn't talking about locker room drama or on-court issues that the team suffered through last season. By all accounts, the Wizards seemingly enjoy playing together and that environment has led to several young players taking promising steps forward in their development. 

However, for an All-Star in his prime like Beal, winning is the most important thing. While he knows what he signed up for with the extension this offseason, it's not easy playing on a team dwelling at the bottom of the standings. 

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Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

If you were a fan of the NBA's new format for the All-Star game, which featured a target score to decide the winner instead of a clock, you might be in luck. 

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the NBA is likely to use the target score format again in next year's All-Star game. The NBA's president of league operations Byron Spruell told Lowe it's a 'good assumption' we see this format again. 

In its maiden voyage, the target score was a smashing success. The NBA has struggled to make the All-Star game entertaining and intense enough for the best players in the world to try. By adding 24 points onto the leading team's score at the end of the third and saying, "First one to this number wins," it sparked the competitive fire in the league's biggest stars and made for an unforgettable basketball moment. 

The target score is very similar to the "Elam Ending," created by Ball State University professor Nick Elam. The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event held over the summer, has used the Elam Ending for the last two years.

Chris Paul suggested using the format in the All-Star game to commissioner Adam Silver, and now the target score ending has a chance at making it to the G-League. 

Lowe also includes in the story that the NBA will discuss using the target score system in the G-League, the league's developmental league. However, concerns about making G-League play too different from play in the NBA make it unlikely for a full adaptation of the target score system. 

Spruell did say a possible first step would be using the system at the annual G-League Showcase, which usually takes place in December. 

To go even further down the rabbit hole of hypothetical changes to NBA games, the NBA will also reportedly discuss using target scores in the elimination rounds of a midseason tournament. In late December, the NBA propose massive schedule changes to the league's owners including shortening the regular season to 78 games and introducing a midseason tournament. 

The owners still have to approve the changes before any target scoring system can be implemented. 

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Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Following Marcin Gortat's retirement from basketball, the Wizards and Capitals made sure to congratulate him on wrapping up a 12-year career. 

Gortat spent five seasons with the Wizards from 2013-2018, averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds during his time in D.C. He was a reliable roll man f next to John Wall and helped lead the team to four straight playoff appearances. 

After spending a short time with the Clippers last season, The "Polish Hammer" decided to retire earlier this week. He did not play in the NBA this year. 

Could there be a Gortat appreciation night at Capital One Arena sometime soon? Wizards fans probably wouldn't oppose. 

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