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Bradley Beal shoots really well – thanks to Marcin Gortat

Dec 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Bradley Beal made a game-winning layup against the Knicks a couple weeks ago, because the Knicks are inept.

The Knicks’ embarrassing defense had more impact on the play than anything Beal did.

But the Wizards couldn’t count on New York screwing up – well, maybe they could’ve. Regardless, the Wizards had a play drawn up in case the Knicks didn’t part like the Red Sea to allow Beal an easy lane for a layup.

Watch Beal’s game-winner again:

Marcin Gortat is coming over to screen for Beal, a good move for the Wizards when the need a basket. Gortat screening for Beal a great part of any play, and Beal is happy to share credit.

Beal, via J. Michael of CSN Washington:

“I give a lot of credit to March. He screens his butt off,” Beal said of Gortat, who is 6-11 and 240 pounds. “He makes life easier for you. He gets you open when you need to.”

“When he tells you to shoot the ball, you better shoot the ball,” Beal said. “You have to love a big like that that’s willing to get guys open, willing to do all the little things for the team to help us win.”

The numbers completely support Beal’s perception. He shoots much better when Gortat is on the court.imageWhen Beal and Gortat share the court, the Wizards offensive rating is 108.1 – a mark that would rank third in the NBA, behind just the Trail Blazers and Heat, over the full season.

Safe to say, the Wizards will keep using those two in tandem.

  1. sellahh - Dec 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    My man, my country… hell my city even
    Cmon Wall, Beal and Marcin get that 3rd spot.
    BTW dont u think its funny we get to watch UFC for free here in Poland while you have to pay for it? Not that it’d make you want to move to Poland but still (-:

    • connorchew - Dec 29, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Yeah Poland still sucks

  2. fraudguy - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Pardon my misunderstanding, but how is Gortat setting a screen, here?

    At :02 in the clip, he is on the far side of the court from Beal, then as Beal starts dribbling up the left side, Gortat starts moving towards him, but stays well to Beal’s right and forward of his position. Gortat’s defender stays with Gortat. When Beal starts toward the basket, his defender, without ever seeing or being influenced by Gortat’s move (or being impeded by his teammates coverage of Gortat), follows Beal to the basket, which Beal makes around him.

    A screen would imply that Beal’s defender is somehow impeded by Gortat’s maneuver, whereas in this action, Gortat never comes close to him, stops, or deflects him at all. This one is all Beal outrunning his defender to the basket.

    I mean, you guys already kill the English language on your site; do you have to mangle basketball terminology, too?

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