Washington Wizards

John Wall Isolated Himself, Watched Movies Before Monster Game 5

INDIANAPOLIS, IND - MAY 13: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards shoots a free throw against the Indiana Pacers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals during the 2014 NBA Plaoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 13, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: 2014 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

A disappointed John Wall is a dangerous John Wall.

After going 4-of-11 from the field and committing five turnovers in the Washington Wizards' Game 4 loss at home to the Indiana Pacers, Wall shut himself off to the outside world and went in for some cinematic therapy:

Perhaps just as important as the time he had to himself were the encouraging words of Randy Wittman.

Washington's coach had to feel like Wall responded to the text saying, "Just believe. Just believe in yourself, John Wall," when the Wizards point guard lit the Pacers up for 27 points on 11-of-20 shooting in Game 5.

He looked much more confident, much more believing in himself, as he took several shots that were just like ones he passed on in previous games.

His aggressive play was a catalyst for the entire team playing with more energy, especially fellow movie buff Marcin Gortat, who grabbed 16 rebounds and scored 31 points on 13-of-15 shooting.

Now, the Wizards will need Wall and Gortat to once again play with the fire and intensity of an action hero as the series shifts back to D.C. with the Wizards down 3-2.

More inspired play would force a Game 7 in Indianapolis, where the Wizards have already won two games.

 

Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.

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