“I just felt like that [Wizards] thought I was done no matter how much hard work I put in over the summer; They came and watched me, ”Wall said after the game on the pitch, contrary to what General Manager Tommy Sheppard and Coach Scott Brooks said last season about how fit Wall looked. “I thought they thought I was done. That’s why I got out of here and did what I did. “
The Wizards’ first meeting with their former star was the act that disguised everything else in Washington’s second game Tuesday night after resuming their season after a coronavirus hiatus. There were few positive takeaways for the wizards (3-10) who are still straightforward and only have 11 players available. Point guard Russell Westbrook, traded for by Wall in December, had his best game since Jan 6 with 19 points 7v17 but is still hampered by a left quadriceps injury.
Bradley Beal hit a team high of 33 points, recording his 12th 25-point game for the longest run in a season since Michael Jordan in 1988-89 for the Chicago Bulls.
The rest was less uplifting. Washington shot 39.3 percent from the field and only made five shots in 26 attempts from outside the arc (19.2 percent). The wizards made 21 turnovers and gave the rockets (7-9) 24 points in a game that was full of emotion from the start.
“I mean, we flipped the ball. First, we need to take some recordings, ”Brooks said in a video conference after the game. “We have a lot of looks out of three – we have to do them; Otherwise the color will be crowded and sales will be there. We have to do some of these shots so things can open up and the defense can play us honestly. “
The former dynamic duo of Wall and Beal shared an elaborate handshake ahead of the notice – coronavirus logs were to be pent up – but there was no doubt that Tuesday night was revenge for the former Wizards point guard. He also said so in an interview that aired on NBC Sports Washington before the game, stating that his motivation to win had in part made Washington looking bad for trading with him, and Westbrook as a protected draft pick in the first round.
Wall led Houston with 24 points and was a little more reluctant during a video conference after the game. Describing what it meant to beat the team that made him the # 1 in 2010, Wall pointed out how many players are missing the Wizards and how the February rematch in the district is likely to feel different.
“It was great. You know the team is better than what it has because there were a lot of people out there. … It wasn’t really about not proving anything,” said Wall. “I know how I’ve worked hard for the last two years. I just wanted to get into this game, just play aggressively, play at a high level, get my legs back. The most important thing for me was to get the win. “
When asked what it feels like to have fun with basketball again – the Rockets have won three games – Wall quipped: “The most important thing is to be anywhere you want.”
Wall certainly played like he was fooling his old team and whipping out some of their smartest moves. The high point of the night was about three minutes in the first half. Wall brought the ball up and, with Raul Neto in his sights, took a stuttering step, accelerated, moved the ball behind his back, then put it in with his left hand. As he jogged back downstairs, he did so with his mouth open – in mock awe of himself.
Victor Oladipo and Eric Gordon each scored 20 points to aid him.
“I’m always happy for him to get back on the ground and just show he’s healthy, get back to playing the game he loves and having fun,” said Beal of his former backyard mate. “But it definitely felt weird playing against him. At the same time, it’s like we’re both competitors. It was almost like a practice environment: we just do it, he goes hard, I do it hard. It’s definitely weird to be on that other side, but I’m happy for him. He played a great game tonight. “
Washington stayed with the Rockets even during a miserable third quarter in which both teams looked exhausted and played sloppily until the Rockets slipped a 14-4 run that lasted until the start of the fourth quarter.
The wizards completely lost control after leaving 85-79 behind. Wall was brought on charges, which were overturned after challenging a coach, and he played a three-point game.
“I thought it was an indictment, but they said he was moving,” Brooks said. “I depend on it [the officials]. ”
A three-pointer from Oladipo ended an 8-0 run that took the Rockets to 14 and sealed the win with more than five minutes of play. Seconds later, Westbrook and Wall were each classified as technical after the stabbing.
Apart from the defeat, Tuesday wasn’t bad news for the Wizards. Deni Avdija, Davis Bertans, Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura, Ish Smith and Moritz Wagner are still not eligible to play amid the NBA’s coronavirus logs, but Brooks said ahead of the game that four players have started training individually , and “a couple” might be ready to return against Atlanta by Friday. Washington first visits New Orleans on Wednesday evening.