That has faded quickly with Washington losing eight of 12 and three straight, including a home loss to the lowly Knicks last night.
“We’re acting like we don’t give a damn, honestly. We thought we could just show up and play because they didn’t have anything to play for. We just thought it was going to be a cake walk and they just smacked us in the mouth,” Beal said.
“I’m tired of talking about this s***. It’s just the same thing over and over,” he said. “Until we do it individually and together collectively, we’re going to get our asses kicked in the playoffs. This isn’t even remotely acceptable, how we are playing right now.”
The Wizards – especially Beal – are just overburdened without Wall, their primary offensive creator and a good defender when healthy and engaged. Good news: Wall appears close to returning.
Washington isn’t competing hard enough without him, especially defensively. But that’ll get much easier when Wall takes load off everyone else, allowing his teammates to conserve energy.
There will be a re-acclimation period for Wall, and the playoffs are right around the corner. The Wizards certainly wanted to be playing better entering the postseason, and there might not be time to reach that level. Beal’s frustration is evident.
But at least a potential fix is around the corner.