Coming into the game, we all knew John Wall was too big, too skilled and too fast for any New York Knicks guard. Without Tyson Chandler, who’s sidelined with a fractured fibula, John Wall was able to get whatever he wanted from the Knicks. He dazzled the Verizon Center crowd that was filled with Knicks fan en route to a great victory for the improved Wizards.
Take a look at his shot chart from last night and the variety of different ways he scored before leading his team to victory:
Wall struggled to make shots prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, where he scored a game high 37 points but failed to pick up the ‘W’. Even though Wall is vastly superior to Beno Udrih, or any Knicks guard for that matter, fatigue could have held John Wall back given that it was his second game of a back-to-back, but needless to say, Wall did his best to replicate his awesome performance in Toronto.
He scored 12 of his 31 points in the first quarter and from the point on it became obvious that the Knicks had no answer for Wall. Once they began to collapse on his drives, Wall stopped and popped from the mid range area where he scored a number of times. After last night’s victory against the Knicks, Randy Wittman spoke about wanting John Wall to assert himself early in order to open the floor up to his teammates. John Wall’s early penetration caused New York’s defense to collapse, leaving either Bradley Beal or Martell Webster wide open for three.
John Wall has done a great job running Washington’s offense and he continued doing so last night, but in a different way. Instead of solely focusing on getting his teammates involved, John Wall opened the game up by scoring the ball. I think we may be witnessing Wall finally shaping into the point guard we all knew he could become.