Wall falls in skills challenge
There must be something about All-Star Weekend that saps Wizards guard John Wall’s skills.
On Saturday night, he competed in his third skills challenge and experienced the same result as the other times: a first-round elimination.
“I don’t know what happened,” Wall said.
The head-to-head competition puts players through an on-court obstacle course with dribbling, passing and — Wall’s greatest foe in these contests — shooting.
Wall kicked off the event opposite Utah’s Gordon Hayward. Wall jumped to an early lead over Hayward by using his speed but then needed three tries to make a chest pass into a circular target. Wall still held the lead until the final challenge, an above-the-arc, pullup three-pointer. While Wall’s first shot missed, Hayward made his.
After dispatching Wall, Hayward made the finals but lost to New York’s Kristaps Porzingis.
Wall, a four-time all-star, should be rested for Sunday’s AllStar Game. He has set a lofty goal: getting the MVP trophy.
“That means a lot of shots,” Wall said. “Hopefully [the Eastern Conference] can win and I’ll be the leading scorer.”