Things did not go to plan for the Wizards tonight. The Wizards' pace and space offense was not the glamorous revolution Wizards fans hoped it would be. But in the midst of a chaotic, losable game, something still worked, and that was John Wall.
Wall committed six turnovers, but otherwise did it all for Washington, scoring 22 points on 18 shots, dishing out six assists, grabbing 7 rebounds, blocking FIVE shots and snatching three steals. Wall joined David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to post those numbers in a season opener.
Wall with 22pts/7rebs/6ast/5blk/3stls on opening night; Only 2 others to reach those plateaus game 1 - David Robinson & The Dream #Wizards— David Devall (@McNubian) October 29, 2015
But he saved his best for last, nailing this floater over Nikola Vucevic with 12 seconds to go to lead the Wizards to a win in Orlando:
Maybe the Wizards won't change as much as we hoped they would change this season, but John Wall is still good, and that just might be good enough.