Since the All-Star break John Wall is shooting 36.2 percent overall, 14.3 percent from three. He is taking on more of the offense in this time, and his turnovers are up while his assists are down. His defense is nowhere near as good as it was.
It’s been clear for a while something was wrong. And as he has stumbled, so have the Wizards, who have gone 2-8 in their last 10.
Wall admitted he’s not feeling right on Monday, while at the same saying that his teammates are leaning on him to create the offense. Here were his comments, via J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.
“Beat up,” Wall said, with a smile, when asked how he felt. “Beat up….
“My teammates rely on me to do so much,” Wall said after Saturday’s 91-85 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks when he shot 3-for-14. “Got to find a way to get (my) legs back, get some energy back. Coming back from All-Star break I haven’t been nowhere near myself how I played the first half of the season.”
At least he’s admitting it.
Wall needs some rest but doesn’t want to take games off. After their stumbles Wizards and are now just 1.5 games ahead of the six-seed Bucks, Wall wants to stay ahead of them. He doesn’t want to make Washington’s playoff run any harder.
The problem is simply that the Wizards need to get Wall healthy — physically and mentally — before the playoff start, or their stay will short. Very short.