The Washington Wizards are off to a disappointing 6-8 start, and All-Star point guard John Wall blames himself for the team’s poor showing far.
Wall’s numbers are down across the board, and the 25-year-old knows he must pick up his play.
The Wizards are riding an ugly four-game losing streak.
Per the WaPo:
But Washington’s current slow start — 6-8 and currently on a four-game losing streak — is not the same as the struggles two years ago, before the team’s current core had a taste of the postseason in consecutive seasons, Wall insisted. […] “In that situation, we didn’t know where the team wanted to go,” Wall said after practice Monday. “We got people that know what this team can be capable of and what we want to be. That was just the beginning, when we were trying to start what this team was going to become.”
“The main focus is me,” the 25-year-old Wall said. “Until I start playing better, we’re not going to do well. It’s as simple as that.”
The biggest dip has been in Wall’s mid-range efficiency: After shooting 40.3 percent on shots beyond eight feet and inside the three-point line last season, the number is down to 32 percent this season. Wall is shooting just 20.7 percent when he is “wide open” on shots beyond 10 feet, according to NBA.com. A player is considered “wide open” when there isn’t a defender within six feet. He’s shooting 31.8 percent in other instances on attempts from 10 feet and beyond.