John Wall wins Eastern Conference player of the week

November 25, 2013

Everything is okay. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

John Wall couldn’t have been more dejected and flustered this season than after the Wizards lost in overtime to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 16. Wall had just been upstaged at home by Kyrie Irving was stuck in a horrendous shooting slump.

A few days later, Wall admitted that he had a “terrible” performance and vowed to play better. Wall has since backed up his words with his actions.

The NBA announced on Monday that Wall has been named Eastern Conference player of the week after averaging 24.3 points, 8.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals and leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record. He also shot 36 of 72 (50 percent) from the field and 22 of 25 (88 percent) from the foul line.

Wall had back-to-back double doubles, then posted back-to-back 30-point games for the first time in his career to win the award for the second time in career.

He led the Wizards to a 104-100 win over Minnesota with 14 points and a career-high tying 16 assists, with only one turnover. Wall is the last player in the league to have a 16-assist, no-turnover game after accomplishing the same feat against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 22.

The next night, Wall had 15 points, 10 assists and four steals in a 98-91 victory against Irving’s Cavaliers. He then scored a season-high 37 points in a loss in Toronto and followed up by scoring 31 points in a 98-89 win over the New York Knicks. Wall is the first Wizard to score at least 30 points on consecutive nights since Antawn Jamison had games of 30 points and 41 points on Nov. 23-24, 2007.

Wall is averaging 18.6 points and ranks second in the NBA at 8.9 assists this season. He also won conference player of the week honors on March 18.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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