When the 0-6 Wizards hit the hardwood tonight in Dallas against the 4-4 Mavericks [8:30, CSN] check out the interaction between rookie guard Bradley Beal and injured guard John Wall.
After nearly every timeout, Wall, sidelined until the end of this month with a stress injury to his right knee, will make a bee-line to Beal and give him detailed instructions on what he can do better to exploit opposing defenses.
“He’s helping me see the floor from his perspective and what he would do in certain situations,” Beal said.
“There was a time he told me to keep my dribble and I’ll have a shot and sure enough I had a shot off a re-screen. It’s little things like that him and Sam [Cassell] tell me about being aggressive and staying in attack mode.”
Three years ago Wall began his NBA career by averaging 19.3 points and 10.2 assists in his first six games with the Wizards. Beal is averaging 12.2 points and 1.8 assists per game in his first six games, which have been a roller coaster.
He opened the season shooting 2-for-13 in his first two games, finishing with eight points and two points in consecutive losses to Cleveland and Boston.
Beal’s aggressiveness and accuracy stepped up in three straight games against Boston [16 points], Milwaukee [22 points] and Indiana [17 points], when he shot 19-for-40 and 6-for-15 from 3-point range.
But that momentum came to a screeching halt Tuesday night in Charlotte, where Beal and the rest of his teammates had a woeful night from the field in a 92-76 loss.
Beal went 1-for-11 from the field and 1-for-6 from beyond the arc. His only redeeming statistic was a perfect night from the free throw line, where he knocked down all five attempts to finish with eight points.
That was the story of the night for the Wizards, who shot 29.8 percent from the field and 16.1 percent from 3-point range. The Bobcats also outscored the Wizards 46-24 in the paint, which is a growing concern for coach Randy Wittman while he waits for Wall and Nene [plantar fasciitis] to return to health.
“We need to attack the basket more and stop looking for calls,” Beal said. “We know that sometimes a ref’s going to call a foul and sometimes not. We can’t complain or cry about not getting foul calls. Sometimes we settle for too many jump shots when we can keep going to the paint and attacking them.”