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Bradley Beal speaks out on playing with hobbled eight-man roster in loss vs. Spurs

Bradley Beal, Wizards

The Washington Wizards had to face the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday with just eight players on their roster due to COVID-19 protocols. As expected by many, they got blown out. Bradley Beal, however, reiterated they played under unusual circumstances.

It marked the Wizards’ first game after the postponement of their last six outings. They finally had enough players to field in but got destroyed by the Spurs, 121-101. After the game, Beal told reporters it was strange playing with the odd situation (via ESPN).

“It’s not normal. I just got done getting tested after the game, so it’s not normal. We are doing a lot of things on the fly. It’s just the next-man-up mentality.”

The two-time All-Star led all scorers with 31 points, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. He was 13-of-29 from the field, but only shot 3-of-10 from deep. Only two other Wizards scored in double-figures with Jerome Robinson posting 16 points and new acquisition Alex Len chipping in 11 more. Russell Westbrook, who returned from a left quad injury, only scored a season-low nine points.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks echoed Beal’s sentiments. Yet he’s satisfied that his team is finally seeing action again.

“This whole season for us has been weird. Definitely, I don’t think I will ever go through anything like this again. It all happened after one game after another. We can’t keep dwelling on it, we have to put it behind us. We got the first game in. I’m glad we did that.”

Bradley Beal and the Wizards will face the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, marking Beal and John Wall’s first game as foes.