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Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal expressed his perception Friday that the Wiz are the very best workforce within the Eastern Conference.
In an interview for ESPN’s The Jump (h/t ESPN.com) alongside backcourt mate John Wall, Beal stated the next in regards to the workforce:
“I feel like we’re the best team. That’s just the way I feel. I always stand by it, because I mean, why would I sit here and say another team’s better than my team? I’m not going to sit here and do that. I’ve got confidence in myself and my teammates and what we can bring to our team and what we can accomplish.”
Washington is off to an up-and-down begin at Four-Three, and it entered play on Friday tied for sixth place within the Eastern Conference.
It at present trails the Boston Celtics and the stunning Orlando Magic by 1.5 video games for the highest spot.
Beal’s feedback got here forward of an enormous matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, because the Cavs have been the measuring stick within the Eastern Conference for the previous three seasons.
Cleveland has three NBA Finals appearances and one championship to its credit score within the final three years, however 2017-18 has been a battle to date.
The Cavs are simply Three-5, they usually have faltered in opposition to far less-talented groups such because the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.
Despite their points, Wall famous that they’re a workforce the Wizards have to beat with the intention to accomplish their targets: “We feel like we’re [the Cavs’] biggest threat. We just got to find a way to get over that hump and beat them and go to the Finals.”
The 24-year-old Beal is off to a powerful begin individually this season with averages of 22.Four factors, Four.7 rebounds and a pair of.9 badists per recreation.
Last season was a profession yr for the previous University of Florida standout, as he set private bests with 23.1 factors per contest and 77 video games performed.
Although consistency has eluded them, a younger core of Beal, Wall, Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre Jr. stands up properly in opposition to most groups within the East.
If Washington can slay some demons in opposition to the Cavaliers and contribute to Cleveland’s continued downward spiral, it’ll lend an excessive amount of credence to Beal’s claims.