Eastern Notes: Beal, Smart, Heat, Nunn

Bradley Beal celebrates the team's win over the Denver Nuggets. - AP

The Wizards have dropped two straight games after a stretch in which they won seven of eight games, losing 125-111 on Tuesday night to the Grizzlies.  Bradley Beal put into simple words why the Wizards lost that game.

“Bad habits came back up again,” Beal said after the contest.

Washington has one more game left before the All-Star. They’ll face the Clippers on Thursday.

More East Notes

  • Marcus Smart is “getting a lot closer” to returning to the Boston Celtics lineup, according to head coach Brad Stevens. Smart has been out with a calf strain for the last 17 games, as the Celtics have struggled in his absence.

  • Kendrick Nunn has stepped up big time for the Heat during that stretch, as he’s been averaging 16.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor. “Just my preparation. It’s definitely different,” Nunn said. “My poise for the game and just reading the game, and being able to make plays in clutch moments, and knocking down shots. My overall game. I always look at my game overall and not just try to pinpoint one specific thing. I try to get better on both ends of the floor.”

  • ICYMI: Friction with Hawks players was behind the firing of coach Lloyd Pierce.

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