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The brutally honest reason Bradley Beal played 35 minutes in Wizards’ blowout win vs. Suns

The Washington Wizards were finally able to add another W in their win total this season after beating the Phoenix Suns in a blowout on Monday night.

Washington dominated the red-hot Suns at home with a huge 128-107 victory to give them a 3-8 record this 2020-21 campaign. Of course, it was thanks in large part to another impressive effort from Bradley Beal.

The Capital City team came to play on Monday and did not let the Suns find their rhythm right from tip-off. They mounted a 26-point lead by half time and took advantage of the Phoenix’s off-night from deep. Early in the fourth quarter, with the Wizards up by 24, head coach Scott Brooks chose to bring back Beal to ultimately put the game to bed.

When asked about his decision to bring back the star guard in a blowout  game, head coach Scott Brooks had a rather funny response.

“They made a semi-run and it was a decision [because] we haven’t won more than two games. We haven’t won in the last, what, three games? Two wins for the season, we didn’t want to let this one slip away. He’s good. He didn’t play last game, he had a couple of days out,” the Wizards coach explained,  via NBC Sports.

Beal, who has been on an absolute tear this season, dropped 34 points, eight rebounds and nine assists on Monday. He now leads the NBA in scoring with an average of 34.9 points per outing in 36 heavy minutes of play.

He had to sit out the Wizards’ last game due to the league’s contact tracing protocol after he came in close contact with Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.

“He’s averaging, whatever, 36 minutes and he had 35. We don’t shoot around, we don’t practice. He plays 36 minutes of basketball. I think he can handle that. He’s a world-class athlete, [27] years old, good looking, great family, great kids, parents are amazing; I think he can handle 36 minutes,” Brooks jokingly added.

Someone get Bradley Beal an ice bath.