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John Wall’s breakthrough playoff performance Tuesday against a team that had him momentarily questioning his talents has given the Wizards some faith they can complete the improbable comeback. Held in check for most of the playoffs, Wall scored 27 points on Tuesday. His 17 points in the third quarter not only singlehandedly outscored the Pacers but also surpassed his scoring total from each of the previous four games. “I just took advantage of all the shots I was getting through all the other four games, and I just thank God I was able to knock them down,” Wall said. “I knew that our season was on the line. Either our season is over or it’s not. I just wanted to come in totally locked in on both ends of the floor.” Washington Post

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Six teams played this past Tuesday, including the Wizards and Bulls along with the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. That afternoon and prior to those games, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling plus a push to have Sterling sell the franchise. If the punishment did not meet hopes and expectations, players in those games were prepared to boycott, according to reports. "No, I didn't talk to anybody from the Clippers. I wasn't thinking about sitting out," Wall said on Saturday following Washington's practice. CSNWashington.com

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Athletes often have special pre-game beverages. Coffee. Gatorade. Water with electrolytes. Something. John Wall? He drinks McDonald’s hot chocolate. “I’ve been doing this since I was little,” he said after Wizards practice on Thursday. “Even in the summer time when it be hot as hell, I’ll be still drinking it.” Specifically, he drinks two large-sized hot chocolates. Like, every day. Of the year. “I just like hot chocolate that much,” he explained. “It’s a habit. I have one before the game and one in the morning. If I don’t get one in the morning [on off days], I’ll at least get two after practice to go home.” Someone suggested that Wall adds extra sugar packets to the McDonald’s drink; “only like one or two,” he said. “Not too much. They make it extra chocolatey and stuff, so it’s good.” Washington Post

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John Wall finished with 24 points, Nene scored 20, and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round series in five games. Bradley Beal scored 17 points, and the fifth-seeded Wizards advanced in the postseason for just the third time since the 1970s. They will meet Indiana or Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It's a huge step for a franchise that hadn't been to the postseason since 2008, but with Wall and Beal leading the way, they won 44 games during the regular season. USA Today Sports

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According to one source, though, Thibodeau was concerned about Augustin’s defensive shortcomings being exposed, especially in the playoffs, when opposing coaches smell blood and attack. Sure enough, the Wizards’ guards seemed to go right after him down the stretch, whether it was John Wall, Bradley Beal or even 38-year-old Andre Miller, who scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter. Chicago Sun-Times

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Wall credited Calipari for getting another batch of freshmen to come together this past season, when No. 8 seed Kentucky reached the national championship game, losing to Connecticut. He said that even after picking the Wildcats to lose in the round of 32 before the tournament. So should Calipari return to the NBA head coaching ranks? "I think he'd be a great NBA coach," Wall told USA TODAY Sports. "But he loves Kentucky too much. The Big Blue Nation loves him back. ... It's kind of different (in the NBA) though. The NBA guys are going to do what they do they're playing for checks and stuff like that. He's great at getting young guys to buy in." USA Today Sports

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John Wall and Bradley Beal are both learning about the intensity and challenges of battling for postseason position and Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats was a struggle for the duo. Wall, the first-time all-star, and Beal, an invite for Team USA tryouts this summer, combined to miss 23 of 33 shots in the Wizards’ 94-88 overtime loss and Wittman didn’t hold back when asked to critique their performances. “When you don’t put effort in, you’re not going to have good showings. It just filters down,” Wittman said. “You can’t play with no energy or effort at one end of the floor and expect to turn it on at the other end of the floor. It doesn’t work that way. That’s been proven with these guys. It was almost like we were spinning our wheels in mud. We just didn’t come out with any enthusiasm. I don’t even know if they had a sweat broken at the jump ball.” Washington Post

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John Wall usually takes time after practice to put up some extra shots or do ballhandling drills, and then he heads to the training room for ice and treatment. The process usually leaves Wall as one of the last players to leave the locker room, an hour or so after the team breaks huddle. On Monday, Wall was among the first players to leave the practice court and emerged from the locker room about five minutes later in a Wizards sweat suit. As he hurriedly walked down the hallway, with a gold backpack and two huge boxes, Wall was asked how he felt about Kentucky advancing to the NCAA title game to face Connecticut. “I’m going,” Wall said, stopping to autograph a few posters. He then rushed to the airport to catch a flight to Dallas to watch his beloved Wildcats. Washington Post

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John Wall was perhaps the most attentive and engrossed, politely asking a group of reporters to move out of the way so he would have a better line of sight for the televisions. Wall is four years removed from his days at Kentucky, and failing to win a national championship is the only regret he has about leaving college after one season. “I wanted to stay. I really wanted to stay because my whole goal was to win a national championship,” Wall said. Leaving after one year “wasn’t my intention. You can’t beat going No. 1 anyway. You don’t want to risk injuries or anything like that coming back, so I decided to go.” Washington Post

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