Of all the categories in which John Wall led the Wizards, the most striking is blocked shots.
He had a team-high two in Saturday’s 104-85 win vs. the Indiana Pacers, including on 7-2 center Roy Hibbert in the first quarter.
"I told you I can try to block shots as a guard," Wall said. "I just try not to be dunked on."
Earlier in the period, Wall blocked a three-point attempt by George Hill, led the fast break, made the layup, drew the foul and converted the free throw to give the Wizards a 20-10 lead.
While much has been made about Wall’s improved shooting percentage and scoring average since March 1, he also has 16 blocked shots in that span.
He has become especially adept at chase-down blocks, coming from behind to break up what appear to be easy layups or dunks for the opposing teams.
In the Wizards’ 90-86 win vs. the Chicago Bulls last week, Wall ran down Luol Deng, an athletic, lanky 6-foot-9 forward, and swatted his shot from behind on a breakaway in the second quarter.
"I like getting blocks. It gets our team excited and puts more enthusiasm into the game and it puts more enthusiasm in my game,” Wall said. “I don’t think people think I can chase down and block shots, but I do.”