Wall hopes win in Chicago gives Wizards momentum
Maybe John Wall can pick up a few tips from Frank Vogel on how his Indiana Pacers keep shutting down the Wizards' offense. After a victory Tuesday vs. the Sacramento Kings, the Pacers clinched his spot to lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars in the Feb. 16 showcase in New Orleans.
The Pacers (30-7) will have the best record in the East through games played Feb. 2. The conference only has four teams with records above .500. Erik Spoelstra, who has his Miami Heat at 27-10 going into Wednesday's game at the Wizards, is ineligible because he coached the East at last year's All-Star game.
The West was coached by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich last season. Even though they hold the best record, he is ineligible too which means the leading candidates are Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers and Scott Brooks of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Though the popular voting from fans ends next week, it's a safe assumption that Vogel will have two players, Paul George and Roy Hibbert, as All-Stars.
Wall may not make it through the fan vote that ends in six days, but NBA coaches and general managers select the reserves and he is a lock to be chosen for the first time in his four-year career. Will he get Vogel's vote? In two games at Indiana this season, Wall hasn't been able to impress: 13 points on 4-for-15 shooting and three assists in a 93-66 loss last week and eight points on 4-for-14 shooting in a 93-73 loss on Nov. 29.