Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Wall can't find shot, does find teammates
By Micah Adams & Kenton Wong, ESPN Stats & Info
Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty ImagesOne of the closest games of the night came in Washington as the Wizards took a four-point win against the Minnesota Timberwolves by outscoring the visitors 7-2 in the last minute.
John Wall's shooting slump continued, but his passing helped set up a Wizards win
For the 2nd time in his career, John Wall had 16 assists with just 1 turnover. He also did it on March 22, 2013. Since the start of last season the only other player with 16 assists in a game in which he had 1 or fewer turnovers was Rajon Rondo on Nov. 25, 2012.
Setting up his teammates allowed Wall to overcome yet another poor shooting night. The speedy point guard finished 5-17 from the field (29 percent). That makes three straight games and five of the last six in which Wall has shot below 30 percent from the field.
Wall’s shooting issues this season have come primarily when he keeps the ball on pick-and-roll plays (32 FG pct) and in isolation (19 FG pct).
Not to be overshadowed in the loss for the Timberwolves was yet another big game out of Kevin Love, who is showing no ill effects from last season’s right hand and left knee injuries.
After scoring 25 points Monday, Love has 320 points on the season through 12 games – just 10 points shy of his total from all of last season when he was limited to 18 games.
This was Love’s fifth game this season in which he had at least 25 pts, 10 boards and four assists. The only other player with more than one such game is Paul Millsap who has done it twice.
Love leads the NBA with 10 games of at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season.
This is the second season that Kevin Love has had ten 20-point, 10-rebound games in his team’s first 12 games of a season. The only other player over the last 25 years to do that twice is Karl Malone. The only others to do it once are Kevin Garnett, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson.