The last time the Washington Wizards were over .500, their star point guard John Wall was still playing for Kentucky. However, after an upset victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night by a score of 100-90, the Wizards moved to 24-23 on the 2013-14 NBA season, the first time that they’ve been over .500 since the 2009-10 season.
During the final minute of the game when Wall was at the foul line, the crowd in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. began audibly chanting “MVP” as the point guard led the way in the victory by putting up 22 points, five assist, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks while shooting 7-15 from the floor, 2-4 from three, and hitting all six of his attempts from the foul line.
While “Wall for MVP” is a bit of a stretch, he’s been the most consistent performer for the Wizards this season on their quest to get on the winning side of the NBA. He may have not been voted as an All-Star starter as a fan, but he’s fully deserving of his All-Star selection.
As for the Wizards, this team hasn’t been doing it pretty, but they’ve been getting the job done relatively well as of late. Washington has now won four of their last six contests and seven of their last 11 to get to where they currently are.
The Wizards came into the season with the expectations of being a near-lock to make the postseason. Early on, that didn’t much look like a possibility, but things have taken form lately and the Wizards are now firmly in the playoff race in the East. They’ll need to get consistent performance from their bench going forward and need their role players to step up and help Wall consistently, but this team looks like they’re poised to only get further above .500.