The Wizards went 1-1 in the week leading up to the All Star break with the lone win coming against the Knicks and the loss coming against the Milwaukee Bucks in an uninspired effort. In fact, lets not even talk about the Bucks’ game since the seven-point loss doesn’t tell the story.
Trending Up: John Wall
I know, I know, when am I going to put someone else in this category; but the fact of the matter is that Wall is the only player consistently playing well. Wall had to drop 28 points and 17 assists for the Wizards to get a win against the Knicks. As I’ve stated before, this team would be battling for the worst in the Eastern Conference if it weren’t for Wall. He’s leading this team in points, assists, and minutes played. Oh and he’s played in all 51 games this year; something only him and Ramon Sessions have done. Aside from his botched defense against Langston Galloway on the last play of the game, John Wall had a stellar performance.
Trending Down: Garrett Temple
This isn’t so much trending down but more of a recession to the mean. After Temple’s stellar start to the season, he’s come back to earth. This was evidenced by his five-point output against the Knicks (in 32 minutes) and just three points against the Bucks. It was Temple’s duty to lock up Carmelo Anthony and he couldn’t really slow Melo down as he dropped 33 points. He played just 16 minutes against the Bucks now that Beal is back and healthy. The Wizards have toyed some with playing Temple at the Small Forward position. Maybe that will pay dividends for him going forward?