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Wizards’ Bradley Beal admits he’s ‘a little pissed off’ after not making All-Star reserves

Bradley Beal, Wizards

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal played with some extra motivation on Thursday upon hearing the news that he did not make the All-Star team.

Despite averaging 28.6 points (6th in the league) to go along with 4.5 rebounds, and 6.4 assists, Beal’s name was left off the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves list.

Beal, who was named an All-Star the last two seasons, addressed the snub shortly after leading the Wizards to a 121-107 win over the Charlotte Hornets at Capital One Arena.

“A little pissed off about it, but I know I am. I was kind of expecting it honestly. It’s disrespectful, but the real ones know. I’m gonna try and get my team in the playoffs for sure,” he said in a clip from SportsCenter.

Beal went off against the Hornets. He finished a rebound and assist shy of a triple-double with 34 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists in 35 minutes. He shot 7-of-16 from the field and drilled six of his 12 attempts from distance.

The 26-year-old Florida product was unconscious in the second half. He taunted defender Miles Bridges for his inability to guard him. Beal received a technical foul shortly after draining a trey right over Bridges’ defense.

Beal has been an efficient first option for the Wizards this year. He has shot a high percentage from the field (45.3 percent) and from downtown (32.5 percent). With fellow All-Star John Wall out for the season, Beal has also evolved into a great playmaker, leading his team in assists.

The Wizards, however, have floundered at 11th place in the East with a 16-31 slate. Washington’s inability to string up wins may have factored into the coaches’ decision to exclude him from the team.