Charron Elliott: Louisville, Kentucky
Wall’s No. 2 May Have a Deeper Meaning
Let’s be honest love him or hate him, we all know LeBron James is the best player in the Eastern conference and for most people who aren’t biased he’s still the best player in the NBA! Okay, now that we have gotten that out-of-the-way, can we take a moment to think about who is the second best player in the East after King James? Kyrie Irving (LeBron’s teammate) , Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), DeMarr DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), or Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics)? How about none of the above but instead the four-time All-Star point guard for the Washington Wizards, John Wall!
Last night Wall bounced back from a brutal first half in which he scored just three points, to finishing the game with 26 points and making this incredible three-point shot to give Washington a 92-91 win over Boston in game six of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. He also had eight assists and two blocks, including one late in fourth quarter against Thomas.
Overall in the playoffs John Wall has the fourth highest scoring average (28.8 ppg.) and leads all players this post season in assists per game (11.1 ). His efficiency rating has been 27.6, which is ironically second in the East among the three teams remaining in the playoffs. Beyond the numbers, his desire to win is what stands out to me as he stated, “I am not going out without a fight, if I go 0 for 30, I am willing to lose like that, I got too much heart,” in a post game interview Friday night.
Often times these NBA Playoff games come down to who wants it more and even though John Wall shot just 8-of-24 from the field before knocking down the final field goal in game six, his confidence and willingness to make plays on both offensively and defensively plays in crunch time to win are ultimately why I think he is the second best player in the Eastern Conference of the NBA.
With that being said, the road to the Conference Finals isn’t over for John Wall and the Wizards, as they will have to defeat the Celtics on the road in Boston’s TD Garden. The Wizards are 0-3 thus far in the series in games away from the Verizon Center, losing on average by nearly 15 points to the C’s. It will be up to John Wall to rise up once again on Monday night and continue to prove why he’s second best player in the East and the most talented player in this series. If he does that he would lead the Wizards to their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 1979, when they were then known as the Washington Bullets.