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Paul Pierce responds to Bradley Beal's first impression of him

Paul Pierce responds to Bradley Beal's first impression of him

A few weeks ago, Bradley Beal went on the Woj Pod to talk about his decision-making process to sign an extension with the Wizards. 

During the conversation, former teammate Paul Pierce came up, and Beal let everyone know how he wasn't the future Hall-of-Famer's biggest fan before he signed with Washington. 

"At first I thought Paul was a pure [expletive], I thought he hated everybody, I thought he didn’t like people, but it was the complete opposite. He rides for his team," Beal said to Adrian Wojnarowski

On Thursday before the Wizards took on the 76ers at home, Pierce responded to those comments. 

"He right," Pierce said on "The Jump" with Rachel Nichols. "And that's what gave me my edge, that's who I was."

Pierce was one of the fiercest competitors in the league for the entirety of his 15-year-career. There are few players like him anymore, especially in the "Super Team Era" we're living in today. 

"Now you see everyone's friends and they're taking it light on each other," he said. "During the season, y'all over there, y'all over there. Leave me alone, I'm out to take your head off, old school mentality, and you don't see that no more."

Beal explained how he and John Wall learned a lot from Pierce in the one season he played in DC and how they still have a similar mentality when it comes to their opponents. 

As the Wizards rebuild their core with a multitude of young players through the draft and trades with the Lakers, Beal and Wall can pass down the lessons they learned from Pierce so the new age of Wizards basketball keeps a mid-2000's edge. 


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Beal makes his case in win over Cavs

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Beal makes his case in win over Cavs

The Washington Wizards beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-112 on Thursday night. Here are five takeaways from what went down...

1. Just before tip-off, the NBA announced it's 2019-20 All-Star starters and not included in the Eastern Conference backcourt was Bradley Beal. Boston's Kemba Walker and Atlanta's Trae Young instead got the honors.

Whether Beal knew that fact when he took the floor or not, he put in a performance against the Cavs that should add to his case for being a reserve. The two-time All-Star followed up a 38-point gem against the Heat with 36 points against Cleveland just one night later. He also had eight assists and shot 15-for-22 (68.2%) from the field and 4-for-8 from three.

Beal now has the fourth-most 30-point games in the NBA since the start of last season with 40 of them. Only James Harden (86) Gianiis (54) and Damian Lillard (45) have more.

This 30-point game helped the Wizards bounce back from a loss the night before in Miami. Washington is now 15-29 on the season and 5-5 in their last 10 games.

2. In his previous six games since returning from a quad injury, Davis Bertans had put up some solid numbers and shown flashes. Against the Cavs, though, he did what we saw him to much more often a few months ago when he was healthy.

Bertans not only lit a spark off the bench, but he did so in microwave fashion. He had 14 of his 17 points in the first half, including three consecutive threes in the second quarter to force a timeout as the Wizards' lead grew to 14. That marked a big turnaround after Washington trailed by as many as 12 in the first quarter.

Bertans helped lead a monster effort from the Wizards' bench as a whole. They outscored the Cavs' second unit, 59-34. The Wizards are second in the NBA in bench scoring and that is despite all of the injuries they have dealt with in recent months. Now that they are nearly whole, the bench is becoming even stronger.


3. The Thomas Bryant situation is getting more interesting as each game passes. He has now been back six games and has been kept between roughly between 12 and 21 minutes a night. He played 17 minutes against the Cavs and contributed nine points and three rebounds.

Bryant is a big man coming off a foot injury, so the Wizards have incentive to play it safe and maintain a minutes restriction. But it has now been nearly two weeks since he came back.

Is it as simple as a minutes limit or is Ian Mahinmi's improved play having a domino effect on Bryant? The more Bryant plays limited minutes, the more that could become evident, if this is indeed performance based. 

Mahinmi, by the way, had seven points, seven rebounds and played strong defense, helping the Wizards to hold Tristan Thompson to six points and three rebounds.

4. Much like last week when the Wizards saw the Pistons and Andre Drummond, watching this game was reminder that Kevin Love is reportedly available in trades. That begs the natural question of where he would fit, if he gets dealt soon, like before the Feb. 6 deadline.

Some might argue the Wizards as an option, given their best players are guards and Love would technically complement them well. Given his age and contract, however, it would probably be too much of a risk for the Wizards.

The Blazers seem like they could use him and the Raptors could also be interesting. He would also fit well with the Rockets, though they probably don't have enough trade assets to get him.

What about the Timberwolves? They have disappointed this year and need to find Karl-Anthony Towns some help. Love wouldn't be joining a contender, as he probably hopes to, but it could be an interesting story if he goes back to the team he started with. And him and Towns would be a tough duo to stop given how well they rebound and stretch the floor.

Speaking of Love, he had the viral moment of the night when he pretended to resuscitate Beal. 

5. Backup center Anzejs Pasecniks was back in the mix after missing two games due to a left ankle injury. And not only was he available, he actually got some burn.

Pasecniks played 15 minutes and scored four points to go along with three rebounds. So, even with Bryant and Bertans back from injury, and Johnathan Williams III still getting minutes, Pasecniks maintains a role in the rotation.

That could change once other players come back. Moe Wagner, in particular, will probably take minutes away from him at the backup center spot. But Pasecniks still hanging around in the rotation is a testament to him and the way he has played. No one predicted he would play this much of a factor this season.

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If the players controlled All-Star voting, Bradley Beal would start in the All-Star Game

If the players controlled All-Star voting, Bradley Beal would start in the All-Star Game

On Thursday, the NBA announced it’s All-Star starters and based on the early fan voting returns, it was no surprise that Bradley Beal was snubbed from the list. 

Among Eastern Conference guards Beal was ranked ninth by fans and second by players.  

The starters are determined by voting amongst three groups. Fan votes make up 50 percent, current NBA players make up 25 percent and the media makeup is the remaining 25 percent. 

Beal sat down with Chris Haynes on Yahoo! Sports Posted Up and when asked about fan voting, Beal voiced his frustration, “Fan voting is absolutely horrendous man.” 


Beal went on to explain why he believes that fans should have a smaller percentage of the overall vote. 


“We respect fans and we love our fans you know but we also know there’s a lot of people out there who don’t know the game, we also know that there’s people who just have favorite players and don’t watch everybody else and we all know that there’s people who they’re going vote one guy because that’s their favorite guy, their favorite everything so I don’t have that. For me it’s an unfair in-advantage.”  

“Honestly, it should be on players and coaches,” Beal continued.

Although Beal missed out as a starter he still has a chance to be selected by coaches as a reserve. The reserves will be announced Thursday, January 30th. 

If we’re keeping it real the NBA should really reconsider the voting breakdown. 

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