When the Washington Wizards began their preseason last Tuesday, they looked flat and undermanned in a 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. No one outside of Martell Webster seemed capable of dropping the long ball, and Bradley Beal opened his second chapter with an 0-for-3 from deep start. In the three games since Washington's opener, however, Beal has stepped things up, which has, in turn opened up things for point guard John Wall.
The 0-2 Wizards picked up a much needed win over the Miami Heat Tuesday in a 100-82 comeback victory, as Beal scored 12 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter. The win broke a two-game skid following an 83-81 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Brazil. Beal scored 16 points in the loss (2-for-3 from range), but his positive play translated well in Washington's return to the States.
Beal continued his success Thursday in a 98-89 loss to the New York Knicks, but his 21-point effort couldn't get Washington over the hump. All in all, Beal has averaged 22 points and 3 made three-pointers over the last three games, and the tandem of Beal and John Wall is beginning to get things done.
The Wizards have three more preseason games to go, starting with a Kentucky reunion Saturday (7 p.m. ET) in which Wall and former college teammate Anthony Davis will duke it out. The New Orleans Pelicans will be followed by the Detroit Pistons, then the Cleveland Cavaliers. Washington will return to Detroit Wednesday, October 30, as the Wizards begin their regular season.
Still unavailable up to this point? Rookie Otto Porter, Jr, who has been ruled "out" for at least Saturday's game against the Pelicans.