Wizards-Hawks instant analysis

Wizards-Hawks instant analysis
January 12, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Wizards talk about the return of John Wall

Washington Wizards 93 - Atlanta Hawks 83

How it happened:

John Wall made his much anticipated season debut at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter to a standing ovation at Verizon Center. One thing is for certain, Wall has his explosion back but was rusty as expected after missing the first 33 games of the season. In the first half there were several occasions where Wall got into the paint but was unable to finish near the basket. But he proved to be a quick study scoring nine of his 14 points in the 2nd half.

What it means:

From the Wizards front office to the fans sitting in the 400 section of Verizon Center everyone has been waiting to see what a Wall and Bradley Beal backcourt will look like. We got a brief glimpse in the first half when Wall found Beal on the fast break for a tomahawk slam. Later in the 2nd half Wall found Beal in the corner for an open three-pointer. The return of Wall also means there will be less pressure on the Wizards 19-year-old rookie. Beal came in averaging 18.2 points in the month of January and finished with 16 points tonight against Atlanta.

Key stat:

The only stat line that matters: John Wall, 16 points, 4 assist, and 2 rebounds in 22 minutes.

Important note:

The win gave Washington back-to-back victories for the first time since the end of last season. They are now 6-28 on the season.

What’s next:

Washington will welcome the Orlando Magic to the Verizon Center on Monday.  Next Wednesday the Wizards will begin a six game West Coast trip at Sacramento.

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