They are now 6-5 since John Wall returned to the lineup and that makes their record while he was out look silly at 5-28. There’s no telling if one player can make that big of a difference, but it seems like the Wizards were missing a valuable piece to their overall puzzle.
Wall has been solid since returning from injury, averaging 14.1 points, 6.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in his 11 games this season. In all but one of the losses that the Wizards have suffered since Wall has been back, the point guard has shot 45% or lower from the floor. The Wizards are 3-1 when he shoots over 45%, meaning only one thing– the Wizards go as he goes.
He may be the driving force for the rest of the season for this team. Against the 76ers on Jan. 30, Wall scored just nine points with six assists, five turnover and a 25% field goal percentage. He played his worst game since coming back from injury and the Wizards suffered mightily.
Wall failed to make plays time after time and after leading by two points early in the third quarter, the Wizards fell apart and ended up trailing by 14 just minutes later.
It seems like the more extended time that Wall plays, his fatigue becomes more of an issue. This team is 0-3 when Wall plays more than 30 minutes, which could be an issue because they are better with him on the floor.
As he gets closer to 100%, the fatigue won’t be an issue, but right now he is not in the shape that he is accustomed to being in. Give Wall time to recover, and the Wizards will see some improvement.