WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Bradley Beal addressed the Wizards dominant 3-1 series victory over the Chicago Bulls in an interview with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Friday.
Beal, asked when he knew they were better than the Bulls, answered, “We knew we were better than this team before we even played them, when the seedings finally came out.”
“We weren’t overconfident,” he said. “We just felt as though we could beat ‘em. We knew if we played the right way on both ends of the floor, we can win the series. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We knew it probably wasn’t going to be a sweep or anything like that, but it was definitely going to be a tough series. And it definitely was at the end, and we were fortunate enough to pull out a couple wins and advance.”
Heading into the series, the Bulls were heavily favored to win by pundits across the country.
The Wizards Twitter account masterfully trolled ESPN’s basketball “experts” — of whom 17 of 18 had the Bulls winning the series — immediately after Washington eliminated the Bulls Tuesday night.
Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 30, 2014
Asked about being overlooked by so many, Beal took the high road.
“We don’t really pay attention to that stuff, man,” Beal said. “I think we notice it – I guess you can say we do use it as a little bit of ammunition, but at the same time, we’re focused on us, man, and we don’t really care about what outside people have to say, or what the experts say, because at the end of the day, we know what we’re capable of doing, we know how we can play, and we’ve competed and beat the best teams in the NBA, so I think we just stick together as a team and our core and just focus on what we need to do.”
As for the Wizards second-round matchup, they could potentially face either the Atlanta Hawks or the Indiana Pacers, after the Hawks failed to close out the Pacers late in Game 6 last night. If Atlanta wins out, Washington will have home-court advantage.
If it’s the Pacers, they’ll open up the series in Indianapolis.
Beal, expectedly, is nonplussed by the notion of playing the first two games on the road, when asked if it would bother him if it’s the latter who survives to advance.
“No, not at all,” he said. “Because I think we can match up pretty well with them, and I think as long as we play the right way, and play the way we’re capable of playing, I love our chances.”
Listen to the full interview below.
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