He has won Eastern Conference rookie of the month honors again, and he came within two assists of his second career triple-double in a win against Minnesota, but the real proof that John Wall is starting to regain his pre-injury form came near the end of the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons.
Jason Maxiell made two free throws, Wall took an inbounds pass and sprinted up the court for a layup before the Pistons could even set up their defense. Wall went from one end of the floor to the other in just six seconds.
"I think I'm getting my step back a little better than I had before," said Wall, who has been playing better basketball since losing nearly 11 pounds in the past month. Wall has scored in double figures in nine of his past 10 games, averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 assists over that stretch.
He had a game-high 24 points with seven assists in the Wizards' 113-102 loss, but proved to be resourceful, as he overcame a poor shooting night early on by repeatedly pushing the tempo and getting to the foul line. "He had a good game," fellow rookie and Georgetown alum Greg Monroe said. "Obviously his athleticism; his speed. He showcased all that."
Wall made a career-high 12 free throws on 13 attempts, getting off to a good start when he coerced Ben Gordon into fouling him on a three-pointer in the first quarter. But Wall was aggressive, as he responded to Rodney Stuckey attacking him, by going right back at him. "Coach Z [Don Zierden] just said, 'Attack. Push it every chance you get.' And Coach Witt [Randy Wittman] did, too. I think I just did a good job of getting in the lane and finding seams. I'm lucky I made free throws; that was the main thing."
FROM THE POST
Here is the game story from yesterday's contest.
Flip Saunders talked about the dissension in Detroit.
For Sunday's newspaper, columnist Jason Reid wrote that although he's convinced the Wizards made the right choice, he's worried about rookie John Wall.
Here's another look at Trevor Booker's putback dunks from Saturday's win over Minnesota (DC Sports Bog).
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After the Heat's loss to the Bulls on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski weighs in on the LeBron James-Dwyane Wade partnership (Yahoo!Sports).
Billy Witz says the Lakers played like champs but acted like chumps in Sunday's dismantling of the Spurs (FOXSports.com).
Chris Paul suffered a concussion during the Hornets' win over Cleveland (nola.com).