With 114 points in his last three games, each time eclipsing the 35-point mark, Bradley Beal is taking his game to new heights early in this 2017-18 season.

The Wizards didn't have John Wall on Sunday night against the Raptors, so Beal stepped up and led them to a victory.

Beal's putting up All-Star numbers and his former teammate Paul Pierce is seeing improvement beyond the box score.

He sat down for a 1-on-1 interview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast this weekend and shared his thoughts on Beal's development into a budding star.

"It's playing with an edge, as I like to call it," Pierce said. "That's what you've seen more in Brad and that's what has made him a better player, I believe. I told him when he starts playing with that edge, 'it's going to make you a better player.' You've gotta go out there and feel like you're the best and this guy can't guard you. It's gotta be that mindset. It's all a mindset. This has nothing to with showing that you're tougher than this guy or having to fight, it's just a mindset when you come out here."