Bradley Beal helps John Wall shoulder the blame

Bradley Beal helps John Wall shoulder the blame
May 10, 2014, 9:45 pm
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Bradley Beal isn't letting John Wall horde all the blame for himself. He wants to share in it as the Wizards enter a must-win Game 4 Sunday vs. the Indiana Pacers at Verizon Center. 

"I feel like the game was on me, just on the amount of shots I took and the quality," Beal said, referring to an 86-82 Game 2 loss in Indiana before addressing a terrible 85-68 loss in Game 3 at home. "They were all great shots.

"In order for this team to move forward, I've got to be able to knock those down. I was really hard on myself (Friday) night. Those were all make-able shots."

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Wall took two questionable three-point shots late in Game 2 with victory in reach, but Beal hasn't shot well, either. He's 13-for-34 in the last two games. Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter of a Game 1 victory, but he was guarded mostly by Lance Stephenson. 

Ever since Paul George took the assignment of defending Beal, his accuracy has started to go south. This is the first time the Wizards have trailed a playoff series after eliminating the Chicago Bulls in five games in the first round. 

"We're not too high, not too low. We're right where we need to be," Beal said a light practice Saturday afternoon. "We're down (in the series) now. We've never been in this situation. We've never even been in the playoffs before. It's a first time for everything. We need to embrace it."