John Wall was trying to keep up with Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic in the third quarter of the Wizards’ 127-105 win on Saturday when he was confronted with a double screen of Luis Scola and Michael Beasley standing side by side.
Faced with the option of going around them or going under to get to Dragic, Wall took a more radical approach: He attempted to hurdle Scola and Beasley.
Needless to say, the audacious strategy didn’t work since he basically wound up taking a shot to his ribs, but it did reflect the high level confidence with which Wall was playing last week. Wall believed nothing could slow him down — not opposing defenses that dared him to shoot or clogged the lane, not the three-point line that had been so intimidating and not even is own propensity to lose focus and force the action.
Aside from the failed attempt at leaping over and through two players, Wall was able to do most everything else he wanted while completing the best all-around four-game stretch of his career. In leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record, Wall averaged 24 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and 2.5 steals, while shooting 61.7 percent from the field (37 for 60), 80 percent from three-point range (4 for 5) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (18 for 21).
Little research is needed to find a better or similar span in his career, because the statistical marks Wall met have never been duplicated by any NBA player since the three-point era began in 1979-80.