Without the ability to practice and hold scrimmages for his players, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks and his staff have been coming up with creative ways to make their team better, including with a greater focus on film study and the mental side of the game. Lately, that has included a team-wide film breakdown of the 2017 playoff series between the Wizards and Hawks.
Brooks revealed that during a team-held Q&A on Facebook Live hosted by Dave Johnson. Brooks said it is in part to show the team's less-tenured and younger players what it will be like when John Wall returns.
"I think about 11 or 12 guys on our team have never played with John and Brad [Beal together]. So, we've been watching the Atlanta Hawks series that we had [in 2017]. We're breaking them up in small groups with coaches and it's been terrific. The players are really into it. They're giving great points and great assessments after the games. We're doing every game separately," Brooks said.
As Brook indicates, players are having to offer analysis of what they saw. Brooks later said Game 6 of that series, when the Wizards closed out the Hawks, was one of the best moments of his career coaching in Washington so far.
Wall had 42 points, eight assists, four steals and two blocks in that game. According to Basketball Reference's game score metric, it was the best playoff game of his career.
The Wizards will have to wait until next year to have him back on the floor as he continues to recover and train following surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon. But when he does return, his teammates should have a good idea of what the peak version of him looks like.
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