John Wall has spoken time and time again about how the Washington Wizards do not get the attention they deserve when it comes to nationally televised games and the domino effect that creates, how it affects he and Bradley Beal's All-Star voting and his own Q rating in general.
On Friday, however, they were awarded a new national TV game, on Feb. 13 against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That game was flexed to national TV by TNT and will now be played at 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m..
Wall was glad to hear the news and believes it's a good sign for where his team is headed:
"It's good. I think it comes from us playing a little better. And, also the opponent we're playing. We're playing Russell Westbrook and he's been on TV a lot this year. I think every time he plays a good point guard, they try to put the matchup on there. It's great for us. They took one away, now they've added one back. That's something that we appreciate."
Wall's reference to one being taken away is a nod to their Jan. 11 game against the Celtics that was dropped by ESPN in favor of Thunder-Grizzlies.
The Wizards ended up playing a very physical game with the Celtics that featured a postgame altercation between both teams.
The Thunder game on Feb. 13 is one of 11 national TV games remaining on the Wizards' schedule. They play three on TNT, six on NBA TV and two on ESPN. They will play two national TV games in a row, including that Feb. 13 game, with a Feb. 10 matchup against the Pacers set to air on ESPN.