There were many excellent candidates for SCIC’s Performance of the Week award this week.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers’ point guard Chris Paul and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant are the three best players in the league and will likely be in the running for this award every single week.
This week, we’re going to reward John Wall. Wall probably wasn’t the best player of the week, but he was extremely impressive nonetheless. After a nine-point performance in a 103-96 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wall averaged 22.0 points, 9.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game while leading the Wizards to a 2-1 record.
He obviously wasn’t perfect. In fact, he had poor shooting night in two of the three games.
However, Wall fought off a back injury and put up 14 points and a career-high 16 assists in a 104-100 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday, had 15 points and nine assists in a 98-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday and poured in 37 points in a loss to the Toronto Raptors Friday night.
Wall fought through pain to have two of his better games of the season and it in different ways. When he needed to set his teammates up for success, he did it. In the victory over the Timberwolves, each Wizards’ starter scored in double figures. When the team needed Wall to carry the scoring load, he did it. In the loss to the Raptors, Wall was 15-of-21 from the field. The rest of the Wizards’ starters were a combined 18-of-53 (34.0%) from the field.