9 July, 2014
John Wall drops a career-high 47 points to lift the Wizards past the Memphis Grizzlies 107-94
The understaffed Wizards defeated the playoff bound Memphis Grizzles 107-94 powered by a max-worthy performance from John Wall. Wall recorded a new career-high with 47 points on 22 shots, most points from a Wizards player Antawn Jamison scored 40 in 2007. He also set a career-high for free throws made (19) and attempted (24) in a game.
Great Wall of Fire: John Wall made a statement tonight with one of his most dominant performances as a pro. If you didn’t know why Wall was taken No.1 overall, you do now. He has embraced the challenge of taking ownership of the Wizards franchise. Most importantly, it’s apparent he has dedicated himself to taking his game to NBA star level. He put on a shooting clinic knocking down jumpers from all over the floor. He had 26 at halftime. He shot fifty percent from three point range. He also managed to slip in eight assists, seven rebounds, a block, and steal while only committing two turnovers. He flat out carried his team tonight. Out of nine available players, only three scored in double figures. Only one other had more than ten points. He silenced his critics and redeemed himself from his lapse in judgment vs. Golden State. Wall has to be a candidate for NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month. With chants of M-V-P, the fans here surely appreciate what he’s doing. Three words: BLOG COMING SOON!
PrOkafor: Emeka Okafor is PROFESSIONAL basketball player. All he does is go out and do his job. He has been the most consistent player on the team this year. He displayed that tonight with another solid outing 21 points and nine boards. He anchored a very active defense.
Winning Ways: The Wizards seem to becoming together as a team. An undisputed leader has been established. Everyone seems to be accepting their roles and executing. The Wizards are adopting a new attitude. We are seeing the fruits of the labor from the players and the coaches. Basketball is alive in DC.
Searching For Seraphin: I thought he may be the person to benefit the most from tonight’s skeleton crew. But in the last two games, he only scored eight points on 4 of 13 shots, and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes. He has a tendency to lose focus. Is there any coincidence his partner in crime missed the last two games. Look at his numbers from the Suns and Lakers games. He can’t miss him that much.
Scorers Wanted: The Wizards are in desperate need of another dependable scoring option. Can you imagine if the Wizards did make a move for James Harden with the way Wall has been playing lately? Wall is being forced to score because he understands that’s what’s needed. Bradley Beal is currently the top candidate to fill this position but he’s dealing with injuries. Martel Webster, Trevor Ariza, Nene? …. Everybody else on the roster scoring output is too sporadic. Think about this … John Wall scored 47 of his teams 101 points, almost half.
Really Papa? We can’t celebrate a great Wiz win with some half off Papa John’s tomorrow. What happened to the WIZ50 promo?
Truth About Jan: As much as I have been openly voicing my support for Jan, tonight I dropped my flag. Vesely is the odd man out. I get it. The fact that half your team, the water boy and several other team staff members have to be unable to play in order for you to get in means something. Jan is not progressing at the pace of his teammates. If anything would get Ernie fired, it would be the fact he drafted the only European player without a jumper with the 6th overall pick. SMH. I like the guy but this team clearly has something good going and he’s not apart of it. He’s either got to get on the train or get left on the platform.