John Wall Plays Well for First Time Since All-Star Weekend

By Michael Terrill
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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been in a bad slump since All-Star weekend in which the point guard has failed to get anything going on offense or defense. However, Wall was able to break out of it in a loss to the New York Knicks.

Wall has been a bit of a locker room nuisance as he has complained about playing time and rarely takes the blame for when he does something wrong. For instance, he refused to admit to any mistakes when he turned the ball over seven times in Washington’s 96-95 loss against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

”I think it was great passes. I just think some of my teammates (didn’t) catch them, and some of them got tipped away,” Was said immediately after the game, ”so just got to deal with it.”

For someone who is expected to be the leader of the team, that was a bit sad. Considering he was shooting 29.6 percent from the field, including a 1-for-12 game, and turned the ball over at least six times in three of the five games heading into Friday night, he really has no room to lay the blame on anyone but himself.

The Wizards did not allow his comments to bother them though, as they understood he was simply frustrated with his own performance.

”There’s a lot of pride in this game, especially with the pressures of a point guard and a high-level point guard like John,” Martell Webster said. ”Being young and having that pressure, it can get to you sometimes.”

Wall redeemed himself Friday night against the Knicks, even though the Wizards came up short at the end. He recorded 16 points, six assists, three rebounds, three steals and one block while converting 42.9 percent of his field goal attempts and going a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line in 42 minutes.

It is good to see Wall get back on track, but it is critical that he builds off of this performance instead of letting it get to his head. Washington is most definitely out of playoff contention, but that does not mean the 22-year-old cannot develop a better chemistry with his teammates on the court.

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