As a starter for the East All-Star team in 2015, John Wall set his goals high going in when he made it known he wanted to set the all-time assist record. He only came up 15 short of Magic Johnson's mark of 22 assists in the 163-158 loss to the West in New York.
As a reserve for the third time in four All-Star appearances, Wall's goals aren't as lofty for 2017.
"I tried to set the assist record and that just didn't work. This time I'm just trying to score," said Wall as the Wizards head into the All-Star break 34-21 following a win over the Indiana Pacers. "Get baskets. I'm not worried about assists. I'm shooting that (ball). A lot."
What Wall learned is that in the exhibition, players prefer to go one-on-one so even if he sets them up with a good pass he won't get credit for it.
It'll be difficult for Wall to dominate the game just shooting but given how less and less defense is played he could get to the rim for easy finishes.
The only thing that would work against him, of course, is time. Reserves generally don't play much more than 25 minutes and he's on an East squad that's heavy on ball-handlers such as Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Isaiah Thomas and Kyle Lowry.