Houston Rockets guard John Wall will visit the nation’s capital for the first time since he was acquired from the Washington Wizards prior to the 2020-21 season.
Wall is likely to hold nothing back on Monday when he takes the court against the team that selected him with the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Nothing was saved in a recent interview with The Athletic, either, claiming the organization did not discuss the potential trade involving him and former NBA MVP and nine-time All-Star Russell Westbrook in December.
“I felt like I deserved the honesty and respect because I’ve been there for 10 years,” Wall said. “I’ve been through the bad times, when we had teams (expletives) and when we had good teams in DC, I never turned my back on the organization.
“I played almost every injury that a lot of people wouldn’t have played for. I played with broken hands in the playoffs. I think I did everything I could and gave everything I had, heart and soul, to the organization and outside of the organization. court “.
Wall signed a four-year, $ 170 million extension in 2019 before missing the following 2019-20 season due to multiple injuries.
Wall is back with a flourish, averaging 19.5 points and 5.9 assists in 17 games this season. He scored 24 points in Houston’s 107-88 home win over Washington on January 26 and had 26 points Saturday, but the Rockets staggered to their fifth straight loss, their biggest of the season, with a 121-99 loss. against the New York Knicks.
The five-game losing streak coincides with the absence of Christian Wood (sprained right ankle), who is averaging 22.0 points and 10.2 rebounds this season.
DeMarcus Cousins has recorded three double-doubles over the five-game stretch while starting in place of Wood.
“This is the NBA, you go through these kinds of moments,” Cousins said of the losing streak.
“It’s a long season. You’re going to have good times, you’re going to have bad times. It’s about staying calm, getting over the bad part. From now on, I think we’re probably at our lowest level than we are.” I’ve been there all season, so we don’t have anything else to get up to start, so that’s something to look forward to. “
Bradley Beal, who scored 33 points in the first meeting with Houston, returned from a night off to score 35 in the Wizards’ 104-91 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. Looking fresh, the NBA’s leading scorer made his first five shots in the first quarter and finished 10 of 18 from the court.
“The mental toughness is there,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said of Beal. “He’s one of the best players in the league. He’s not one of the best guards. He’s one of the best players in the league.”
Westbrook nearly had a triple-double Sunday after racking up 13 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. He also flirted with a triple-double in the previous meeting with the Rockets, scoring 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Westbrook, however, has yet to play in both games of a consecutive set this season.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.