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Bradley Beal says Wizards will make the playoffs

Nov 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

Bradley Beal AP

The Wizards are off to their worst start in franchise history. Still winless after 11 games puts them at the bottom of the league’s standings and power rankings across the web (including ours).

Despite this awful start, rookie Bradley Beal thinks his Wizards will make the playoffs:

“We’re 0-11 but we still have 71 more games,” Beal said following Saturday night’s double-overtime loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. “It’s still a long season and we still have an opportunity to get over .500.

“That’s our goal and we need to shoot for it. Just try to get in the playoffs. I mean, we’re going to make it. I have faith in this team and I think we’re more than capable of doing it.”

In one respect, you have to love the confidence. Theoretically, there’s nowhere to go but up for the hapless Wizards and in an Eastern Conference where it’s still the Heat and then everyone else, there will be playoff spots up for grabs at the bottom of the bracket.

Plus, with Nene now back from injury and John Wall hopefully back from his before the new year, the Wizards will be adding quality players to their roster. Those two can be the anchors for a strong push that sees them get some much needed wins.

That said, the Wizards are still looking at a steep uphill climb to be in contention for even an 8th seed. Right now the Celtics are sitting in that last playoff spot and they’re two games over .500 at 8-6. To think the Wizards can win at a high enough clip to even come close to a .500 record by the end of the season is wishful thinking even with 71 games left on the docket.

But I give Beal credit. At least he believes in his team.

  1. pacific123ocean - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    I like his confidence.

    • mjbulls45 - Nov 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      he is the reason they are 0-11…

      who is bradley beal, and why did they draft this dude so high,

      • eugenesaxe - Nov 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        Yeah, not having your starting PG/PF has nothing to do with it.
        The rookie SHOULD already be an All-Star.
        Shut up.

      • mjbulls45 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM


        hey buddy,

        john wall can not shoot the basketball , u make it seem like wes unseld is about to come off that bench from IR,

        bradley beal an all star, over who wade?

        u like men.

      • scalfor3 - Nov 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

        ah yes, the “your opinion on basketball is wrong, thus you are gay” argument

  2. zerole00 - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Don’t stop believin’.

  3. jordanismyidol - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Hahahahaha. Good luck with that

  4. broncobeta - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    Break out the drug test.

  5. rockthered1286 - Nov 26, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    I believe without wall and nene their avg margin of loss was like 6 pts? Bring back your 2 stars and I think .500 is realistic.

  6. dysraw1 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    optimism at its highest

  7. moseskkim - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Bradely beal must’ve said that because Bradley Beal would be crazy to say that. Would be awesome to see though. Hey if bobcats can be .500, anything anything can happen. Like anything..

  8. urunclebwn - Nov 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    He might not be on the team anymore, but the spirit of Javale McGee lives on in the Wizards…

  9. bcjim - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    And we’re going to the Superbowl!

    Carson palmer

  10. dko83 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    I think he came out one year too early… With that said, you want him saying stuff like this, sets a good precedent.

  11. paulwoodsby - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    You never know, it is the eastern conference.

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