The honeymoon is over.
John Wall's return from a knee injury boosted the Wizards' play for a brief stint. But the team now has lost three straight pivotal games with him, including the 85-76 loss at Memphis Friday night. Washington’s record has once again dropped to a league worst 11-34.
Since Wall returned in mid-January the Wizards are 6-6 with him in the lineup, but for the second straight game Wall was ineffective, scoring 9 points and committing 4 turnovers against Memphis.
Wall had to leave the Memphis game briefly after hurting his shoulder in the second quarter but he returned and played through the pain.
It was painful that the Wizards had only one player score in double figures versus the Grizzlies and that was Nene with 14 points. Emeka Okafor's bid for a fourth straight double-double was denied as he scored 8 points and had 10 rebounds.
But for the Wizards to have a successful second half of the season, Wall has to play better. The last two games he has not looked sharp.
Wall and the Wizards have a chance to get it right at San Antonio tonight.