Scouting The Opponent: Wizards and Bulls

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John Wall Has Arrived

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Check out these two stat lines that have been put up over the past 20 games:

Player A: 35.7 MPG, 23.0 PPG, 48.2 FG%, 40.0 3PT%, 8.0 APG, 5.0 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 2.0 TPG

Player B: 34.6 MPG, 24.4 PPG, 45.7 FG%, 24.6 3PT%, 6.7 APG, 6.1 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 2.8 TPG

Player B is Russell Westbrook - a three-time All-Star, and All-NBA performer playing for the defending Western Conference Champions. Player A is John Wall.

Over the last 20 games, John Wall has essentially turned himself into Russell Westbrook. In fact, over that time span just five players are averaging 20/5/5: Wall, Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James.

Wall makes his living by getting into the paint and finishing around the rim. This season, he’s added a mid-range right elbow jump shot to his repertoire. Wall’s young backcourt mate, Bradley Beal is injured and out for the rest of the season, but the sharpshooting rookie was the ideal complement to Wall’s ability to bend a defense. Without Beal, the Knicks should pack the paint, go under any screens for Wall, and force him into taking long jump shots.

The Wizards may be playing much better since Wall came back, but look for the Knicks to push the winning streak to 13 games if they can make John Wall solely a jump shooter.

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