WAKING UP with the Wizards, who practice Friday morning before facing the Philadelphia 76ers at Verizon Center in the home opener (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). ...
If anyone can relate to the high that rookie Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers is feeling, it's John Wall.
The Sixers upset the Miami Heat in their season opener at home 114-110. Carter-Williams had 22 points on 6-for-10 shooting, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in front of franchise greats.
Wall refused to read too much into it.
"It's opening night. You get excited. A lot of adrenaline is going through your blood. When you got all the legends in there, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving, Allen Iverson, all those guys are in building and you're playing the defending champs," said Wall, who will be matched up with the 6-7 point guard. "It's an exciting game. You go out there and play and you play hard. Their team went out there and competed like you're supposed to. Any team can be beaten in this league."
In Wall's first home game at Verizon Center on Nov. 2, 2010, he had 29 points on 9 of 16 shooting, 13 assists and nine steals in a 116-115 win vs. the Sixers.
"I was mad because I was one steal away from having 10," Wall said. "I was too tired to get it."
Coach Randy Wittman hopes Carter-Williams hits an emotional lull after such a debut.
"Pretty nice way to break into the league," Wittman said. "Let's hope he got that out of his system."
The Wizards lost their opener at the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. Nene injured his left calf. Bradley Beal couldn't find his range. Wall took a game-high 21 shots. But they have a chance to make it right.
LIke what happened in Philadelphia, it's just one game. Eighty-one remain.