Bradley Beal was uncharacteristically down following the Wizards' 115-106 loss to the Bulls Wednesday night.
With the loss, Washington dropped to 13-27 on the year, so losing isn't exactly new to this group. As the leader of the team, Beal has regularly answered for each performance, and up to this point hasn't shown signs of frustration to anyone besides certain referees.
But after this particular game, he was short with answers and spoke at a noticeably low tone.
"I don't like losing, I'm sorry," Beal said. "Especially winnable games."
Beal's second game back from a leg injury marked the second straight time the Wizards gave up a backbreaking second-half run to their opponent. On Sunday they blew a 15-point lead to a Jazz team without Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley, and on Wednesday it was a 22-6 spurt led by Zach LaVine.
The Wizards weren't expected to be a playoff team with John Wall out most of the season. They play hard and have been fun to watch, the wins just haven't always been there, which is why Beal made mention of a needed culture change moving forward.
"I would hope it does," he said when asked if the losing builds up. "I don't like losing so it's going to keep blowing up for me... Until we start winning and changing our culture."
What exactly would that culture change entail?
"Winning games," he said. "Get that winning attitude and winning habits."
Beal wasn't talking about locker room drama or on-court issues that the team suffered through last season. By all accounts, the Wizards seemingly enjoy playing together and that environment has led to several young players taking promising steps forward in their development.
However, for an All-Star in his prime like Beal, winning is the most important thing. While he knows what he signed up for with the extension this offseason, it's not easy playing on a team dwelling at the bottom of the standings.
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