John Wall, welcome to the NBA


The first time John Wall came around a high pick in the NBA — just seconds into the opening game against Orlando Thursday — he had plenty of room.

Jameer Nelson had gone under the pick. Way under. We’re going to dare you to take that uncontested jumper under. So Wall did — and he missed.

Welcome to the NBA, Wall. You’re going to be good, but your mama warned you this wasn’t going to be easy.

Wall was given the outside shot — called the “Rajon Rondo treatment” — all night long. Wall finished with 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting. But if you take away the five times he got to the rim for a dunk or a layup out of the equation, he was 2-of-14 shooting. And when he did want to drive there was Dwight Howard waiting for him in the paint.

This was not a fair fight. Washington is a young and just thrown together team that had to take on a title contender with a lot of veterans that can hit the ground running.

Wall also had a team that seemed disinterested or intimidated (take your pick). The Wizards did not get out and run their way to easy baskets, their defense was lethargic. At best.

Wall, to his credit, kept scrapping. But this was a splash of cold water on the face of the Wizards and Wall, a reminder that despite all the hope and hype they are a long, long, long way from where they want to be.

You’re not in Kentucky anymore.

Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

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MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Jared Sullinger added 14 points, as did Avery Bradley, who also had four three-pointers, while David Lee weighed in with 13 as well as seven rebounds and three assists.

Alessandro Gentile – who is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets, who hold NBA rights to the 22-year-old – top scored for Milano, with 19 points.

Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.