Despite Bradley Beal’s 28-point outburst in the Wizards’ 102-90 win on Monday in Milwaukee, Coach Randy Wittman said he still plans to bring the rookie shooting guard off the bench behind Garrett Temple on Wednesday in Detroit.
“Probably, then we’ll obviously look,” Wittman said. “We’re playing on a good roll right now, a good rhythm and that always changes. I tell all these guys, you always have to be ready. At a certain point, something is going to change again. I’m going to change something again.”
Wittman has had no problem switching up his rotations and starting lineups, but doesn’t want to tinker too much for the last game before the all-star break and the Wizards on a season-best four-game winning streak.
Beal will play his third game since returning from a sprained right wrist that sidelined him for five games, but he is not complaining about his role. He has started in all but four of his 43 games this season.
“I’m fine with the position I’m in,” Beal said. “Coming off the bench and doing whatever coach wants to do. Because I’m fine with it. I’m going to bring the same energy as if I was starting. It’s really no big difference.”
Beal played 36 minutes against the Bucks and the Wizards outscored Milwaukee by 27 points when he was on the floor. He also had the highest scoring total of a 19-year-old player off the bench since Ricky Davis scored 32 points for the Charlotte Hornets in 1999.