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Wizards Basketball: Beal's Confidence Is Growing
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The first time Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal attempted to embarrass an opponent with a thunderous jam, he got a painful lesson on the need to think before dunking. Beal picked the wrong target when he elevated for a throw down on Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith, one of the game’s best leapers and shot blockers, and crashed on his backside after Smith stuffed the ball. Forced to sit out the next two games last month with a sore left back, Beal was a little more cautious about when to showcase his surprising hops. But in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 115-113 double overtime loss on Friday to the Brooklyn Nets, Beal decided the time was right when he caught the ball along the left sideline and darted around Jerry Stackhouse, an 18-year veteran nearly twice his age.

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