With the third quarter quickly coming to a close in Sunday’s All-Star game, the Eastern Conference found themselves trailing the Western Conference by as many as 12 points. All of a sudden….boom John Wall did what he does best stripping a Western Conference All-Star and setting the defensive tone in a defenseless game. This steal was one of many ways Wall aided the Eastern Conference in their 163-155 comeback victory. Wall finished the contest with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals bringing to a wrap an extremely successful All-Star weekend.
Several players around the league raved at Wall’s play over the weekend and supported the Washington Wizards’ decision to resign Wall. Wall elevated his game during the festivities and left New Orleans a shining star.
Now, the focus level must increase as Washington begins their second half playoff push tonight against the Toronto Raptors. Washington holds the sixth best record in the Eastern Conference, and must continue to produce if the franchise hopes to make their first trip to the NBA playoffs since 2008. Washington will rely heavily upon Wall and 3-point contest runner-up, Bradley Beal, as the last 30 games of 2014 are completed. If the playoffs were to begin today, Washington would square off against the same team they are playing tonight, the Raptors.