Last night’s USA Basketball scrimmage, which was televised live on ESPN, ended abruptly after Paul George suffered a horrific leg injury at the start of the fourth quarter. Obviously, we all hope George has a speedy recovery and our thoughts are certainly with him.
Prior to the injury, we got to see John Wall and Bradley Beal take the court on opposite sides of the floor together. Wall, who was on the blue team, struggled to get into a rhythm, while Bradley Beal, who was on the white team, seemed to be more comfortable and played much better throughout the game.
Wall did not score in the scrimmage, but he did have a few alley-oop attempts that definitely would have made SportsCenter if he managed to complete them. Besides that, Wall did look ‘OK’ distributing the ball and definitely tried to put some pressure on Damian Lillard on the defensive side of the floor. I would have liked to see him embrace more of a scoring role, but before the game he talked about wanting to display his facilitating and defense, so I guess that’s what he attempted to do during the scrimmage.
Bradley Beal looked very good during the scrimmage. His ball handling looked a lot tighter, and he got off a few in rhythm jump shots while isolating. He also scored an and-1 off a drive to the basket. He finished the scrimmage with 11 points.
Overall, it was no surprise that Bradley Beal’s game translates more to the international game than John Wall. Bradley Beal is capable of shooting the ball from the outside, while Wall is forced to play the role of distributor and defender.
At this point, I really would not be surprised if Bradley Beal makes the team over John Wall, especially since Wall is competing with the likes of Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Lillard.