Morning tip: Wall's lower back holds up

Morning tip: Wall's lower back holds up
November 4, 2013, 8:30 am
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Highlights: Wizards 93, Heat 103

WAKING UP with the Wizards on Monday, after losing their third consecutive game to start the season. ...

MIAMI -- John Wall knew that the Miami Heat wouldn't allow him to have but so much impact in their game. 

The way they defend, he had to be more of an orchestrator than a jump shooter or finisher.

Wall had modest numbers in Sunday's 103-93 loss with 11 points on 4-for-12 shooting and nine assists. He accrued that after being plagued by lower back pain in Friday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. At one point, it looked like Wall wouldn't be able to play after he missed consecutive practices. 

"John had better penetration. John's defensive effort and stuff is where now he's got to maintain it," coach Randy Wittman said. "I thought he played a good floor game, trying to get guys involved, making the right pass and taking the right shots."

Wall concurred. He'd taken a game-high 21 shots in their season-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons. He had a team-high 26 points in the loss to Philadelphia. 

"I was fine," Wall said. "Against this team you've got to get your points in transition or on a quick swing (pass) because when you come off the pick-and-roll they trap you. They do a great job of that. So my job is to keep those two guys with me and help my teammates make a play. In this type of game you get a lot of hockey assists."