Washington Wizards Rumors
Chris Broussard: (Bradley Beal) and Wall are different people. They don’t get along. It’s not like they are going to have a fight, but they don’t like each other. I’ve just been told point-blank that they don’t like each other. Tomas Satoransky: I don’t play the point that much and it’s hard. Playing the three and the two, that’s not my game.
No matter how bad a loss has been, or how listless the Wizards were in a game like the one they lost Tuesday to the Orlando Magic, John Wall waits. In previous years, Garrett Temple, Paul Pierce and Ramon Sessions, to name a few, would join him if their time was requested by the media following a performance like this one — giving up 124 points in regulation to one of the NBA’s worst offensive teams. Now the last guy standing is Wall, who at $80 million on a five-year contract is one of the best contracts just three years after it was widely questioned if he deserved it or not.
During a 41-41 record last season, Beal began disappearing after games like this after previously staying put. The $128 million max contract he signed this summer isn’t enough to force him to stick around. Marcin Gortat, who at 32 is the oldest player, won’t do it, either. He’s afraid of saying something that could get him in the crosshairs of coach Scott Brooks.
By the time Wall exited, less than an hour after his teammates had cleared out and he was finished with his standard treatment in the trainer’s room, he was told that he was the only Wizards player to talk postgame upon request. “Just me?” Wall asked while still managing to smile. “Just doing my job.”
Matt Moore: Otto Porter (?!) is averaging 15-8 with two steals, shooting 54% from the field and 41% from 3-point range. Zach Lowe: Two front office execs in last 24 hours predicted to me he’s getting a max. He’s been really good.
Soon after, a close game at 53-48 grew into a 66-51 deficit for the Wizards at halftime. He returned with a vengeance in the third quarter when he had four steals and scored 12 of his 16 points. “He let the game bother him. You got to play with great passion and intensity. If calls go your way, great. If they don’t you have no control of that,” said coach Scott Brooks, who has seen his starting power forward ejected recently after perceived quick whistles on him from game officials. “You have control over your emotions. We have to make sure he’s locked in. We need him on the court. We can’t have him get thrown out.”