Washington Wizards Deeply Concerned With John Wall's Slump

By John Raffel
Photographer: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

John Wall has been struggling lately for the Washington Wizardsbut coach Randy Wittman said he’s not overly concerned.

Maybe he should be. The Wizards need Wall to be playing and to be playing well.

“He is going through a rough stretch,”Wittman said. “As I talked before the game, whether it’s a game, a stretch, two weeks, a week, 10 days, you got to fight through it. You can’t succumb to it. You can’t feel sorry for yourself. Not only John, but we feel sorry for ourselves sometimes instead of fighting through it. The game can easily change, as we saw tonight, by staying involved and staying and fighting through tough times.”

In the Wizards’ 96-95 loss Wednesday night to the Detroit Pistons, Wall, in 24 minutes of action, had six points and four assists.

Wall is averaging 13.7 points and 7.4 assists per game. He’s shooting around 40 percent. Prior to the 3-of-9 shooting clip against Detroit, he was 3-of-11 and 4-of-10 in previous games.

The Wizards, at 18-38, could be winning a few more games if Wall would be connecting. His failure to connect cost them a sure win against Detroit.

“Just not making shots,  that’s all I can say,” Wall said. “I’m just trying to play basketball and do my best to help my team win.”

But he had four turnovers early in the game, which isn’t exactly helping his team win.

“I think those were great passes,” Wall said. “Some of my teammates aren’t catching them, some of them got tipped away. Just got to deal with it.”

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