Bradley Beal and the Wizards returned to the postseason, and while they ended up with an early first round exit vs. the top-seeded Sixers, the USA Team superstar believes they exposed their opponent’s weaknesses.
In a recent interview with CBS Sports, Beal explained that once Joel Embiid went down with injury, Washington exposed the move of intentionally fouling Ben Simmons.
“Obviously when Joel [Embiid] got hurt, that was the game that we ended up winning. And we felt like we should have won the next game, but they just wanted it a little bit more than we did. And Joel didn’t even play that game. But at the same time we kind of exposed the move of fouling Ben [Simmons], putting him on the line a few times.
Granted, I think in our series he actually made a few. So, we had to go away from that instead of just giving away free points. But they were two totally different series, two totally different teams. Ben was more or less aggressive in our series, the first couple games, and then it kind of died down and trickled down from there.
Atlanta was a good team, too. They played hard. They have a lot of young pieces over there who are really versatile. They’re not just a one-dimensional team. It was very tough. Joel had to do a lot.”
The Sixers were really in trouble for most of the series against the Hawks as they were pretty inconsistent from quarter to quarter.
The lack of aggressiveness from Ben Simmons was a key reason the Sixers could not get past Atlanta in a seven-game series, however it was not the only one, as Doc Rivers’ team lost multiple double-digits leads during Game 4 and Game 5.