In their return from the All-Star break, the Wizards had to play three games in as many nights going 2-1 over that stretch. The Wizards held the Jazz and Pistons (both wins) under 100 points which was the reason they won those games. The team had no gas left in the tank by the time their flight landed in Miami. The Wizards were down double figures in the blink of an eye and ended up losing 114-94 to the Heat. Who’s trending up and who’s in a post All-Star break funk?
Trending Up: Bradley Beal – Bradley Beal averaged 17.3 points this week while coming off the bench in all three games. Beal is on a minutes restriction and did not play more than 29 minutes in any of the three games. To be frank, he shouldn’t have played deep into the fourth quarter against Miami as the game was already out of hand. Beal continues to play some of the best basketball of his career and it all started when he broke his nose a few weeks back. Beal shot 50 percent (22-44) this week and it should be noted that he’s no longer settling for long jump shots. Many of his baskets came in the mid range as well as attacking the hole in transition. The only knock here is Beal needs to clean up his free throw shooting. A shooter of his caliber should not be a combined 2-7 from the charity stripe in back to back games.
Trending Down: Garrett Temple – The honeymoon is officially over as Garrett Temple has come back to earth. Gone are the days where Temple would put up between 15-20 points. To Temple’s credit, he’s still playing very well on the defensive end. It’s just his shooting has been atrocious. Temple went 2-16 during this three game and was 1-4 from the charity stripe. Temple continues to attack the hole in transition it’s just he’s no longer finishing those layups. He had more than twice as many steals (5) than he did made baskets (2). Beal’s scoring helps but the Wizards are going to need more from Temple on offense especially if he’s getting 30+ minutes per game.