Bradley Beal thinks Knicks ‘smacked us in the mouth’ during loss
Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was utterly disappointed in his team’s 101-97 loss to the New York Knicks; a team out of playoff contention that is playing its young assets until the end of the season.
The Knicks had seven players in double figures, fighting toe-to-toe in a pretty even matchup that only saw a 10-point advantage during a 42-point second quarter prove to be the difference in the game.
“We looked like we didn’t give a damn, honestly,” Beal said, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. “We just thought we could show up and play because they don’t have anything to play for. So, we just thought it was going to be a cakewalk, and [the Knicks] smacked us in the mouth.”
The Wizards were hurt the most by former backup point guard Trey Burke, who got the chance to start next to rookie Frank Ntlikina in the backcourt, making the most of his stint at shooting guard, dropping 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, along with three assists, and three steals.
Yet this loss proves inexcusable for the Wizards, losers of three straight, now mire in sixth place after losing five of their last seven games throughout a crucial stint this season.
“We had a great practice before that,” point guard Tomas Satoransky said of the team’s Saturday session. “Seems like we’re playing better there, with more effort, and this can’t happen.”
The Wizards have now dropped games against the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, and the Knicks; with only one full game of advantage against the seventh-place Milwaukee Bucks in a race for the best spot in the Eastern Conference.