Beal meets with Wall: 'We have to improve our play'

Beal meets with Wall: 'We have to improve our play'
February 17, 2014, 3:30 pm
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(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW ORLEANS -- Before the Wizards returned to the practice court Monday, John Wall and Bradley Beal already took time, though they rarely had much at All-Star Weekend, to hopefully get on the same page going into the last 30 games of the regular season.

"A little bit," Beal said of sitting down Wall as expected at the Friday-Sunday break in which both participated in All-Star festivities. "I haven't seen him much around All-Star but when I have (we talked). It starts with us, too. We have to improve our play. We've got to get everybody on the same page again.

"We got to get everybody bought in on the defensive end and on offense continue to move the ball and share the ball like we've been doing. We've shown that we're capable of doing that. It's up to us to just do and not get behind by such big (deficits) in the first and third quarters."

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The irony, of course, is that the backcourt is so young with Wall, 23, a first-time All-Star in his fourth season, and Beal just 20 in his second season. Wall won the slam-dunk contest Saturday. Beal came close to winning the three-point shootout but finished second.

Beal returned on a charter flight after Sunday's All-Star Game. Wall stayed in New Orleans and didn't return to D.C. until later Monday. The Wizards (25-27) play vs. the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at Verizon Center (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). 

"During the season you kind of go with the flow and you're just playing," Beal said. "Now that we have a break I'm pretty sure everybody is just sitting back realizing what they need to do in order to help the team win."