Wake-up call: John Wall fondly remembers Memphis

Wake-up call: John Wall fondly remembers Memphis
February 11, 2014, 6:00 am
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Flash back to March 25, the night that John Wall solidified himself as a max player. He put up a career-high 47 points against the Memphis Grizzlies, a defensive-minded bunch who would make a run to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

The Wizards won 107-94, but it came at Verizon Center. Wall also had eight assists and seven rebounds. He made 13 of 22 field goals and 19 of 24 foul shots. He played with four starters -- Garrett Temple, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and Emeka Okafor -- who are no longer starters.

Tuesday, Wall will play the Grizzlies for the first time since that game but it'll take place at FedEx Forum (CSN, 8 p.m. ET). 

Wall now is a first-time All-Star, and before that he signed a five-year, $80 million extension. 

The home crowd chanted "MVP." They did again when Wall led the Wizards (25-25) over .500 for the first time this late in the season since 2008 last week. 

Now, a victory vs. Memphis will put them over the hump again, and one more victory at the Houston Rockets on Wednesday would send the Wizards into the All-Star break on a high note.

"I think we gave nine or 10 games away that ... we could have won and we should have won. That kind of hurts us when you’re seeing different teams going back and forth and it’s like a three- or two-game spread at what spot you can be in," Wall said. "The main thing with us is trying to get on a streak, finish these last two games before the break and try to get over .500."

Do that, and the Wizards' mark will be far more impressive than an individual achievement of 47 points that came at the end of a 29-win season.