Bradley Beal: Wizards are best team in East

Calvin Saunders
November 5, 2017

However, if Washington doesn't play defense consistently throughout the year, they'll look back on this season as what could've been.

"Cleveland didn't want to see us", Beal said.

And while it's true that Washington does have the ability to score in transition and pushed Boston to seven games, we're not convinced Cleveland was dodging the Wizards.

After Cleveland's win over Washington on Friday night, Cavs sharpshooter J.R. Smith said Beal's claim is hard to understand. "I think they wanted to see us in the Eastern Conference Finals and we fell one game short of that". Especially, when they started off 2-8 last season, and ended up being only one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals. "And I think if you look at previous year, people might say they did or didn't". "So, how did we tank?"

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"We were playing terrible", Smith continued. Everybody was playing. It's not like Bron [LeBron James] didn't play, Ky [Kyrie Irving] didn't play, Kev [Kevin Love] didn't play, like we were resting guys.

Wall, who has started all eight games while averaging 20.5 points and 10.4 assists per game, received treatment Saturday on his sore and sprained shoulder but is considered "questionable" to play ahead of the Washington Wizards' Sunday night matchup against the Toronto Raptors, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. "Everybody was playing. We just had a bad rut like we just did [this season]". More often than not the Wizards allowed Bradley Beal to take the lead playmaking role when Wall needed a respite against the Cavaliers. I believe in us, and I'm confident in us, and we're going to compete with the best of them.

"Probably", Beal said. "But at the end of the day, I still stand on what I say and my teammates". Find a topic you're passionate about, and jump right in.

"We know what type of team we are", Smith said.

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