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What The 2018 NBA All-Star Game Meant For The Washington Wizards And Bradley Beal

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Bradley Beal’s 2018 All-Star Game Debut

24-year-old Washington Wizards guard, Bradley Beal, scored 14-points in the NBA’s 2018 All-Star Game last Sunday.

Beal provided 14 points and one steal while playing 16 minutes off of the bench in a 148-145 win over team Stephen, per

In his All-Star Game debut, Beal shot over .50 percent from the field off of a 5-for-10 shooting night. It’s safe to say that the five-year guard redeemed himself from the three-point contest.

The Wizards guard is currently averaging 23.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists, per Without John Wall in the starting lineup, the former Florida Gator has had to assume more leadership.

What The 2018 All-Star Game Means For Beal:

Beal making his 2018 All-Star Game debut is huge for the organization, and for himself as the second half of the season starts on Thursday.

If you are a Wizards fan, you have to believe that playing in the All-Star Game will boost the 6-foot-5 guard’s confidence. Since Wall has been out with a knee injury, the 2012 first-round pick has been carrying the team load gracefully.

Before the 2016-17 season, both Wall and Beal struggled to co-exist on the court. On July 1, 2016, Washington re-signed Beal to a five-year, $128 million deal.

You would think that after signing the former Gator to a max contract everyone would be happy and that all was well. But that was not the case after Wall made the comment about the team disliking each other on the court. (side note . . . O the Shade)

Beal would take the high road and indicate that Wall was still his brother. (Side note continued: tell them him how you really feel)

Today, it seems that both guards finally appreciate one another — considering how they were a game away from last year’s Eastern Conference.

Beal’s Appreciation:

Playing without Wall will help the Wizards in the short-term. However, the absence of their starting point guard will benefit Beal as well.

Missing Wall will help the 6-foot-5 shooting guard create a sense of appreciation for his backcourt mate. Playing without their eight-year veteran will cause younger players to mature and take leadership.

Appearing in his first All-Star Game with Team LeBron will be an incentive for Beal to continue to elevate his level of play.

Washington will receive an energized Beal who will be motivated to finish this season strong. Playing on the All-Star team will provide a breath of fresh air and positive energy.

Since Wall has been out, the 6-foot-5 guard has had eight games where he has recorded more than five assists.

The St. Louis native is learning how to get his teammates involved which will help other players develop along the way.

Next Steps:

Throughout his career, people have questioned whether or not he could remain healthy throughout the season. This season the 24-year-old has played 57 games, and we are only at the halfway mark of the season.

Playoffs are two months away, and the Wizards are currently holding onto the fourth seed with a 33-24 record.

Wall could return to the team a month before the playoffs. The North Carolina native was sidelined for 6-8 weeks back on January 30th.

Will Beal be able to continue to lift this team until Wall returns? How would you rate Beal’s 2018 All-Star Game debut?

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