John Wall Says Wizards Are 'Playing For Stats' Against Sub-.500 Teams

Lester Mason
December 30, 2017

For a team that has had a problem finishing games this season - The Hawks are now 9-25 overall and 6-11 at home this season- the past two fourth quarters have been quite the Christmas and Kwanzaa presents.

The Wizards are now 19-16 on the season but could be so much better.

The Washington Wizards had it handed to them by one of the worst teams in the NBA Wednesday night, losing to the Atlanta Hawks, 113-99.

Washington shot 36.6 percent from the floor and got a total of 14 points from the star backcourt duo of Bradley Beal and John Wall in a 119-84 loss at Brooklyn on Friday but shot 54.7 percent in a 130-103 win over the Orlando Magic the next night before using a late 12-0 run to skip past the host Celtics in a 111-103 win on Monday. Per ESPN, that's more losses against sub-.500 teams than they had all of last season. The Hawks own the fewest wins in the league but one of those came last time out, when point guard Dennis Schroder came back from an ankle injury and scored 33 points.

"We talk about it. We say when we play these teams that are not above.500 or not one of the great teams, we go out there playing for stats", John Wall said. We had every reason in our mind to come out and play with energy and play with focus, the right way.

"We say it all in the locker room". That's something that we should know by now. "We just got to find a better job of providing and keeping it away". "Sometimes even myself included", Beal said. Two or three passes on one side of the floor versus moving on both sides of the floor. Example? Even though John Wall is averaging almost 8.9 assists per game alone, the Wizards are only averaging a meager 22.6 assists per game as a team. That's something that we should know by now. We got to do a better job of creating, putting the ball on the floor and moving it. "We fall into that trap every single time".

Beal said, "plain and simple", the problem was the Wizards were being too selfish - on both ends of the floor.

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