John Wall didn’t “have it” in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Boston Celtics. The point guard and floor leader of the Washington Wizards started the evening in ghastly fashion, making only one of his nine shot attempts in the first half and scoring only three points before the break. Fortunately, Wall was bailed out by Bradley Beal (14 points in the half) and subpar offense from the Celtics, to the point where the Wizards were left with a fighting chance over the final 24 minutes.
From there, though, it was a reminder that John Wall is the best point guard in the Eastern Conference.
There are, of course, worthy competitors to the throne in this regard, including Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry and the “other” point guard in Isaiah Thomas. To that end, simply declaring Wall to be the best of the bunch should not be seen as a slight to any member of that trio, but rather an enormous credit to the 26-year-old former Kentucky point guard.
In the second half of Game 6, Wall erupted for 23 points on 16 shots, including the incredible game-winner that might just double as the biggest shot for the Wizards franchise in three decades. In addition to the importance of the shot within Wizards’ circles, ESPN Stats and Information brings word that Wall’s connection was the first game-tying or go-ahead 3-pointer within the final 10 seconds of an elimination game since Ray Allen’s famous shot against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals.