The last time Coach Doug Collins and his Philadelphia Sixers came to Washington, they were treated to a virtuoso performance by John Wall. He had 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals in his Wizards home debut, and he helped lead his team to a 116-115 overtime victory. After the game, Collins sounded like a man completely in awe:
“He’s terrific. I watched him play in college. He’s just so explosive with the ball. When you have a player like that you can almost guarantee that you can get a shot anytime down the floor because he can create something. He’s so strong, and can get into the gaps. He’s very unselfish and a powerful finisher at the basket. He’s a terrific player.”
Tonight when the Sixers take on the Wizards, Wall will not be in the starting lineup (although he is in uniform), but Gilbert Arenas, who did not play against the Sixers the first time, will be on the court for the tip-off. Arenas is coming off a game against the Pistons where he scored 19 points and dished out a career-high 16 assists. With or without Wall in the lineup tonight, Arenas figures to cause just as many headaches for the Sixers squad, particularly the guards.
Before tonight’s game, Coach Collins talked about both Wall and Arenas, and the challenges they both pose for this Sixers squad. Watch the video: