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Bradley Beal's not worried about hard falls: 'If it ain't broke, I'm playing'

Bradley Beal's not worried about hard falls: 'If it ain't broke, I'm playing'
Published On: Thu, Jan 10
Nov 27, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) brings the ball down the court while Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) defends during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Every Wizards fan knows the feeling. Bradley Beal drives past the first line of defense, rises up to attack the rim, bounces off a towering defender and hits the deck, falling in a heap. Silence sweeps over the crowd as he lays there, motionless, appearing at first to be seriously hurt.

Somehow, and perhaps this is when Wizards fans should knock on wood, Beal always gets up. He often stays in the game and soon after veers right back into traffic, looking for more.

It can be gut-wrenching to watch for fans and probably some in the organization as well, knowing the investment they have made in Beal. But those who know him best have long been used to it.

"I come from a football family. I don't think that [expletive] bothers them," Beal told NBC Sports Washington. "It doesn't bother them at all every time I fall. They expect me to get up. Fans might be scared, but if it ain't broke, I'm playing."

The NBA has tracking technology that can record average speed and distance among many things. One blind spot, however, may be time spent on the floor. If they tracked that, Beal might lead the league in the category.

For the past three seasons, Beal has managed to become one of the most durable players in the NBA, missing only five games going back to the 2016-17 season and some of those were due to rest. But it wasn't always that way for Beal, who early in his career had a reputation of being injury prone.

Beal missed 26 games as a rookie, 19 games in 2014-15 and 27 in the 2015-16 season. His absence in 2015-16 was so costly, the Wizards missed the playoffs and head coach Randy Wittman lost his job.

But with those days moving further and further into the distant past, Beal's confidence is growing when it comes to what his body can handle. His pain tolerance is high and he has no problem banging around the rim with the giants of the game.

There are numbers that back it up. This year, Beal is averaging career-bests in both field goal attempts within 0-3 feet (26.9% of his FGA) and field goal percentage in that range (70.1). That means he's getting to the rim and finishing there more often than ever.

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