In The Scrum With John Wall

Washington Wizards star guard John Wall has been on fire as of late. After scoring 37 points to lead the Wizards to a 104-85 over the Indiana Pacers, Wall talked about his confidence and some of the emotion he shows while he’s on the court. Wall believes “When you’re feeling good, you’re playing good”  and it showed tonight as he went 16-25 from the field.

 

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Post Game: Randy Wittman

I managed to catch Washington Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman’s post game press conference after the team’s win over the Indiana Pacers. Coach Wittman talked about the teams game plan and aggressiveness against Paul George and David West. Specifically the defense on George, holding the first time All-Star to 0-8 from the field with only two points. The Wizards also honored members of the 1977-1978 Bullets, the lone championship team in Washington’s basketball history, at halftime. Wittman also believes his team ‘played with a chip on their shoulder’ because they did not want to let the former champions down.

 

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Wall Eastern Conference Player Of The Week

Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been named Eastern Conference player of the week for games played Monday, March 11 through Sunday, March 17. Other candidates for the award included Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, as well as the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford.

This marks the first time Wall has received such an honor in his three years since being drafted number one overall in 2010. Wall is the Wizards first conference player of the week since Antawn Jamison won it in March 2008.

The team managed a 3-1 week with wins against coming against Phoenix, New Orleans, and Milwaukee. Wall himself said he was surprised he received the award over fellow nominees James and Wade, due to the fact that the Miami Heat are on a historical win streak and Washington lost to Cleveland without Kyrie Irving.

In January, Wall went from Reebok to Adidas ending his run with the company who signed him to an endorsement deal directly out of college. On March 7, 2013, with Wall in town to play the Nets, Adidas launched his first shoe, the ‘adiPure CrazyQuick’ in New York.

Wall seems to like his new shoes a great deal as he followed their release with arguably the best week of his professional career.

Over the week Wall averaged 24 points, 11 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals, with three double-doubles. He registered a season highs in assists and points, dishing out 14 dimes against the Cavaliers and scoring 29 points against the Hornets.

But what is most surprising about Wall’s play of late is his shooting percentage. The third year guard shot 61.7 percent from the field for the week, ranking sixth in the Eastern Conference. Prior to that, he was only converting 41.4 percent of his field goals, 2 of 18 from three point range.

Recently, Wall said he wants to start taking more three point shots from the corners and last week they began to fall. Wall made 4 of 5 three-point attempts as he continues to shoot from the perimeter with confidence.

The Wizards are 18-14 since Wall joined the lineup and seem to be a completely different team than the one which managed to lose 12 straight to start the season.

In The Scrum With John Wall

I caught up with Washington Wizards Point Guard John Wall following the 90-87 verses the Philadelphia 76ers. After struggling early, Wall came up big in the second half. With about two minutes left and the game on the line, rookie guard Bradley Beal went down with what looked to be a serious injury. It was at this moment where Wall took over the game, he hit two clutch free throws and a jumper in the closing seconds to seal the deal. Wall also held his own on the defensive end limiting first time All Star Jrue Holiday to only four made field goals on nineteen attempts.

 

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In The Scrum With Bradley Beal

I caught up with Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal after their 90-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Beal was a key contributor in the game but was not able to finish due to a sprained ankle late in the fourth quarter. The talented guard doesn’t think his injury is very serious and hopes not to miss much time. Beal finished with 14 points before being carried off the court by teammates.

 

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Post Game: Randy Wittman

Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman addressed the media following the team’s 90-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The coach talked about his young players stepping up in crunch time, John Wall especially. Wittman also answered a few questions about Bradley Beal’s injury. The Wizards have won eight of their last twelve games and eleven of their last fifteen at home.

 

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Beal Appeal: Unsung Hero of Wall’s Return

Since John Wall’s return to the Wizards lineup, the team has gained the confidence needed to turn their season around–a  season that a few weeks ago was the biggest laughing stock of the league. Laden with first round draft choices and overpaid vets, the Wizards seemed a lost cause with no potential to grow.

Due to a rash of injuries to almost every member of the starting roster, lesser known players were forced to step up.

That includes Wizards 2012 top draft pick Bradley Beal. Beal has answered the bell in big way.  He’s learned to adjust on the fly and his game reflects it. He was has stepped into the starting lineup and plays more minutes. Scoring has dramatically increased for the 19-year-old rookie out of Florida.

Beal appears to have found his comfort zone, and with Wall alongside of him, is a dominant player who can take over a game offensively while holding his own on the defensive end. Beal was sidelined for five games with a wrist injury suffered after a hard fall against the Nuggets in Denver. In the second game after his return, Beal came off the bench and set a new career high with a 28-point effort against the Bucks.

The first game following the All-Star break Beal returned to the starting lineup and lead all scorers with 25 points.

Beal has brought the threat of a consistent outside shot to the Wizards, helping create more space for Wall to operate. Beal and Wall complement each other almost perfectly and stress defenses in a variety of ways.

Beal’s being rewarded for his play, selected by Charles Barkley to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend. There, “Team Chuck” defeated team “Team Shaq” by an impressive margin. Beal started the game, played 22 minutes, and finished with 12 points.

Beal also received the honor of being named the Eastern Conference NBA Rookie of the Month for his play in both December and January. Beal is now the second player in franchise history to win the award more than once, John Wall being the first. In January, Beal became the first rookie, since Stephen Curry in 2010, to make at least 50% of his three point attempts over an entire calender month.

Friday night Wall and Beal helped lead the Wizards to their second win against the Denver Nuggets, each registering a double-double. Wall finished with 14 points, 10 assists, and 3 blocks—tying a career high—while Beal came away with the second double-double of his young career, scoring 17 points and pulling down 12 rebounds.

The team’s reunion of projected starters back on the floor has elevated their level of play. It’s no coincidence Wall’s health and the improvements in his teammates’ numbers coincide.

As new rotations gained chemistry, Jordan Crawford’s playing time diminished. Crawford, arguably the team’s most valuable player in the absence of many key personnel, found his new role difficult to accept. The shooting guard’s attitude was a distraction and the Wizards were all but forced to move him before the trade deadline. The Wizards couldn’t get much in return for Crawford: marginal cap space. This is yet another instance of the Wizards trading away a promising young player—once hoped to be a core piece of the team’s future—as a result of the player’s public displeasure with team management.

Wall has solidified himself as the unquestioned leader of this team on and off the court. Beal is becoming the player the Wizards hoped for when they selected him at number three overall in the draft. Shooters like Martell Webster have noticed an increase in open looks and shooting percentages, and a healthy Nene has been a revelation for Emeka Okafor’s play.

Because the Wizards started the season so poorly, playoffs seem to be out of the question. But, this team has proven they can compete with the elite on any given night.

In The Scrum With Tyson Chandler

I managed to catch up with New York Knicks All-Star center Tyson Chandler after Wednesday’s game against the Washington Wizards. The Knicks loss snapped a five game win streak and a ten game streak over the Wizards. Chandler feels as though all of his teammates weren’t giving a full effort and that the team felt that they could just “show up and win.” This game also ended a personal streak of three consecutive games with twenty rebounds, tying a team record previously set by Willis Reed.

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In The Scrum With Carmelo Anthony

Following the New York Knicks 106-96 loss to the Washington Wizards, I caught up with Carmelo Anthony as he spoke with the media. Anthony finished the game with 31 points and 9 rebounds but could not will his team to win against the Wizards for the first time this season. He spoke about the Wizards strategy down the stretch and how John Wall’s return has helped make them harder to defend. Anthony also felt as though his team may have overlooked the Wizards going into the game but believes they will refocus and continue preparing themselves for a postseason run.

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Post Game: Mike Woodson

Mike Woodson’s New York Knicks took a tough loss to the Washington Wizards Wednesday night 106-96. This loss snapped the Knicks’ five game win streak and ten game win streak over the Wizards. The Knicks hadn’t lost to the Wizards since January 30, 2010. In their prior match up at Madison Square Garden the Wizards, still without John Wall at the time, fell to the Knicks 108-87. Woodson seemed to feel as though his team took the Wizards lightly tonight, possibly looking past this game in anticipation of a upcoming match up verses a contending team.

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Catching Up With DeAndre Jordan

I was able to catch up with the Los Angeles Clippers’ talented Center DeAndre Jordan following their 90-98 loss to the Wizards. Jordan, who set a new career high with 22 rebounds, talked about what prevented his team from winning the game. He also speculated on what could be the cause for his team’s three game losing streak to start their road trip. With several key players unavailable, Jordan assessed a few of his teammates performances as they filled in for the usual starters. Also, he talked about All-Star Weekend, who he would like to see participate, and who he believes should have been invited.

 

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In The Scrum With Eric Bledsoe

Clippers PG Eric Bledsoe spoke with the media after Monday’s loss to the Washington Wizards. With multiple key contributors out of the lineup, Bledsoe knew his teammates had to step up. The blossoming third year guard talked about what hurt his team down the stretch. Bledsoe also discussed what it’s like playing against his good friend from college, John Wall.

 

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Post Game: Randy Wittman

Following the Wizards 98-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, I managed to catch Randy Wittman’s post game press conference. Coach Wittman talked about his teams consistency, recent improvements, and what he’s been telling the team to motivate them before each game. The Wizards have won six of their last seven home games and have now defeated four division winners.

 

 

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In The Scrum With Jameer Nelson

Jameer Nelson spoke with media members following the Orlando Magic’s 91-120 loss to the Washington Wizards. Obviously disappointed in the game’s outcome, Nelson gave his opinion on what hurt his team tonight and how they can correct these issues from here on. The veteran point guard finished with great individual numbers, 19 points and 12 assists. The Magic will now turn their sites on the Indiana Pacers as they head home for a three game home stand.

 

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In The Scrum With John Wall

Wizards PG John Wall’s second game resulted in the another win. The team’s third straight win at home and second consecutive win over the Orlando Magic, a 120-91 win vs Magic. The Wizards are now 2-1 against the Magic this year but more importantly, they feel as though they’re beginning to gel. Wall’s return has given these players more confidence than they’ve had at any point this season. After scoring twelve points and handing out six assists, Wall talked with the media about his value to the team and what can be expected moving forward.

 

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