As the guys over at Bullets Forever pointed out, there’s only so much John Wall could do.
One day removed after scoring a career high 47 points against the Memphis Grizzlies, John Wall and the Washington Wizards were scheduled to meet up against the second best basketball team in the NBA. With Nene, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza, Bradley Beal and A.J. Price all out due to injuries, John Wall was forced to carry the Wizards once again. Unlike Memphis, the Oklahoma City Thunder have a couple of superstars on their roster, making John Wall’s job ridiculously hard. With virtually no help, Oklahoma City could pressure John Wall without worrying about the supporting cast.
Despite shooting just 3 for 18 from the floor, I was still impressed by John Wall. Wall finished with 18 points and 12 assists, even though he was matched up against a couple of perennial All-Stars. Most importantly, Wall remained aggressive throughout the game, despite not getting his shot to fall. John Wall has earned the referees’ respect during his hot streak these past couple weeks, and as a result, Wall shot 15 free throws in Oklahoma City. Wall’s jump shot has obviously improved, so I like the fact that he kept shooting them, despite not getting them to fall.
It’s not the end of the world, folks.
Did John Wall struggle? Sure. Wall had a terrible shooting night, but still finished with 18 points and 12 assists. That’s an accomplishment, especially when virtually half of the roster was out.
Let’s not push the panic button, just because John Wall had somewhat of an off night against the second best basketball team in the world.