Bradley Beal Tried an Awful, Shameless Flop in the Biggest Game of His Life

Bryan Brandom
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The best season in the young career of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal ended with a pair of flops—one, a shameless (and fruitless) attempt by the 23-year-old to draw a weak foul call; the other, his team’s performance down the stretch of Game 7 of their second-round series against the Boston Celtics.

In the waning moments of the first half, Beal tried to squeeze in an extra possession by feigning pain after a back screen from Avery Bradley.

Even the NBA officials on hand—part of a group that is regularly duped by such blatant antics—were not fooled.

And it wasn’t even Beal’s first embarrassing flop on a screen in the series. Back in Game 3, he offered this beauty.

This season marked the third campaign in four years in which the Wizards reached the playoffs’ second round. Monday was their first opportunity to reach the conference finals since 1979, when they lost in the NBA Finals.

Beal was easily the best Wizard in the series-deciding contest, scoring a team-high 38 points on 12-of-22 shooting in the 110-105 defeat. In his fifth season, Beal posted career highs of 23.1 points, 48.2 percent shooting, and 3.5 assists.

Bradley Beal: good basketball player, total butt actor.

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