The first half looked like Beal attempting to see and raise Harden’s Costanza act to get out of Houston, only this time to get him out of D.C. It’s understandable that Beal might want out of an organization that has simply not put a relevant team together since the Carter administration. They are 4-12 this year and still headed the wrong way.

But Beal clearly didn’t have the gumption to go full turd, ending the game with 37 points. Most of us get up to the edge and look into the chasm of true latent insubordination, and don’t like the feeling of it staring back into us. Then again, Harden got exactly what he wanted out of jumping over the edge, didn’t he? Who’s the real one to follow?