Bradley Beal says 'it's hell' playing against should-be All-Star Zach LaVine

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Beal says 'it's hell' playing should-be All-Star Zach LaVine originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Bradley Beal and Zach LaVine have something in common other than being two of the best scorers in the NBA. 

They, along with numerous elite players in the NBA like Jayson Tatum and Joel Embiid, train with Drew Hanlen, founder of Pure Sweat basketball. 

Hanlen has become one of the most recognizable basketball trainers in the world in large part to his client's offensive improvement over the last few years... And when his guys go off, he makes sure to hype them up on social media. 

When two "Pure Sweat athletes" meet each other in an NBA game like Beal and LaVine did Monday night, things can get explosive.

"It is hell," Beal said Monday. "It's hell. Zach LaVine is a bonafide scorer in this league, he should hands down be an All-Star. I'm not debating. He's getting my vote."

Both of them went for off for 35 points, continuing the trend of impressive scoring duels Beal and LaVine have had over the last two years. In seven meetings since the start of last season, Beal is averaging 31.4 points and five assists, while LaVine is putting up 29.6 points and 5.4 assists in those matchups. LaVine has the advantage in the win column over that stretch at 5-2. 

"Every time we play it's like this, it's competitive," Beal said. "We're always seeing who can out-compete the other guy, who can lead their team to victory."

Despite each player's success scoring the ball and making their defender's lives miserable on a given night, neither player has gotten the All-Star or All-NBA recognition they probably deserve. Both were snubbed for All-Star and All-NBA last season, as their teams finished outside the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, and while Beal looks on track to get back to the All-Star game, there's a good chance LaVine is left off once again. 

Still, Beal is a big fan of LaVine's game and believes he belongs in the All-Star game. It's a competitive East this season, but both players continue to improve their game each year. At some point, it'll be impossible to keep them out of All-Star weekend, even if their teams can't win games.

"He's been playing some of the best basketball in the league over the last couple of games," Beal said. "He came in, had 39 before this tonight. So he's electric, man. He has a great change of pace, can shoot the three, he's a three-level scorer, man."

Tune in to NBC Sports Washington beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday for full coverage of the Wizards' game against the Raptors. 

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