Bradley Beal Makes Impact in Suns Debut with Early 3-Pointers
By Jamal Collier
CHICAGO – The Phoenix Suns welcomed Bradley Beal back to the court in their game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Beal, who had been sidelined for the first seven games of the season due to a back injury, made an immediate impact with a pair of early 3-pointers.
Despite struggling with his shot for the rest of the night, Beal’s presence on the floor provided good spacing for the Suns’ 3-point shooters. Phoenix went 19-of-48 from beyond the arc, with Grayson Allen leading the way with eight 3-pointers and 26 points.
Beal finished the game with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists in his season debut. Although his timing was off, he expressed excitement about finally getting back on the court and felt good about the shots he took.
“He was good in stretches and you could tell he was a little bit rough in stretches,” said Suns coach Frank Vogel. “We’re playing him in a way that’s tough to get a rhythm. But I really love how he competed. We’re 1-0 with Bradley Beal in the lineup.”
This was the Suns’ first opportunity to see Beal in action since acquiring him in a trade with the Washington Wizards. Beal played in 50 games last season, averaging 23.2 points and 5.4 assists on 50.6% shooting.
Playing alongside superstar Kevin Durant for the first time, Beal’s ability to score at all three levels impressed Durant. “Brad going downhill is a problem,” Durant said. “As much as we can get him going downhill and setting him up in isolation, he will be great for us.”
While Beal’s return is a positive development for the Suns, they are still waiting for Devin Booker to return from a calf injury. Booker missed his third straight game but showed progress during a pre-game workout. Coach Vogel remains optimistic about the team’s chemistry once all the players are back on the court together.
“You never know how things are going to jell,” Vogel said. “But these guys are such good and complete players that I’m very optimistic it won’t take long for them to develop chemistry.”
With Beal back in the lineup and Booker nearing a return, the Suns are poised to become a formidable force in the league.