February 19, 2011 by staff
John Wall, When John Wall arrived at the Staples Center, he and former teammate DeMarcus Cousins Kentucky was curious about the record for assists in the Rookie Challenge. They found that all New Orleans Hornets star Chris Paul-own brand with 17 Cousins and immediately promised that he would break it.
“What I knew he was not,” Wall said about his good friend and college roommate Cousins, who is best known for finishing and bulge. And although Wall opened the scoring for rookies with a pull-up jumper, the Wizards’ No. 1 overall pick made it clear that his goal was to share, develop and celebrate. He threw lobs to Cousins and Blake Griffin, Wesley Johnson hit in stride for layups and jumpers, turned a back-back pass to Gary Neal for three points. At the end of the night, Wall finished with a record 22 assists, 12 points and made three Dougie times before becoming the most valuable player to his team’s 148-140 win Sophomores.
Unlike John Wall dropped a single game record Rookie-Sophomore 22 assists Friday night, an NBA team to reach a figure in aid during a regular season game is a rare feat. According to the database Basketball-Reference.com, it happened just 194 times since the 1986-87 season (the scope of the database BBR game box score). So, roughly 0.3 percent of NBA games during the past 25 seasons. And of course, your Washington Wizards only comes in on Wednesday night in Orlando, a harvest of only eight dimes divided between Kirk Hinrich, who was three, with each and John Wall, Kevin Seraphin, Josh Howard, Andray Blatch and Hilton Armstrong.
The teams have now established a single-digit assist total of five times this season. The Orlando Magic has launched five assists in a loss of 26 points for Miami Heat in only their second game of the 2010-11 season (the day after Orlando blew out the Wizards by 29 points in their first home game of season). The Magic also had nine assists for a team losing 80-74 to the Atlanta Hawks on December 6, 2010. The Portland Trailblazers had eight assists in a 100-86 loss to the New York Knicks January 11, 2011. And curiously, New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul set up a championship season low four assists for a team in an 88-70 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on December 12, 2010.
Blake Griffin was to take it easy. If this were a baseball game, it was supposed to take a few steps out of the dugout, turned back, tip his cap to the fans, sit down and take the rest of the night off.
This is essentially what the Rookie Challenge was supposed to represent Griffin’s whirlwind three events in the route-three days during his first weekend in NBA All-Star.
The problem is, Griffin does not mean speed. It does not “relax, it’s just an exhibition” mode. If it is in the game, he will attack the rim and embarrass anyone around – the situation and circumstances are damned.
It seemed Griffin was at least trying to conserve energy in the beginning, but anyone who knows him realizes about as desperate as to tell a child not to run through a theme park.
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