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Bradley Beal on De’Aaron Fox’s game-winner: ‘He’s a good player. It was a tough shot.’

Beal also insinuates that the Kings are the Wizards of the west. He's not wrong...

De'Aaron Fox put a dent in the tank Wednesday evening as he drained a jumper over Bradley Beal to put the Sacramento Kings up by two, leaving the Washington Wizards with .7 seconds left on the clock. The Kings would go on to win their 16th game of the season. Fox finished with 28 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. He scored 13 of those points in the fourth quarter.

Here is a look at the shot from two angles:

Following the game, Beal and Fox discussed this play.

Fox said he always wants to get to the basket, but given the time left on the clock and how Beal bit on him driving, he took the shot instead.

"First thought is to always get to the basket. He jumped on that just when I pulled back. That's the time that we have ... That's the thing you work on as a basketball player in one-on-one situations. You can't get to the basket every time. So, when I pulled back I was ready to shoot the ball."

Beal did a decent job covering Fox even if he came close to losing his balance. He said he should have done a better job trying to take away Fox's left hand.

"I could have fouled him [smiles], but he would have been shooting. It was a tough shot, I felt like I guarded it solidly. Only thing I probably could have done was maybe cut off his left hand, forced him right, but he had it going the last 10 possessions so it's going to be tough. He's a good player. It was a tough shot, you definitely tip your hat to him."

Fox is a good player and you have to tip your hat to him, especially considering what he has been doing in crunch time this season. He is currently 13th in the league in most points (6.6) in the fourth quarter.

I also thought this comment from Beal was interesting, in a sad kind of way:

€œThis team we played tonight - exact same record, same position, but in the west coast. So, we played ourselves tonight,€ he said.

He elaborated later on the team's struggles:

"I feel like our defense sucks and that's a direct carryover to our offense. We're not getting stops, we're not being able to push the ball, we're taking the ball out all the time, we're not rebounding," he said. "We're ass-backwards, we're doing the complete opposite of what we need to do."

From Feb. 14 to Feb. 27, the Wizards won 7 out of 8 games. Since then, they have lost 7 of 8. 

This checks some Kangz boxes.

Regardless, it's been good to see Fox's progress this season.

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Greg
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March 18, 2021 2:53 pm

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March 18, 2021 5:47 pm
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Gotta be a Merlin and Arthur joke in here somewhere

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March 18, 2021 3:16 pm

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andy_sims
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March 18, 2021 3:38 pm

Let’s change our name to the Bullets out of respect.

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March 18, 2021 4:22 pm

It is good to see Fox improve, and while I want the Kings to lose its nice seeing a clutch jumper go in.

However, for the most part I feel Haliburton should share in running the show, particularly in the 4th. Fox dribble dribble dribble one on one bogs then O down overall. The Kings move the ball when Hali has it. Fine for now because of the tank but not a recipe for winning.

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March 18, 2021 9:26 pm
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Notice that when Tyrese is surveying the floor to facilitate, he always moves away from his defender. He backs up. He doesn’t force it at once. He looks around, checking his teammates where they are and where they will tend to move.

Compare that to Buddy when he comes down with the ball from the other end or halfcourt (playing PG!) He dribbles into the defender (usually with his terrible left hand) and 90% of the time turns it over!

peyroux
March 19, 2021 1:39 pm
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Excellent observation. I’m getting vibes that Fox might transition to a combo 2 role next season.

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March 19, 2021 2:28 pm
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Really looking forward to that. Tyrese can create more lanes for Fox to penetrate and attack the rim!

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March 19, 2021 7:26 am
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Wrong.

SelecaoKOJ
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March 18, 2021 5:18 pm

Memphis needs a few more vets. Barnes and Holmes for Melton, Clarke, and Winslow. All young and fit the Sac Timeline a
little better.

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March 18, 2021 5:43 pm
Reply to  SelecaoKOJ

yikes, no.
Winslow can’t shoot and is hurt a lot. Melton is a back up and Clarke will fade when JJJ comes back.
Holmes is a tweener- starts on bad but not good team. Barnes starts on some good teams.
Need more for Barnes. Look what Houston got for Tucker who is one dimensional

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March 19, 2021 8:57 am
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…starts on bad but not good team.

I’m still squinting.

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March 19, 2021 7:24 am

Fox has been ice-cold from 3s, 4-21 in the last 3 games, but he’s still averaging 30.5 PPG over this stretch because hes so dominant and unstoppable getting into the lane.

He is making 56% of his 2s and averaging 10.5 FTAs per game, which also reflects how great he is driving the rim and the refs starting to show him the respect and fairness he deserves.

When he was struggling at 20 PPG I said don’t worry he will average 22-24 PPG. He’s at 23.7 PPG. I amend my proection to 25 PPG if and when he starts making 35-40% from three pointers and makes 75-80% of his FTs.

Ty added to the starting lineup will also boost Fox scoring prowess and enable him to average 28-30 PPG for the rest of the season.

Beal can say what he wants about the last shot, but it was an easy and simple move for Fox, a simple juke move and all-net. Beal had NO chance!

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March 19, 2021 7:43 am
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Fox’s offensive efficiency the last three games is actually lower than his already declining season average. And the team lost two of those three games.

I think he’s played relatively well, but his PPG increase is based mostly on volume.

when he starts making 35-40% from three pointers and makes 75-80% of his FTs.

One of these years, right?

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March 19, 2021 8:37 am
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yeah, he’s taken a leap this year for sure, but he’s not as efficient as we’d hope yet. He’s going to need more time, but he’s likely never going to be no 1 options on a great team like other elite PG. He needs more help on offense than what this team offers currently (looking at buddy especially)

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March 19, 2021 8:51 am
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Fox is scoring more only because he’s getting more shot attempts. Scoring is overrated. Beal leads the league in scoring on a really bad team. What does that tell you.

Besides 3pt shooting and Ft’s…Fox really doesn’t have a consistent motor or Killer instinct. This is what will really keep him from being great.

This is the mentality that Doncic, Butler, Mitchell, Curry, Harden, Paul, Lillard, and Possibly Morant and Trey.

Some of those players have better talent around them, some of them don’t.

I don’t think Fox necessarily makes players around him better either.

I didn’t see alot of playmaking from Hali in that last game. I would like to see Hali run some point, esp against Boston and Philly. Fox moved to a more combo guard. Walton should experiment with this. But, he won’t.

We will probably have to wait until next season for this to happen with a new coach.

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