Late in the season, a reporter walked up to Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell as he signed autographs and asked him why John Wall was struggling in his second season. Cassell shrugged and responded, "He just needs some more pieces."

The Wizards will certainly need some roster upgrades this summer if they intend to make significant improvements from this past season, but they are also going to need an improved Wall. With that in mind, Cassell brought Wall with him to attend Games 3 and 4 of the Los Angeles Clippers' first-round series with the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center.

Wall said his offseason homework included watching Chris Paul to see how he runs a team during the postseason. Paul had 27 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead the Clippers to a 101-97 overtime victory that gave his team a three-games-to-one lead over the Grizzlies.