WASHINGTON, DC — In their first match since re-working a bargain for Trevor Ariza, the Washington Wizards played perhaps their best match of the season with John Wall and Bradley Beal playing like a dominant allstar back court.
Even the Wizards snapped a four-game losing streak doing something not found often within their franchise history — that they have the greater of LeBron James. Wall burst for 40 points, 14 assists, six rebounds, three steals and 2 blocks while Beal added 25 points and 12 rebounds in an inspired 128-110 win within the Los Angeles Lakers in a packed Capital One Arena.
The Wizards (12-18) did not just beat the Lakers to the court on Sunday — they also beat out the Lakers as well as other teams such as Ariza when they encountered a bargain with Phoenix to the twoway forward in exchange for Kelly Oubre Jr. The trade, that remains pending a formal announcement, happened after a three-team commerce between the Wizards, Suns and Grizzlies fell apart from epic mode using a mix-up over whether Dillon Brooks or MarShon Brooks will be involved in the doomed deal.
Ariza played from 2012 to 2014 with the Wizards, also Washington direction hopes the veteran will have a favourable influence from the Wizards’ locker room during what has been a year old.
“We got to proceed,” Beal said when asked regarding the trade.” … It had been good to see [Oubre’s] evolution and he is like my little brother. I’m a bit depressed about this. However, it is a firm at the close of your afternoon .”
But Beal also said Ariza is your”perfect fit” for whatever the Wizards need.
“I get my O.G. back — he’s my vet — in Trevor Ariza,” Beal said. “I espouse this, that is clearly a plus. It’s [the trade] type of a circumstance. Trev features a spark about himself. He has a desire. He does not care what it looks like — he will head out there and perform itall.
“He always accepts the battle his leadership qualities and his [skill to be outspoken ], everything he is about, his insecurities off the ground, [is] everything that we want. He’s a excellent character guy, perfect match .”
If Wall plays the way he did against the start from the Lakers if he had 28 points and eight assists in the first half — including a step-back rainbow jumper at the buzzer over Tyson Chandler — the Wizards should be a lot better.
“Him and Brad will be the secret. They have been the players, so they have been players, however every night they have to attract this energy. It goes on them after which our role players need to be stars in their roles. That’s what makes good teams move. We have been trashed up. We’re playing with different lineups, but this isn’t any excuse to play hard. That’s your job — you need to do this”
“We’re trying to discover that. I know that Tomas does play hard and Sam plays hard. And somebody else will come in that is going to play hard.”
Wall stated the Wizards did not play a part of this season because direction only shook things up.
“Just everybody out there having fun with a lot of energy, probably because we were short-handed knowing we could get embarrassed playing LeBron, knowing there is going to be a lot of Lakers fans out there, therefore acquired to the match,” Wall said. “We’ve got to find a way to get right up for those teams which aren’t exactly the Lakers or the Warriors or those dominant teams in the East and the West.
“once we figure it out, and we’ll be some of the teams that people start taking serious and be more consistent.”