John Wall led the Washington Wizards to an impressive 107-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night at Verizon Center. Wall scored a career-high 47 points and added eight assists to go along with seven rebounds to lead the undermanned Wizards their sixth straight home win. Wall shot 13 of 22 from the field and made a career-high 19 free throws on 24 attempts.
The Wiz played without Bradley Beal (sprained left ankle), A.J. Price (groin) and Trevor Ariza (flu), Wizards coach Randy Wittman announced before the game that both Nene (sore right knee) and Martell Webster (abdomen strain) would also be out.
It appears that Wall’s taking that step in his development from being very good to joining the NBA’s elite players right before our eyes. Look at his recent play and the competition he’s doing it against. His performance against the L.A. Lakers the other night is proof that he’s got what it takes to lead a franchise where they want to go.
That Lakers game was on the road and the Wiz found themselves trailing by 16 points at halftime, but John Wall put the team on his back and they battled back to win the game. That was a huge win over a Lakers team that is locked in a doghfight in the Western Conference playoff race.
It’s a shame the team had such a tough start to this season because I believe they are a legitimate playoff contender. But that 4-28 start is just to big of a hole for them to overcome. The Wiz have the fifth best record (21-16) in the Eastern Conference since Wall returned to the lineup.