With tonight’s 90-86 victory against the Chicago Bulls, the Washington Wizards have won eight straight home games.
After missing four straight games, Nene made somewhat of an unexpected return to the Wizards starting lineup tonight. Nene struggled to defend Carlos Boozer early on, but he did what was necessary on the offensive end of the floor to secure a Washington victory. Nene is probably Washington’s best post player, which forced Chicago to contain him with extra defenders. Late in the fourth quarter, Nene made an excellent pass inside to Emeka Okafor which helped seal the deal. Nene is the most underrated passing big man in the league, and he never ceases to amaze me with his great court vision.
Martell Webster and Bradley Beal combined for 5 made field goals on 18 attempts. Both Beal and Webster have become a focal point in Washington’s offense, so when they struggle to knock down their shots, John Wall has to carry the offensive load. Not only did John Wall carry the team offensively, he completely dominated the game. Scoring 27 points along side 8 rebounds and 9 assists, John Wall flirted with a triple double all night long on the way to victory. John Wall was simply too fast for Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson tonight. Hinrich, who looked frustrated throughout the whole game, got ejected after committing multiple fouls trying to stop Wall. I would’ve liked to have seen Wall settle for less pull up jump shots, but he did a great job mixing it up on offense. At times, Wall took it to the basket at will overpowering his defender, but he also knocked down a plethora of perimeter shots. If John Wall continues to play like this, and I don’t see why he wouldn’t, he’ll definitely earn his inevitable max contract. Dominating the best defensive team in the league doesn’t happen often. It takes a special player to do what John Wall did tonight.
Overall, the Wizards had a good collective effort tonight. Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza did a great job in forcing Luol Deng to take contested jump shots, and held him to just 5/15 shooting. A.J. Price also knocked down a few clutch threes off the bench, which helped cover up for Beal’s struggles. Price finished the game with 13 points.
Let’s hope Washington carries this momentum over to Toronto tomorrow night. With tonight’s victory, the Wizards record with John Wall has improved to 23-18.