Wizards Insider: John Wall out against Boston?
John Wall traveled with the Wizards to Boston after their 109-94 win over Toronto, but it appears unlikely that he will test his sprained left foot against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
Wall missed the Wizards' most complete game of the season, as they beat the Raptors in rebounding, held them to just 40.7 percent shooting and got five players to score in double figures. "It was good to see our team get a win last night...Got a tough one tonight," Wall wrote on his Twitter account.
When someone replied to Wall and asked if the No. 1 overall pick would be good to go tonight, Wall replied, "naw."
Wall is still listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision against the Celtics, who have the best record in the Eastern Conference and feature the league's leading assist man and fellow Kentucky alum, Rajon Rondo. Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said he is familiar with Wall after watching him at Kentucky last season and playing against his son, Austin, this summer in Los Angeles.
"He's fantastic," Rivers told reporters in Boston on Tuesday, then joined Atlanta Coach Larry Drew in comparing Wall to former NBA player Ricky Green. "He reminds me of that speed, end to end, we haven't seen that before. Quickness, a lot of guards are as quick. But from one end of the floor to the other with the live dribble, I don't think we've seen that before. It's pretty fantastic to watch, scary to prepare for."
If Wall is forced to miss his second consecutive game, the Wizards would likely need some repeat performances from the backcourt trio of Gilbert Arenas, Nick Young and Kirk Hinrich, who combined to score 53 points with 18 assists and 17 rebounds.
Arenas has scored 50 points on 18 of 36 shooting in his past two games against Chicago and Toronto, a significant turnaround from his previous two games against Houston and Charlotte, when he scored 10 points on 3 of 21 shooting. "Getting my legs under me, shots are falling," he explained after the game. "We all know it was there, it just wasn't falling. Shots falling, getting confidence back."
Young matched his season-high with 20 points against the Raptors. He has been shooting the ball well in his past three games, connecting on 54.8 percent of his shots (17 for 31) and scoring 40 points combined. "Hopefully, I continue to do the things I've been doing and continue to get the same minutes," Young said. "In order to be consistent, you've got to have consistent minutes. I've been doing this for a long time. I'm just getting my confidence right. I've been doing this in practice and he's been telling me to play game."
In his past two games, Young has also had 11 rebounds, which -- aside from Wall's injury -- has probably contributed to his increased playing time. "You know my mindset is right," he said. "I played the forward at USC, so I'm used to getting rebounds. I kind of lost track of that coming into the league. I'm learning more on how to get rebounds and help the big men out."
The Wizards probably won't make a decision on Wall until they arrive at the arena, but Arenas said it shouldn't be a problem getting him back in the mix. "We've played a lot this summer, so we've all been adjusting to each other's roles -- me, Kirk and John , all at the one, two, three at the same time. We all have a feel for each other. So, when he comes back, we'll all know what we're doing."