Bradley Beal, John Wall confident of Wizards' status among top in East

Bradley Beal, John Wall confident of Wizards' status among top in East

Bradley Beal will take an even more significant share of the scoring load on Sunday. In an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, prior to tipoff, Bradley Beal and John Wall were sending out shots from the Cavs not wanting to face them in the playoffs a year ago to the Wizards being the best team in the East.

First, All-Star point guard John Wall suffered a sprained shoulder during the third quarter of Friday's game when he crashed into Cleveland big man Channing Frye.

Smith said the Cavs didn't discuss the Wizards' barbs in the locker room before the game, but they clearly resonated to some degree.

The 76ers are over.500 for the first time in almost four years.

In Atlanta, James Harden had 29 points and 11 assists before sitting the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets bombed away early from three-point range to beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-104.

Wall played 38 minutes Friday night, shooting 4-for-13 from the field and 5-for-12 from the foul line as he finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Jordan Clarkson added 19 points and Brandon Ingram had 18 for the Lakers, but Lonzo Ball scored just six on 3 of 15 shooting. Guys where LeBron doesn't have to carry the load every night.

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James declined to engage when he was asked about Beal's and Wall's comments.

Washington Wizards guard Carrick Felix and forward Markieff Morris have each been suspended one game without pay for leaving the bench area during an altercation, it was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

"I just don't understand that we tanked [to miss] them, and they went to seven games against a team that was a No. 1 seed and they lost", Smith told ESPN. Frazier is only averaging 3.0 points per game and 4.6 assists.

Given how early it is in the season, and how important Wall is to the team's success, it's not surprising that the Wizards have made a decision to play this safe and hold Wall out for a while.

The Wizards are scheduled to visit the Raptors at 10am (AEDT) on Monday.

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