WATCH: John Wall rejects Iman Shumpert
We had a good one on Saturday night in Washington, as the Wizards defended their home floor against the struggling, New York Knicks.
This defensive play was supplied by the point guard, John Wall, with about 28 seconds remaining in regulation. The Wizards held a 98-89 lead over the visiting Knicks, but that didn’t stop John Wall from erasing Shumpert’s attempted layup.
I like to see a young player not give up on an easy layup for the opposition. Wall could have simply mailed it in on this play and it probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game. The Wizards were sitting on nine-point lead when Shump blew past Bradley Beal. Beal had apparently given up on the game, being the score was heavily in their favor. But not John Wall. The third-year point guard out of Kentucky swooped in a tossed Shump’s shot into the front row.
You’ve got to admire the hustle in this young man. You can really tell Wall has a chip on his shoulder this season. Wall finished the game with 31 points and seven dimes, and the Wizards moved to 5-8 on the season. The Knicks dropped to 3-9, as they continue to struggle mightily.