There’s no denying that Bradley Beal is one of the most unstoppable scorers in the world. He’s torching opposing defenses night and night out, and once he gets into that zone, there’s just nothing any player can do to contain him.
His offensive skillset was in full display during the Washington Wizards’ win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He got off to a slow start and Josh Okogie apparently started trash-talking him, so he gave him 16 points in the third quarter en route to a 34-point performance.
So, when asked about that little exchange with Okogie and whether it had anything to do with his outburst, he admitted that it did fuel his fire, going as far as to say that the only way any other player in the NBA can stop him is by fouling him:
“It definitely fuelled a fire up under me… He started chirping and saying that he didn’t foul me, or doesn’t foul me, and that was just mind-boggling to me because I feel like the only way you can guard me is by fouling,” Beal said, as quoted by Fred Katz of The Athletic.
Bradley Beal on if Josh Okogie’s trash talk fueled his big 3rd Q: “It definitely fueled a fire up under me…He started chirping & saying that he didn’t foul me, or doesn’t foul me, and that was just mind-boggling to me bc I feel like the only way you can guard me is by fouling.” pic.twitter.com/zLEZYczIQS
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) February 28, 2021
That may not be that much of a stretch by Beal. He’s been a walking bucket for years and has proved that he can put that ball through the hoop in multiple ways.
Josh Okogie is a great defender but Beal is just on another level right now, and all of a sudden the Wizards are right back in contention for a spot in the playoffs.