WASHINGTON -- Like a Bradley Beal stepback jumper, it all happened so fast.
For most of this season, 47 games, Beal did not resemble the long-range sharpshooter he has been for the entirety of his career. He was shooting just 31.6 percent from three, well below his career mark of 37.9.
But then he made a mechanical adjustment with help from his trainer, Drew Hanlen, and since there has been no hope of stopping him for opposing defenses.
In the eight games since, Beal is shooting 51.2 percent from the perimeter on 10.4 attempts per game. That has raised his percentage for the season all the way to 35.2 in a very short period of time.
"It's rising up," head coach Scott Brooks said. "And I don't anticipate it dropping."
So, what exactly did Beal and Hanlen change?
Their film session as the turning point was first mentioned by Hanlen on a podcast with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller earlier this week. But after the Wizards' win over the Hawks on Friday night, Beal gave some details on what the fix exactly was.
"I had honestly kind of changed the way I was shooting from last year or the year before. I was very narrow instead of being wide-based like I always am. I'm a lot more balanced. It's more consistent," Beal said.
Beal is now shooting with a broader stance. His footwork and the push he gets with his legs are crucial elements to his jump shot.
Hanlen and Beal worked together the night the Wizards lost to the Cavaliers on Feb. 21 at the gym in Beal's house. Beal picked up the lesson quickly and it has paid off in a big way in recent weeks.
During this stretch, Beal has averaged 39.1 points per game. He's dropped 50 or more twice and 30 or more seven times in eight games.
On Friday against Atlanta, he went 7-for-10 from long range.
"I'm just in a rhythm now," Beal said. "Ever since then, I've just been knocking them down. That was the final part of my game being where I want it to be."
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