It’s official. John Wall is back! According to the Washington Wizards official Twitter page, John Wall has “received full medical clearance and will make his season debut tomorrow night against the Atlanta Hawks.”
John Wall’s return has been long awaited, as Wall was originally scheduled to miss around 10 games the entire season. With 33 games already gone, the Wizards have fallen to 5-28, which is the worst record in the NBA. Like Nene, John Wall will obviously be playing on limited minutes until he gets back into shape. Wizards Head Coach, Randy Wittman, has been adamant about limiting Wall’s minutes in order to prevent other injuries from occurring.
Wall’s return has been teased during the past couple weeks, as Wall’s activity level in practice started to ramp up. His teammates seemed impressed with Wall, and said that he looked just as explosive as he did prior to his knee injury. Nene, above all, seems the most joyous about Wall’s return. It’s quite obvious Nene hates to lose, and regaining the Wizards star has made Nene a bit more optimistic about the season. When asked about John Wall after Friday’s practice, Nene went on to say with a smile on his face,
He’s like a little bull. The big men better watch out or they’ll be on a poster.
With John Wall in the lineup, the Wizards were ranked top 6 in pace, but have fallen to the middle of the pack. Washington’s offense has been stagnant, and consequently, the Wizards average the fewest points per game in the entire league. With the inability to create easy transition points, the Wizards are forced to run half court sets in which they’ve clearly struggled with.
It’s hard to contain my excitement for John Wall’s return. I cannot wait to see how much he has improved, and how well he’ll mesh with Bradley Beal. With Beal finally starting to find his stride, the Wizards may have the makings of a great back court for years to come.