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John Wall Sparks Wizards

John Wall Sparks Wizards”

It seems an impossible lean with an improbable angle at full speed. Wall (12) and Beal (seven) combined for 19 of the Wizards' total. It will be hard for the Wizards to win a road game in this series if their bench gives them nothing, especially when they head down to Atlanta for Games 3 and 4.

His blitz lasted another 10 minutes.

John Wall scored a playoff career-high 32 points and Markieff Morris added 21 in his National Basketball Association playoff debut as the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-107 Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round series. Feeding off Morris' hot start to the second half, Wall scored 15 points in the third quarter alone as Washington pulled away to take the series lead.

Few teams can match with the Washington Wizards prized guard duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Atlanta is not among those.

"We don't look at who's the underdog", he said.

The 27-year-old Johnson won his second ATP Tour title, and became the seventh American to win the event since it moved to Houston in 2001. Wall has been to the All-Star Game each season, and each year he is the team's lone representative. Teams up 2-0 with two home wins in a best-of-seven series have won 94% of the time.

Wall stole the show, but he wasn't the only one doing heavy lifting. It was evident Sunday.

"I play with a lot of energy, a lot of intensity", Wall said. "I think that's what makes a great player".

Wizards coach Scott Brooks has a difference view of Wall's surges.

"Kind of?" Brooks said. "He can take over quarters".

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This was a turnabout for Wall against Atlanta.

FiveThirtyEight.com's National Basketball Association 2016-2017 predictions give the Wizards a pre-game win probability of 77 percent. In this series, he's trying to vanquish those woes and the irritation he still carries from losing to the Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2015.

The Washington Wizards will remain at home for Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center on Wednesday night. Take it a game at a time, possession by possession. Eventually, the Wizards were sent out of the playoffs in six. Were 18 for 45 from the field in the first half. The Wizards fouled and missed and fouled and missed. Bradley Beal added 31 points. Atlanta shot 22 free throws thanks to Washington's hyperactivity turning into chopping and clobbering.

Even as each team shot 28 percent from 3-point territory, scoring wasn't a problem.

Markieff Morris bodied Paul Millsap all day during the Wizards first series playoff win on Sunday.

Millsap took just eight shots but managed 19 points thanks to 11 freebies at the free throw line. Morris told Millsap to shut up. Morris was playing in his first playoff game.

Frustrating Millsap is part of the plan for Washington. The Hawks have the talent, but Washington stepped up the defensive effort to force the turnovers.

The same could be said about Wall, who was simply electric in Game One. How much more do you want?

During the regular season, the Washington Wizards lacked physicality. Since the All-Star break, they had not been the same group that powered through December and January to change their label in the Eastern Conference from travesty to contender.

Will the Hawks ever have an answer for John Wall. Both returned to practice Tuesday after sitting out Monday's session. If any team had a four man who could score, we could go right back to [Morris] and he could score in the post. Please support our efforts.



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