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Morning Commute: Showing Restraint After John Wall's Impressive Home Debut

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Of all the articles and columns I have to write for this site, the one I'm about to might be among the hardest. This is one of the few times I have to show restraint. Usually I can just come on this site and give my honest to goodness opinion about things, but in this instance I have to hold back.

I saw the Wizards game last night, and I saw the impact that John Wall can have on a team and a city. I mean, 29 points, 13 assists, and nine steals in the first game in your home city as a 20-year-old rookie? That's just the type of thing that isn't normally done. And that is why I have to show some restraint.

Part of me (most, actually) wants to come out and declare that John Wall is even better then sliced bread, and that as soon as he gets the talent around him he will be able to single-handedly keep this team in contention. I want to go out and buy a John Wall jersey and wear it under my clothes so I can do a Superman-like reveal. It's been that kind of morning.

But I can't do that. It's only been three games, and while Wall has looked way better then I imagined he would at this point in the season, it's still too early for me to move all-in. I have to show some restraint. Say things like, "That was a good performance, but it doesn't mean that Wall will definitely become the player I know he has the talent to be." What a bummer.

Deep down, I'm as excitable and optimistic as the next guy. I want to spend all day watching the replays and salivating over potential and the future. But if I do that I'm sure there will be people who say, "Are you crazy? It's only been three games." Because of this forum I have to tone it down a little bit. So with that said, here's the official company line on what happened last night; "It's a very good start."

Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:

  • Hogs Haven with the ten things still on their mind form the loss to the Lions.
  • Bullets Forever recaps the Wizards narrow, squeaky win over the 76ers
  • Testudo Times on just how good Danny O'Brien has been playing for the Terps; using stats and stuff.

On SB Nation D.C. today: Mike Prada on the differences between John Wall and Evan Turner.