John Wall Says Wizards 'Smell Blood' In Matchup With Cavaliers


"I think if you look at previous year, people might say they did or didn't, but I think they didn't want the number one seed for a reason because we would've played them in the second round", Wall told ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Paul Pierce, referring to Cleveland. "I think they didn't want that number one seed for a reason, because we would have played them in the second round".

"I think [the Cavs] understand what we can bring to the table", Wall said.

The Wizards were the #4 seed, and they pushed the Celtics to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals.

Prior to Friday night's matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bradley Beal told ESPN's The Jump, that the Washington Wizards are the best team in the East. Everybody was playing. It's not like Bron [LeBron James] didn't play, Ky [Kyrie Irving] didn't play, Kev [Kevin Love] didn't play, like we were resting guys.

"He is as tough of a competitor I've ever been around", Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "Everybody was playing. We just had a bad rut like we just did [this season]".

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Added Wall: "We feel like we're their biggest threat". I'm not going to sit here and do that. We know we can challenge them, and they know they challenge us.

John Wall, who's part of the MVP conversation, is averaging 21.6 points per game.

"He had an awesome game, but at the same time, we got to respect what he does and what he brings to the game".

Wall and Beal, though, don't lack for confidence, nor should they. Whenever we have lapses against those teams we should beat, it's because we don't get off to a great start.

If you come at the king, you best not miss. As a result he is listed as questionable for Washington's game against the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.