WASHINGTON — All 29 NBA teams go into their games against the Wizards with a plan and hopes to stop Bradley Beal. Few are as successful as the Toronto Raptors, whose head coach Nick Nurse often gets name-dropped by Beal anytime he has an off-night against them.
Beal mentioned Nurse once again after Friday night’s loss, which saw Beal tie a career-high with nine turnovers. He represented half of the Wizards’ 18 turnovers as a team, which led to 27 points for the Raptors on the other end. It was quite simply the biggest reason why they lost.
“That’s unacceptable and that’s 100% on my a–… I turned the ball over way too many times for us to win,” Beal said.
Beal began to unravel in the second quarter when he had four turnovers in the frame. That was one short of his career-high for a single quarter. He has had five turnovers in a quarter twice, including in 2019 against… the Raptors.
Earlier this season, on Dec. 5, the Raptors held Beal to 14 points on 33.3% shooting. The Wizards have lost 11 of their last 13 games against the Raptors while Beal has been held to 23.4 points per game on 43.5% from the field in those matchups. During that span overall, he has averaged 26.6 points while shooting 46.7%.
Wizards acting head coach Joseph Blair explained the Raptors’ strategy to defend Beal in detail. He outlined how they…