Somehow, someway, the Wizards, the lowly, lowly Wizards, have beaten the Heat and Thunder this season. After Kevin Durant led a mad comeback in the late stages of the fourth quarter, tying the game at 99, Bradley Beal had a chance to save the day for Washington. The rookie came through.
Beal shot 34 percent in November, 37 percent in December and entered Monday's game at 42 percent. After a rough start, his shot is coming along, just in time for John Wall to rejoin the team.
Light at the end of the tunnel for Wizards fans? Probably not. But Beal is looking more and more like the player they drafted him to be. Pump-faking to get his defender in the air is a good move, but a lot of rookies are passing out of that without realizing the clock. Taking that shot shows good recognition. Nailing it shows natural ability.