There is no bench help coming for Trevor Ariza, Nene, Marcin Gortat, Bradley Beal or John Wall. The starters for Washington are lucky to get 10 bench points on any given night.
Based on that alone it’s a miracle they are even contending for the Eastern Finals.
Can someone please throw a glass of cold water in John Walls face, get him to shot-gun a Red Bull or hand him a triple espresso during the anthem?!
Wall needs to wake up his offence for the remaining 3 games of the series if Washington expects to become the 9th team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit.
His 3FG percentage has dropped dramatically in the post season (35% to 18%) and his FG’s have gone down in attempts (16.3 to 14.2) and nearly 10% in accuracy (43.3% to 34.4%) in his first round of playoff match-ups.
Yes, Bradley Beal is younger and experiencing the post season for the first time as well answering the call and playing in a higher gear during the last nine games but the 21-year-old cannot be the answer for the Wiz.
Right now it’s a problem that Randy Wittman trusts Beal to do the job over Wall.
To recap, Wall opted out of an open 3-pointer, passing to Beal who missed the 3FG which would have tied the Pacers at 94 with 50 seconds remaining.
I understand why Wittman would want someone who’s shooting 43% from long range in the post season to take THE shot with 50 second left, when down three in game four but the power shift isn’t a positive change for Washington.
In the regular season Beal scored 20+ points on 22 occasions, Wall in 41 contests.
The while the Wiz won 14 of the Beal lead games they notched 29 dubs with Wall at the helm (2 of the wins both had 20+). Having their PG lead the way has been the reason for the Wizards success this season, and to have his role relegated to secondary scoring in the playoffs won’t end well.