John Wall nails a 3 to set career high 47 point benchmark
John Wall’s career night of 47 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds will rightly dominate all of the headlines on Tuesday morning. But Wall was far from a one-man wrecking crew in the Wizards 107-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night.
With Bradley Beal, AJ Price, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Nene all out with injuries Randy Wittman was forced to go deep into his bench. Being so undermanned no body would’ve been surprised if the Wizards wilted against Memphis who is one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
“It just shows what we can do,” said Emeka Okafor who had 21 points and nine rebounds. “We had every reason to just be like whatever and go out there. But we had the fans rooting for us. Coach was rooting for us and we were rooting for ourselves. We knew that we had a chance.”
Thanks to the recent play of Ariza and Webster, Chris Singleton has found himself the odd man out in Wittman’s rotation. Entering Monday’s game Singleton had received eight DNP’s (did not play) in his last 13 games. Even when he's played he’s struggled shooting a woeful 13 percent from the field in the month of March.
The Wizards drafted Singleton in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft because of his ability to defend multiple positions and that’s exactly what he was able to do against Memphis. The Grizzlies Jared Bayless had been on a hot streak of late averaging 22 points in his last five games. But at 6’9” Singleton was able to use his length to make things tough on not only Bayless but Mike Conley as well.
“Just tried to keep them out the paint as much as possible,” said Singleton who helped force Bayless into 5-of-17 shooting. “I tried to use my length to force them into contested jump shots.”
While Wall no doubt put the Wizards on his back, he knows that he couldn’t have pulled off this win alone.
“I couldn’t have done it without my teammates though, they stepped up—Emeka (Okafor) had 21 and Cartier (Martin) made big shots. Everybody contributed in this win today.”