The Washington Wizards opened up their 2017 NBA playoff campaign against the Atlanta Hawks by doing what everyone expected. They walked away with a somewhat convincing win in a game that was still fairly close. While the Hawks gave the Wizards a bit of trouble in the first half, the Wizards outscored them by 10 in the second half to pull away and grab a 1-0 lead in the series.
A large part of why the Wizards were able to find success and get the job done in Game 1, was because of the exceptional play from superstar point guard John Wall. For Wall, he has plenty of playoff experience, but he came out looking like a man determined to carry the Wizards through this game if he needed to. While Wall did, fortunately, get plenty of help, as the Wizards had six players score in double figures, he was still the star of the night, and probably of the entire slate of games for the day.
His final stat line featured 32 points, 14 assists and four rebounds. To go along with that, he only turned the ball over three times in 37 minutes and hit on 50 percent of his field goal attempts also. Basically, Wall was a Wizard with the ball in this game and proved that he’s going to be a force as these playoffs roll on. As you can imagine, Hawks fans got a bit tired of seeing Wall dominate, and the team’s official Twitter even joked about how superb he was.
The tweet was hilarious and perfectly timed also. As the NBA world watched Wall put on a show and Hawks fans were left scratching their heads, the team’s Twitter simply said what everyone in the world was thinking at the time.
Now, it’s time to see if the Hawks can bounce back and figure out a way to slow down Wall, or if the point guard will continue to run wild through the opening round. If Wall puts on performances like this in each game, it’s going to be hard for any team, including the Hawks, to knock them out of the postseason.
Fortunately, it’s still plenty early and there’s quite a bit of time for Atlanta to figure out a new defensive scheme to slow Wall down. It’ll be interesting to watch what type of adjustments they choose to make for Game 2, but something is certainly going to have to be done.News Now - Sport News