John Wall records season-high 7 steals in Wizards victory over the Cavaliers
Somehow, someway, the Washington Wizards have won 5 basketball games in a row. After only winning 14 games in their first 60 tries, in their last 5 games the Wizards have been able to defeat the Chicago Bulls (best record in the Eastern Conference) the Miami Heat (second best record in the Eastern Conference) and now last night the Cleveland Cavaliers (they suck). Normally I would be excited, but I just don’t understand why they are doing this.
If I was playing a pickup game at a park, and suddenly Anthony Davis showed up alone and called next, you bet your bottom dollar I would tank the game in hopes that out of the 5 people on my losing team, I would be one of the 4 picked to play with Anthony Davis in the next game, where we would dominate opposing teams with our brutal pick-and-pop game (that actually felt real for a second).
I realize at this point they have secured the 2nd worst record in the NBA with the regular season ending tomorrow night, but it wasn’t secured when this winning streak started. If the Hornets hadn’t been able to beat the Knicks, or if the Kings hadn’t been able to beat the Trail Blazers, it’s possible the Wizards could have dropped in the draft. When your team is as bad as the Wizards have been this season, and you have an opportunity to possibly land a super-talent like Anthony Davis, you’re supposed to want to lose games at the end of the year.
Obviously for John Wall and company, which includes former Kentucky Wildcat Joe Crawford’s brother, Jordan Crawford, they just don’t like losing. As a basketball player myself, I can completely understand that. As a die-hard UK basketball fan who desperately wants to watch John Wall throw an alley-oop over Russell Westbrook’s outsretched arms to a cutting Anthony Davis for the huge dunk right in Kevin Durant’s face, it makes no sense at all.
John Wall Notes
During the Wizards 5-game winning streak, John Wall has averaged 16.0 ppg, 11.0 apg, 4.6 rpg and 2.4 spg. He’s had 10+ assists in 4 straight games, the longest such streak of his career, and last night he had a career-high 7 steals.
Here are some highlights from last night:
Watch John Wall get 7 steals in 41 seconds (quality isn’t great)
Watch John Wall’s amazing behind-the-back assist to Jan Vesely for the slam.
Editor’s Note: I realize that last night I was featured on a post written by Matt Jones on KentuckySportsRadio.com (which caused my wife and I to run up and down the streets of our neighborhood screaming) but I’m going to try and keep it business as usual today. It’s what got me this far.