Leave it to Bradley Beal, who is the Wizards' youngest player at 20 (25 days younger than rookie Otto Porter), to bring a dose of perspective to his play in Saturday's loss to the Detroit Pistons.
The Wizards (19-20) had failed for the third time this season to get over .500. And it was the third time they had a chance at Verizon Center. It would've been their first time having a winning record this late in a season since 2008. But Beal - who shot 2-for-14, including 1-for-7 from three-point range, and had just seven points, two assists, three rebounds and three turnovers - sounded like an old wise man.
"That's one thing I've learned, my life isn't that hard. It's not that tough," said Beal, who had an errant three-pointer with 11 seconds left that could've made it a one-possession game. "I'm 20 years old in the NBA. What could be so difficult? I have a bad game, but I have another one in 24 hours or less. You definitely have to have amnesia and just continue to move forward."
The Wizards, who have played three games in four days, are off Sunday. Beal can rectify himself Monday vs. the Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, 2 p.m. ET).