Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wall, Young score 18 apiece in Wizards win

John Wall and Nick Young each scored 18 points as the Wizards moved to 2-0 in the NBA Summer League, beating the Clippers 89-64. Young shot 6-11 from the field, including 4-7 from three-point range. But (obviously) the story for the Wizards -- as will be the case for many games this season -- was the rookie Wall, who filled up the stat sheet (both good and bad) and led the Wizards to victory.

Wall was 5-12 from the field and got to the free throw line eight times, making all eight. Besides his 18 points, he dished out 10 assists, grabbed one rebound, and picked up five steals. Unfortunately, for the second straight game he turned the ball over eight times.

Wall may be turning the ball over too much, but it's impossible to question his talent. Watching the game highlights embedded above, it's difficult not to be impressed with Wall's hustle and court vision. When he drives past opponents, he always has his head up and isn't just looking to score. He's looking to find open Wizards either standing near the three-point line or cutting to the basket. It's going to be exciting watching Wall mature into a great basketball player.

After a strong first game, JaVale McGee seemed to struggle a bit. He scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but he shot just 3-10 from the field and committed seven personal fouls. He also had five turnovers. Definitely not his best game.

In 24 minutes, rookie Trevor Booker scored eight points, making all four of his field goal attempts, and had four rebounds. Cartier Martin also scored eight points on three shots -- not bad.

The Wizards' next Summer League game is on Thursday against the Mavericks.

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