John Wall has struggled to make shots in the NBA Playoffs and his struggles unfortunately continued last night against the Indiana Pacers where he made just two of his thirteen shot attempts. When Wall struggles offensively, Washington tends to have a tough time scoring the ball, and it obviously doesn’t help when the rest of the “scorers” on the team are having a difficult time making shots as well.
Wall has done a great job at managing the game, but he’s often times passed up on shot opportunities in order to get his teammates going, and while that’s worked in the playoffs, his shot selection has to improve. Last night, Wall passed up on plenty of shots at the basket, just to kick the ball out to the other wing players, which failed to hit shots. For the most part, Wall was setting his teammates up for good looks from deep, but when they’re not hitting, he has to get involved by scoring the ball. He’s settled for way too many jump shots, which is surprising since he’s gotten to the basket with ease against the Pacers. Washington lost a very winnable game last night, but John Wall recognized his struggles after the contest and essentially took the blame for the loss.
I didn’t play great. I feel like I lost the game for my team,” said Wall, who has shot 32.7 percent (34 of 104 ) in seven postseason games. “The criticism is going to be on me if we win or lose, and I take the blame. That’s what I’m supposed to do as a point guard.
The Wizards will go as far as John Wall could take them, and with that said, he has to start making shots. Washington will return home tomorrow night for Game 3, and Wall will have a chance to bounce back at the Verizon Center. If the energy at the Phone Booth is anything like it was against the Chicago Bulls in the first round, then John Wall will certainly be able to feed off the crowd. He’s due for a big game and it just might come tomorrow.