'Wolf Wall': Beal says critics have ignited the Wizards' point guard

Josh Luckenbaugh
November 13, 2018 - 8:13 am
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John Wall has faced harsh criticism throughout this season as the Wizards have gotten off to a cold start, but it appears the heat has ignited Washington's point guard over the last few games.

After scoring 28 points and dishing out nine assists in Saturday's win in Miami, Wall put on another superstar display Monday night at home against Orlando, recording 25 points and 10 assists, leading the Wizards to a 117-109 victory to improve to 4-9 on the season.  

And according to his backcourt partner Bradley Beal, the critics have transformed John Wall into someone else: 'Wolf Wall.'

"Y'all pissed him off, man, it's y'all's fault," Beal told reporters after the win over the Magic. "He's gonna come out and play like 'Wolf Wall.' That's what we need him to do, so I'm happy you guys lit a little flame up under him."

"He got us going. He got us all going. That's John, we need him to do that. We need him to lead the ship. Lead us, and continue to bring it on both ends. I think when he gets after it defensively for us, I think that gets everybody else going, too."

Wall's ability to lead the Wizards has come under question recently, most notably from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith took multiple shots at Wall on "First Take" last week, first claiming Wall is "out of shape" then going after the five-time All-Star for his lifestyle off the court, in particular his reported patronage at a D.C. nightclub called Rosebar.

In fact, Smith was in attendance at Monday night's game, and the Wizards (and Wall) were well aware. 

If Wall keeps this up, Ted Leonsis may have to give Smith permanent courtside seats. 

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