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Bradley Beal explains recent blow-up after loss to Bulls

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Bradley Beal had a recent flare-up in the Washington Wizards locker room after a loss to the Chicago Bulls last Wednesday, urging for the change in culture and more accountability. Upon returning to practice, Beal was still as “angry” and “emotional” as he’s ever been with the team, according to a report from David Aldridge of The Athletic.

Now a full week after that chain of events, the Wizards franchise player explained his motives for lashing out after the loss.

“I was mad that we lost. We lost a very winnable game. And granted, I’m a big part of it, the team’s a big part of it,” Beal told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports in a recent episode of his podcast Posted Up. “One thing I want everybody to understand is I’m not a guy that just shifts blame on his teammates.

“I want to win. And whatever that looks like, whatever it takes, let’s go out there and get it done.”

The Wizards haven’t been very competitive this season. They are a fun-to-watch bunch that can put up points on the board but have a hard time defending and closing out key possessions.

Washington was within striking range, leading the Bulls by five points at the half, but losing that lead in the third quarter and ultimately getting outscored 60-46 in the second half. Frustrations boiled over for Beal, who signed a two-year, $72 million extension in the summer to remain the team’s franchise player.

While new general manager Tommy Sheppard made some key moves in the offseason to improve the roster, it has yet to translate into winning, as they are 15-29 on the season and 3.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the East.