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Bradley Beal says he is bothered by the Wizards’ first round playoff loss in postgame press conference

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Beal said the right things, but there is so much work to do for next season.

Bradley Beal had a strong 2017-18 season for the Wizards. He averaged a career-high 22.6 points and 4.5 assists per game which led to his first appearance in the NBA All-Star Game.

But ultimately, the Wizards themselves had a disappointing 2017-18 season where they lost to the Toronto Raptors in the first round. Sure, Washington was an eight seed while Toronto was a one seed. But few expected the Wizards to ever be an eight seed in when many thought they would be a Top-3 team in the Eastern Conference in the preseason.

Beal echoed those sentiments on Friday evening after Washington’s 108-98 Game 6 loss to Toronto.

In the video snippet above (from Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver), Beal talked about the Wizards’ inability all season long to win games consistently. Beal also acknowledged that a first round playoff exit for the first time in his career bothered him “a little.”

If there’s one thing that I disagree a bit with Beal on, it was his last statement where he said, “We’re a better team than that.” The NBA regular season is 82 games long and all playoff matchups are part of a best of seven series. The Wizards were quite frankly, mediocre.

It’s true that this team had their brilliant moments. One of them was in February thanks to the “Everybody Eats” offense that led to Scott Brooks winning the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month last February. But ultimately, the Wizards were 20-15 to teams with a record below .500 which hurt their seeding considerably.

Here’s hoping that Beal continues to grow and improve this summer as he gets ready for the 2018-19 NBA season.