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John Wall sounds irritable after another high turnover game


John Wall sounds irritable after another high turnover game

The breakout year for John Wall, in an open-floor style offense that's supposed to play to his strengths, isn't happening. After his fourth game with at least six turnovers, he's averaging near career lows in assists (8.1), rebounds (3.4), foul shooting (75%) and scoring (16.7).

Tuesday's 123-106 loss to the Indiana Pacers aside, Wall appeared agitated by his latest performance in which he had 18 points, made 3 of 4 three-point shots even, but had more turnovers (eight) than assists (five). He's averaging 4.5 turnovers per game, third highest in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook (5.0) and James Harden (4.8).

"I had three careless turnovers of trying to get a man the ball," said Wall, before quickly adding, "they weren’t looking."

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Three years ago, Wall made a similar remark about having high turnovers in a game because his teammates weren't catching his passes and it led to a blowup in the trainer's room with then-center Emeka Okafor.

The Wizards trailed 62-61 at halftime despite Paul George and C.J. Miles combining to make 9 of 9 three-point shots. They had a chance to grab a lead as the Pacers committed three turnovers to start the third quarter. But after 2:15 elapsed, Wall had three turnovers, too.

The game got away from there was the Wizards, who had kept their giveaways down during their three-game winning streak, had 21. Combine these mistakes with Indiana knocking down 19 of 26 threes, there's no chance to win.

In that pivotal third quarter, Wall took just two shots and had four turnovers as they went from being down by one point to trailing by 11 entering the fourth.

"It’s been up and down. Frustrating for me," Wall said of his season that was promising after the first two games when he was dominant alongside Bradley Beal. "I think I was playing well at first today then I only had nine shots in 30 minutes. It gets frustrating but it’s all a part of me trying to make the right reads, trying to find guys. Give credit to those guys they did a great job defensively getting their hands in the air, knocking away some passes. I was trying to be aggressive. … It could’ve been a big assist night for us. We just didn’t make a lot of shots."

Wall was 5 of 9 overall shooting. Beal was 9 of 22.

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!