On-a-roll Beal remains upbeat about Wizards’ season

Bradley Beal is having the best season of his career for the Wizards.

The Washington Wizards have been to heck and back already, though the season is only just past the halfway mark.

Staggering out of the gates with a 2-8 start, the Wizards announced last week that All-Star point guard John Wall would have season-ending heel surgery on his left heel.

However, Wall’s All-Star backcourt mate, Bradley Beal has taken the bull by the horns, helping to right the ship in Washington. The Wizards (18-25) have gone 16-17 since that 2-8 tip to the season and stand 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, though only two games behind eighth-place Charlotte (19-22).

An All-Star for the first time in his seven NBA seasons last season, Beal scored 32 points and added five boards, seven dimes, three steals and a blocked shot in 39 minutes in Washington’s 113-106 conquest of visiting Milwaukee on Friday night.

Beal, averaging career-high in minutes (36.7), points (24.4), rebounds (4.8) and assists (4.8) to go along with 1.8 steals in 43 games, remains adamant this season is still salvageable, in all respects.

“I think you could kind of say we stayed in that funk, from last year to this year. But we keep saying, ‘We can turn it around.’ And I firmly believe that,” Beal said, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic. “But we’ve still got a long way to go. Keeping guys together, keeping us with positive spirits. That’s what we have to do. It’s not going to be easy. It’s tough.

“But we’ve got the guys in here who can do it. I put my faith and trust in myself and my teammates to do it.”

Beal, 25, recently denied he was seeking a trade out of Washington. One team said to be interested in a potential deal for Beal was the Toronto Raptors.