- Bradley Beal scored 47 points during the Wizards’ 124-106 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday.
- It was Beal’s 10th straight loss while scoring 40+ points in a game.
- When asked if he was frustrated, Beal replied by asking back if the sky is blue.
The Washington Wizards dropped their third straight game on Wednesday, losing to the New Orleans Pelicans 124-106. The Wizards fell behind by 17 points in the first quarter and never recovered.
Bradley Beal delivered another monster scoring game but just as it has been all season long, it wasn’t enough to pick up the “W”. In the waning moments of the game, Beal was sunk into his chair on the bench, his body language showing it all:
Bradley Beal had 47 points in a 124-106 loss to the Pelicans. pic.twitter.com/EoA68CVybk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 28, 2021
How Beal felt about the loss was obvious. But somehow, someone had the balls to ask him afterwards if he was frustrated. Beal’s answer was short and sweet:
Is Bradley Beal frustrated?
Is the sky blue? pic.twitter.com/5SbMgob6mG
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 28, 2021
Most Consecutive Losses While Scoring 40+ Points
He surpassed Walt Bellamy, who lost 9 straight in 1961-62 pic.twitter.com/dbjo15D7TY
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 28, 2021
With Washington playing minus eight players due to injury, health and safety protocols, and rest, Beal put up another herculean effort. The 27-year old guard made 17 of 37 shots, including six three pointers while also grabbing four rebounds, issuing six assists, and picking up four steals en route to a 47-point game in 40 minutes of action.
It was Beal’s third 40+ game of the month and the seventh time in eight January games where he’s eclipsed the 30-point mark. The Wizards have won only three games during that span and are currently 3-11 on the season, the worst record in the NBA after the completion of Wednesday’s games.
But while that’s frustrating, what make Beal even more exasperated is the fact that Wednesday’s loss to the Pelicans made Beal the first player in NBA history to lose 10 consecutive 40-point games. Of all NBA player who have at least 10 40+ scoring games in their careers, Beal has the worst record at 6-19. And for someone who’s giving it his all and not getting the results, you can’t fault Beal for asking about the color of the sky.
Choosing to Stay in Washington
The Washington Wizards and Bradley Beal have reached an agreement on a 2-year, $72M max extension.
For more ?: https://t.co/3b0tKTgESr pic.twitter.com/sHXvcyN5mD
— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 17, 2019
Just before the start of the 2019-20 NBA season, Beal opted to extend his career in the Nation’s Capital on a two-year $72M deal. Before the extension, Beal was highly coveted by many teams but he never pushed for a trade and instead renewed his commitment to the team that drafted him.
For Beal, signing the extension wasn’t about the money. It was about the initial connection, his legacy, and a chance for success with John Wall in the future. But that success ran into a wall after John spent more than a year out of action due to injury. When he returned, Wall was traded to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook.
Beal is having the best season of his career. He’s led the team in scoring in every game he’s played or all but one of the Wizards’ total games played this season. But his efforts have not produced results. Washington has the league’s worst record and best NBA betting sites have them in the bottom five of the Eastern Conference odds board with prices ranging from +7800 to as high as +13000 with no indication that things will be better soon. So is the sky indeed blue?