Washington Wizards: 5 Takeaways from OT win against the Blazers

Washington Wizards John Wall (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Washington Wizards Bradley Beal (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images) /

5. Bradley Beal is Portland’s Kryptonite

Every time that Beal plays the Blazers he has a big night. Last season, he had his career high when he went for 51 points against them. Beal looked unguardable as he ended the first half with 19 points and looked determined to break his own record.

The second half wasn’t so illustrious, but Beal finished the game with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Not only was he aggressive and attacking the basket, Beal was getting his teammates involved as well.

Most importantly, Beal hit the big shots when the team needed them the most. His clutch factor has impressed me. It’s amazing to see how his game has evolved. He’s worked so hard on becoming not just a great shooter, but someone who can create whenever he wants. Defensively, Beal has become a great option as well.

I was very curious who was going to take last shot in the 4th quarter to try and tie the game. It was surprising to see Wall give it up, but he made the unselfish play. Beal was hot for most of the game and Wall knew that he was the man for the job.

This shows tremendous growth for Wall and Beal. Both put their ego’s aside for the betterment of the team. This is exactly what Wizards fans and the franchise have been waiting to see for years.

I’ll continue to say it, Beal is in for a career year. Time to Buckle up and watch.