John Wall has been one of the standout performers of the 2017 NBA Playoffs so far and that fact is pretty much indisputable. With the chance to close out Atlanta in Game 6, he absolutely rose to the challenge and sent the Hawks packing.
Optimus Dime finished with 42 points and eight assists in the victory while his backcourt partner netted 31 points of his own. As with every playoff series though, there are going to be theatrics and this time it wasn’t even anything that happened on the hardwood.
The All-Star guard drained a fadeaway jumper with just over three minutes to go to put the Wiz up for good. He turned to some fans courtside and let them know that there was no way the series was going back to Washington for Game 7.
Those fans happened to be Atlanta Falcons star receiver Julio Jones, Quavo of the rap group Migos and fellow rapper Gucci Mane. Apparently, the trio of ATL staples were jawing at Wall throughout the night and he got the last laugh on them at that moment.
He told reporters after the game: “I told them I was going to get 35 or more and we was going to win. And we did that.” Beal, who was sitting next to him added: “For the culture.”
That last little bit is a subtle joke about some of the lines that have appeared in the city’s rap scene prominently over the last year and Culture is the title of the latest Migos project which both superstars clearly know about.
Still, being able to checkmate their opponents on the road after how much trash-talking flew back and forth between these squads had to feel good. Now, a bigger challenge awaits in the number-one-seeded Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon.
If Wall’s 19 points in the fourth quarter are any indication, the Wizards will keep doing it for the culture all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. He was nothing short of electric over the course of this series and severely outplayed Dennis Schroder.
Next series, things get real as two teams that have openly been trading shots all season long will collide with a chance to meet the winner of Toronto and Cleveland in the next round. Wall will have to outplay Isaiah Thomas to get there.
Boston has survived their first round series after Rajon Rondo went out with a thumb injury, but it’s going to be hard for anyone to stop Wall now that he has found this groove. The next challenge awaits, but no question that he was the biggest superstar in the room on Friday night.News Now - Sport News