When John Wall first came into the NBA as a No. 1 overall pick in 2010, a frequent -- and fair -- criticism is that he didn't see the floor the way a point guard needed to be successful and that he was too reliant on speed.
Unlike the quarterbacks who play football in D.C. who continually have issues with reading the game, that's past history with the current "quarterback" of the Wizards.
While Bradley Beal buried the game-winning three-point shot in Wednesday's 102-99 comeback win vs. the San Antonio Spurs, Wall not only made his season-high 13th assist but had a hand in setting the table before they left the bench during the timeout with seven seconds left.
"He does do that," said Jared Dudley, in his first season in Washington, of Wall grabbing the greaseboard and diagramming plays he prefers to run during a timeout. "It's offensively and defensively. ... We let him control what we should do. Do you want to switch, do you not want to switch? He likes to take the best guys, especially towards the end of the game, because he's our best on-ball defender. He's our quarterback out there offensively and defensively."
Wall anticipated the switch that the Spurs would make when Beal slipped a screen on Danny Green and popped to the right wing. A big man, LaMarcus Aldridge, had no chance of covering Beal as he jabbed stepped and knocked down the winner. Wall told Beal the moment the switch took place he might get the ball early and to be ready.
"They are reading it the right way. They both live for the big moments," Dudley said of the backcourt which scored 22 of the Wizards' 36 points in the fourth quarter. "They want to take the shots as they should. What we have to do is when they're getting doubled and tripled, space the floor, hitting shots. I had one. I missed one. It'll open up the floor for them even more, especially Brad. He's so aggressive. It's such a good thing. We need that. if he makes a couple plays making people better it's only going to help us. We need to start getting, instead of good shots, get great shots especially the fourth quarter.
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