4/6/2013 - Verizon Center, Washington, DC
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The Wizards had a great start offensively, lead by John Wall who began the game shooting 7-for-8 for 15 points by the end of the 1st quarter and went psycho after that. He finished with 37 points, five assists and four rebounds. And mind you, this was all against the best defense in the NBA.
There were plenty of highlights from the 1st quarter alone as Wall first juked Roy Hibbert and then faked George Hill with a pretty behind the back for a layup after a breakaway steal. But Wall wasn’t done here. He blocked Roy Hibbert and Paul George on back to back possessions but unfortunately was called for a foul on the 2nd one.
Ladies and gentleman, the franchise of the Wizards has excited this fan base and media for next season.
John Wall. I mean, is there anybody else worthy of this prestigious award? Wall went for 37 points and made it look easy. He got the crowd on their feet on numerous occasions with his ankle-bruising crossovers and acrobatic shots.
Oh by the way, did you know...in his last seven games, John Wall has averaged 29 points, seven assists and six rebounds? To say he’s en fuego would be an understatement.
This performance was for everyone who didn’t vote him for NBA Player of the Month, which went to LeBron James (rightfully so). Wall is climbing up the ranks slowly but surely.
Watching Wall has been a pleasure so far. He is faster than any player I’ve seen in the league. And now we’re seeing how he’s learned to use that speed controllably and it’s scary just how his potential is oozing onto the court. His confidence level is rising and rising fast. Wall’s performance on a night where the 1978 Washington Bullets championship team was honored was indicative of the near future of this franchise.
Martell Webster was interviewed after the game and he was even astonished with Wall’s play.
“It’s extraordinary.....he's the maestro of this team, he leads us, we follow.”
Martell Webster: Martell had a so-so game finishing with 13 points, three assists and two rebounds. He’s gone through a slump as of late but his spirits remain high. Martell was pretty quiet statistically. He contributed wondrously with defense by shutting down Paul George, who finished with just 2 points on 0-for-8 shooting.
Paul George: It’s not everyday that an All-Star comes into the Verizon Center and goes home with only 2 points. George was being strapped down by the likes of Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster, and Garrett Temple. The Wizards knew that George was a threat from long distance so they made him drive unsuccessfully to the basket. Kudos to the Wizards defense.
1978 Washington Bullets Championship team--At halftime, the fans at the Verizon Center were treated with a special tribute to the 1978 Washington Bullets championship team. The Wizards commemorated the team that had brought the only NBA championship to Washington D.C. Head coach Dick Motta, Phil Chenier, Bob Dandrige, Elvin Hayes, and Wes Unseld, along with the rest of the team were introduced to the crowd, who gave them a standing ovation. The 1978 championship banner was also unveiled, hanging from the top rafters.
Roy Hibbert--The bad goes to Georgetown’s very own Roy Hibbert. He was making our bigs look bad defensively, especially Emeka Okafor (read below). Roy finished with a double-double, scoring 25 points to go along with 10 rebounds. The local product was the only Pacers player that was giving Washington trouble. If it wasn’t for Roy Hibbert, then the Wizards would have blown out the Pacers by a lot more than they already did.
Emeka Okafor and Paul George --It felt like every shot Big Mek took was at least 3 to 5 inches short. He didn’t finish around the basket like he usually does and missed 10 of his 13 shot attempts. Defensively, Okafor struggled against Roy Hibbert. Do you blame him? I mean, Hibbert is only 5 inches taller than him.
Paul George played like Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley, Charles Barkley, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy Bogues did after the MonStars (Aliens) stole their talents away. Yeah, it was that bad. Two points from an All-Star is not acceptable in any way, shape, or form. Again, kudos to the Wizards’ defense.