Rockets’ John Wall ready to play against former team for first time since Russell Westbrook trade


(SportsRadio 610) -- John Wall is trying not to make too much of facing the Washington Wizards for the first time since he was traded for Russell Westbrook in the offseason.

But he acknowledged Tuesday this game has been circled on the calendar.

“It’s going to be a big game because it’s the first time I play against the team I’ve been with for the last 10 years, since I’ve been traded,” Wall said. “I think the ultimate goal for me is to go play my game the way I’ve been playing. I’m not going to try to do nothing out of the ordinary that I always do when I play and go out there and give 110 percent effort.

“But the most important thing for me is to come out with a win.”

Both players, Wall and Westbrook, recently returned to their squads after missing time with injuries. Wall dealt with a sore knee, which caused him to miss five games. Westbrook missed more than two weeks with a sore quad.

Wall scored 7 points and added 8 assists in the Rockets’ 133-108 win over the Dallas Mavericks in 21 minutes on Saturday. Wall is averaging 17.1 points, 5.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds for the 6-9 Rockets.

Westbrook had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in a 121-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in 25 minutes on Sunday. Westbrook is averaging 18 points, 10.6 assists and 9.5 rebounds for the 3-9 Wizards.

Houston hosts Washington on Tuesday at 7 p.m.