Throughout the Wizards' recent success, there's been some tension because we've been waiting for John Wall to have that signature game. Last year, he got a bit of a pass because of how well the Bulls and Pacers defend and bog down games. But after a rough shooting performance in Game 1, there were some fair questions about why Wall wasn't taking over games more. Well, in Game 2 it happened, and it was glorious.
Oh, and did we mention John Wall had a MRI on his shoulder on Sunday after Greivis Vasquez landed on his shoulder in Game 1? Based on Wall's Game 2 performance, it looks like Vasquez may have Henry Rowengartnered Wall's shoulder, which spurred him to a performance that put him in exclusive company:
.@JohnWall joined an elite group tonight! pic.twitter.com/7sQ7a5VlnB— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 22, 2015
But tonight wasn't just about Wall making history, it was about Bradley Beal going back to angry Bradley Beal mode. We saw a bit of this earlier in the month against the Nets, but in Game 2 we were reminded that a angry, dialed in Bradley Beal is a terrifying thought to the rest of the NBA.
And then there's Otto Porter. His higlight reel is considerably shorter than Wall and Beal's for two reasons:
- Most of Porter's buckets were very quick, whether they were catch and shoots, putbacks or coming off cuts.
- The highlight reel doesn't show off Porter's nine rebounds and his superb playoff defense.
The thing that's most impressive is how well Porter has adjusted to playoff basketball. Yes, he's only playing a specific role, but he's playing it beautifully. There's no nerves, none of the mistakes you associate with 21 year olds playing in the playoffs, and no hesitation.