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In a career-year, Bradley Beal just broke a personal record for dunks

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In a career-year, Bradley Beal just broke a personal record for dunks

As the season draws closer to an end, records and career-highs begin to get broken.

On Monday night against the Sacramento Kings, Bradley Beal set a new personal best. He surpassed 50 dunks for the first time in his career.

Not a typical stat to keep track off among guards but it is impressive for the 6-5 shooting guard. Before this season his career-high was 48 in the 2016-17 season. He is already at 51 with the team 67 games into the 82-game season.

Those 51 dunks also put him at fifth among all guards in the NBA in 2018-19, according to CBS Sports' Tracker. He's even ahead of 2018 dunk champion Donovan Mitchell. 

At the pace he is on, Beal will be around 63 dunks when the season ends. 

This is all a part of an incredible season Beal has made for himself. A lot of it attributed to his off-court conditioning and workouts

He also currently has career-highs in minutes per game (37.6), points (25.8), rebounds (5.2), assists (5.5) and steals (1.5).

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Isaiah Thomas injury puts Wizards in tenuous spot at point guard position

Isaiah Thomas injury puts Wizards in tenuous spot at point guard position

The Wizards were already walking a tightrope with their point guard situation when news broke Wednesday that Isaiah Thomas will miss the next six-to-eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. Now with Thomas out, they are perilously thin at an important position.

Thomas will miss all of training camp, the preseason and possibly several weeks of the regular season. That leaves Ish Smith as the de facto starter with a host of non-ideal options behind him.

The No. 2 point guard for now will be left for undrafted rookie Justin Robinson, 19-year-old Isaac Bonga or someone like Troy Brown Jr. or Jordan McRae, both of whom the Wizards would prefer to see play other roles. Bradley Beal will also see time on the ball, according to someone familiar with their plans.

This is all in the context of John Wall's ruptured Achilles surgery that could keep him sidelined for all of the 2019-20 season. With Wall out for several months at a minimum, the Wizards have major questions at his position.

The positive news, if you're looking for some, is that Thomas didn't reinjure his hip. This is a new injury, albeit one to his shooting hand. It is also something that likely won't affect them far into the regular season. 

Thomas was also not going to play a ton in the preseason. The Wizards had plans to limit his minutes as a veteran with a detailed injury history.

But with their current point guard crop, they can ill-afford any injuries at all. They were already taking a risk on Thomas after he played only 12 games last season.

It's worth noting the Wizards opted to go with Smith and Thomas in the offseason instead of re-signing point guard Tomas Satoransky, who left in free agency for the Chicago Bulls. They instead spent that money on Smith and Thomas.

Despite their current issues at point guard, the Wizards do not have plans to bring in significant reinforcements, according to a source. They did, though, recently add Chris Chiozza as a camp invite, NBC Sports Washington was told. He spent time with the Wizards and Rockets last season.

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Isaiah Thomas undergoes thumb surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Isaiah Thomas undergoes thumb surgery, expected to miss 6-8 weeks

Isaiah Thomas underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a ruptured radial collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Wizards announced in a press release.

Thomas sustained the injury during workouts on Monday. He is expected to miss six to eight weeks before returning to action, per the release. 

“This was an unfortunate setback for Isaiah, but with his resolve and the top care he will receive from our medical team, we expect him to make a full recovery,”  Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard said in the release. “In the meantime, he will continue to mentor our young guards and have a positive impact on the team as we start training camp.”

The Wizards signed Thomas as a free agent on July 6 to help bolster their backcourt while John Wall continues to recover from a torn Achilles.

With Wall out and Thomas sidelined until at least the end of October, the Wizards will have to start the season with little experience at the point guard position, leaving ball-handling duties to Ish Smith and Justin Robinson.

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