Bradley Beal thinks Trey Burke fueled by idea of revenge game, Burke doesn’t agree
Trey Burke has been dynamite throughout this second half of the season, and Sunday’s game against the Washington Wizards was no exception, dropping a game-high 19 points against his former team.
Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal noted Burke’s play was incentivized by a potential revenge game against the team he played for last season, but Burke turned down any potential of that taking place.
“He took it personal,” said Beal after Burke started in the backcourt next to rookie Frank Ntilikina and finished 8-of-15 from the field along with three assists and three steals.
Burke was All-Star point guard John Wall’s backup for 57 games last season but scored a career-low five points per game in only 12.3 minutes of playing time under head coach Scott Brooks.
Yet, Burke didn’t look at it that way, rather keeping the scope on his latest opportunity with the New York Knicks and what a bright second half of the season could do for his career.
“Coming back here, playing with these guys all last year, having a relationship with them, you want to do good, you want to win the game,” said Burke, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington. “I don’t want to make it about me. We won the game, and that’s the biggest thing.”
Burke has shined ever since the end of the All-Star break, recently posting averages of 14.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and a steal per game during his last five games with the Knicks, in which the team has gone 3-2 since.