Bradley Beal started his summer by getting a huge extension from the Washington Wizards. The $128 million deal for five years had observers believing that the Wiz would be back in contention this year
Last year’s campaign was underwhelming down in America’s capital city.
Washington’s starting two guard is averaging 19 points per game and three assists while staying near his career averages. He’s doing all of this despite an increase in usage due to a new offensive system put into place by head coach Scott Brooks.
Both backcourt members have been the real bright spot in the Verizon Center during this season. Experts expected that the club would only go as far as their two dynamite guards would carry them.
They have tried to do just that but have gotten mixed results so far. John Wall and Beal are playing in a way that maximizes everything they do on the court but, it still seems like the team is missing something.
During last night’s 94-91 win against the Orlando Magic, things got a bit heated between the two underachieving squads. A shoving match broke out between Kelly Oubre and Bismack Biyombo and their teammates rushed over to separate them.
Beal ended up putting his hand to Evan Fournier’s neck during the dust up. Both players picked up technical fouls for their part in the exchange.
It’s hard to imagine that the former Gator won’t be hearing from the league office about his role in this small infraction. The Association has been trying to curb moments like this since before commissioner Adam Silver took office.
Spectators can understand the frustration with the situation and reacting quickly but the optics still were not good. He grabbed Fournier hard enough that he left a visible hand-print on his neck area.
The 23-year-old shooting guard scored 14 in the win but didn’t tally a point after his role in the skirmish.