Sure to say Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards are pretty much up and running as April draws to a close. On the last Monday of the month, the NBA announced that Beal was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week from April 19-26.
According to the league’s press release, Beal was « the only NBA player during the week who who scored 29 or more points in four games « as the Wizards won all four games and extended their winning streak to eight. However, Beal’s outstanding stats go way beyond his total score: he also shot 50% off the field, 55% of three and scored 5.8 rebounds per game – all in all, this is arguably Beal’s best and most efficient week of his career.
This is the fourth time Beal has won Player of the Week and the first since March 2019. Dallas Mavericks security guard Luka Doncic was named Player of the Week for the Western Conference after serving in the Mavs had scored 26.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 10.0 apg 3-0. It was a historic award for Doncic when the Slovenian, along with Dirk Nowitzki (16x), Michael Finley (3x) and Jason Kidd (3x), were the only Mavericks to win the award at least three times in a career. Doncic is only 22 years old and arguably the best player in his age group in the league.
For Beal, Washington’s efforts have skyrocketed to 27-33 a year after winning 10 of his last 11 games. In 10th place in the east, the Wizards currently occupy a place in the NBA play-in tournament.
Beal is also neck to neck with Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry for the 2021 title. At 31.3 ppg, Curry leads Beal (31.1) by a hair as the regular season is slimming.
Washington’s next matchup is Monday when they face San Antonio at 7 p.m.
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