Wizards’ Bradley Beal rips team after loss to Bulls: ‘We just didn’t want to win’
Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal wasn’t too fond of the overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls, citing effort as the reason for this defeat.
“We just didn’t want to win,” said Beal, according to Bob Trosset of NBC Sports Washington.
The Bulls had a chance to win it in regulation but opted to give the ball to Robin Lopez with 2.4 seconds left in the game, which turned into the clock expiring before he could get a shot off.
Yet second-year forward Lauri Markkanen and point guard Kris Dunn carried the Bulls to a 126-120 win in overtime.
“They were hungry,” said Beal. “When you have a team like — guys who, a lot of them weren’t on the team last year, weren’t on the team early in the year. Guys who don’t have deals; they’re hungry. They want to play and they’re taking advantage of their opportunity and kicked our (butt).”
Asked if he needed to remind his teammates about the importance of a sense of urgency, Beal wasn’t the most pleased to answer.
“I shouldn’t have to but I need to,” he said. “We have 10 games left. We got to be better. That’s all I can say. It starts with me. We got to be better. Myself included.”
The Wizards are all but mathematically eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoffs, something that could happen soon enough. Yet Beal is hoping the team could use the rest of the regular season as an opportunity to mesh and see success to carry into next season.