Wake-up call: John Wall checks ego in favor of winning

Wake-up call: John Wall checks ego in favor of winning
April 25, 2014, 6:00 am
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Ready to check in for Andre Miller to make a fourth-quarter push to get the Wizards over the hump in Game 1 at the Chicago Bulls, John Wall took a look back to the bench at coach Randy Wittman. 

Miller previously had made consecutive layups to trim the deficit to 79-76. Then it was a jump shot at 6:48 to cut it to 83-82. 

Wall, who hadn't played in the fourth, took a stroll back to the bench for a seat. Why interrupt a good thing? 

"He'd just made a jump shot and we both looked at each other," Wall said of his non-verbal signal to Wittman. "We were like, 'Let him stay.' We both agreed that he made a shot right there and he was going."

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Miller ended up scoring eight of his 10 points in the comeback from a 13-point deficit. Wall made his first appearance at 4:33 instead to finish the quarter. The Wizards took an 88-87 lead from there and -- unlike Wall -- never looked back. 

This has become the norm for the Wizards, who enter Game 3 on Friday at Verizon Center with a chance to put another nail in the Bulls' unraveling season (CSN, 8 p.m. ET). 

Even the the star player, the team's All-Star, doesn't feel a need to prove himself or feel threatened by a 15-year veteran such as Miller.

Wall didn't have a field goal in the fourth quarter of that 102-93 victory. Miller played almost eight minutes and led all scorers for both teams in the period. 

In fact, the Wizards have been successful vs. Chicago without Wall being a factor offensively late in games. Including the 101-99 overtime win in Game 2 for Washington, Wall doesn't have a field goal after the third quarter. He's a combined 0-for-5 shooting.