John Wall may be finally validating why he thinks he’s a max player. Monday evening John Wall and the Washington Wizards beat the Memphis Grizzlies 107-94. Wall torched the Gasol-less Grizzlies for 47 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds, while making 19-24 from the free throw line.
''I was just in a zone. I made my first couple of shots and I knew I was in a great rhythm," Wall said. "Ten points in the first quarter, I knew I had it going.”
Head coach of the Washington Wizards, Randy Wittman said, “That was an incredible performance for him. We jumped on it and he carried us. It felt to me that it was all under control. All within our offense. All within what we were doing.”
After getting ejected from the last game with two technical fouls, Wall felt like he owed his team a win. ''I feel like I really let the team down,'' Wall said. ''I already had one technical and you've got to be smarter than that. We still had a chance to win that game. Right now, we're just trying to salvage the games we can win and finish the season strong, so I knew tonight I had to step up big.''
If Wall continues to play like he does and remains injury free, he will not only receive a max contract next year, but he may actually lead the lowly Wizards to the playoffs for the first time post-Arenas.