The Washington Wizards are ranked at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a record of 1-4.

Their early struggles are not surprising, but not what they expected so soon in the year. The summer brought about former Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who has more than a little experience with winning.

He coached the duo of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and the hopes are that he can help take John Wall and Bradley Beal to the next level.

Beal is ready to carry a heavier load for the team and is willing to step up when called upon. Last season the team limited him with minutes restrictions due to injuries, but the chains are off now.

Via Candace Buckner of The Washington Post:

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“We’ll figure it out one way or another. Coach has talked about it a little bit but he doesn’t want to exert me too much or exert any of the other guys too much, but we may have to.”

The Wizards are running a 10-man rotation that isn't getting early results, but they aren't in panic mode.

Beal believes his teammates have to take responsibility, and although they haven't gelled, they need to work towards it.

They aren't the only team struggling with chemistry, but they will have to work harder at making things better.

“We just got to work with what we got. Guys just have to start stepping up and playing. If they want to play, coach is going to play you and if you don’t, he’s going to sit you down so it’s just a matter of us just being disciplined in the second group and everybody being on the same page. I don’t think we’re always on the same page all the time … but at the end of the day I am prepared if (Brooks) does go that route.”