I'm sure I'll get roasted for this, and I'm sure lots of you are already typing the words "hater" and "pessimist" at the mere thought of this post's title. But lets step back a moment and catch our collective breaths. Yes, John Wall has been playing excellent ball the past week and I'm hoping he gets a well-deserved Player Of The Week award later today. I fully expect the NBA to give it to Lebron James because of Miami's outlandish streak, but what John has done lately is more outstanding in my opinion.
The question is, it is maintainable?
Lots of you are gonna say Wall's finally turned the corner, and for the love of God, I sure hope he has.
On the other hand, it's not as if we haven't seen this before. Because we have.
Anyone remember last February? Check the numbers for yourself.
From the Toronto game on Feb 3rd, 2012 through the Golden State game on March 5th, Wall shot an astounding 108-211 from the field. Those 51% on makes were a combination of Wall using his speed to get to the rack, as well as a consistent jump shot. Of course, the team was just 4-10 during that blistering stretch, but it doesn't take away from Wall's excellence.
Then the rest of March came, and the old Wall returned, shooting hesitantly and awfully. He completely reverted to his old form and the usual "when/if John Wall ever gets a consistent jumper he'll be dangerous" narrative resurfaced.
So forgive me if I'm not ready to hand Jimmy a max contract and consider his shooting woes a thing of the past after 4 (admittedly) great games against 3 NBA rosters that might not make the Sweet 16 (hyperbole alert!) and a Bucks team that's trying it's darndest to give away the #8 seed.
I'll be much more interested in seeing how Wall performs over this next stretch of 6 out of 7 road games, and even then, the perennially disappointed Bullets fan in me will still be giving him the side-eye.
Sorry for being the resident buzz-kill, but until Wall can put together a far more extended stretch of games where he shoots the league average, I'm not gonna anoint him a 2014 All Star just yet.