As mentioned earlier, for the first time in his NBA career, John Wall wasn’t able to go to the Kentucky Derby. This year, he’s on a mission to lead the Washington Wizards to an NBA title. “Happy to be in the playoffs,” Wall said Saturday. “I think it’s more important to be playing the sport I love. I’ve done [the Kentucky Derby] two or three or times, so that’s over with for me right now.” Wall and the Wizards will take on the 1st seed Indiana Pacers tomorrow night at 7:00 PM. The Pacers were forced into a game 7 by a not-so-good Atlanta Hawks team, so Wall and the Wizards hope to maintain their underdog attitude heading into this series.
After a late season loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Wizards found themselves as the seventh seed in the Eastern conference. That’s when Washington kicked it into high gear, finishing off the season with four straight victories, earning them the 5th seed under Wall’s strong play and leadership.
“We knew what we needed to do to keep our seeding and get a good spot in the playoffs, and we did that. Luckily, it’s translating into the playoffs right now,” Wall said, adding that the team must maintain the attitude of an underdog.
“You got people that doubt you your whole life, your whole career, and when you have the opportunity to succeed, you don’t pay them no attention. You just keep focusing on what you’re doing as a group and as an individual and try to win basketball games. It’s a different atmosphere. It’s the playoffs. You’re more focused on what you’re doing. Regular season, it don’t matter what you do.”