Bradley Beal shines in loss as John Wall remains hurt

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Losing your starting point guard, and star player, mid-way through the second round of the playoffs isn't exactly ideal, especially when your team is facing the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Wizards won Game 3 after Paul Pierce, or "The Truth" if you will, hit a buzzer-beater jump shot to sink the Hawks 103-101 in Atlanta, and the team from the capital came into today's Game 4 up 2-1 in the series, still without John Wall.

Questions arose as to how much longer the Wizards could survive without their star Kentucky alumnus, as the Hawks would undoubtedly look to their own Jeff Teague to exploit the void left by Wall.

While Teague led his team to victory to even the series at 2-2 with 26 points and eight assists, it was actually a Wizard who stole the show in this heated contest. 

Knowing that his team would need a boost without their star player, 21-year-old shooting guard Bradley Beal stepped up and provided the Washington based outfit with 34 points, seven assists, and three steals.

While it wasn't enough to earn them the result, the stat line produced by the young shooter out of the University of Florida was impressive to say the least. 12 of Beal's 34 points were from behind the three point line, and he made eight of his nine free throws.

Perhaps even more telling of just how effective the young shooting guard was, is the fact he played 44 minutes while the second largest amount of minutes played by any of his teammates was 33. 

With the status of John Wall's injury still up in the air, the Wizards will continue to look to Beal for the inspiration that he provided his team with during the Game 4 matchup.

At the young age of 21, it is pretty remarkable that he is able to lead a team with such conviction in a game of this magnitude. Hopefully the guard can produce a similar outing in Game 5, as it promises to be yet another exciting matchup.

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