We’ll start with the easy stuff: it took every bit of regulation time to get it done, but with 12.7 seconds left, John Wall drove the paint and knocked down a floating jumper over Orlando center Nikola Vucevic to seal the Wizards’ win over the Magic, 88-87.
The Wizards looked alright, but the new offense should take a little longer before it really clicks. That said, this offense has lots of potential once the proverbial gelling takes place.
As for the random butt grabs, well, they just happen I guess. It’s what retirees do in central Florida. They purchase courtside seats to basketball games and wait for leaping ball players to fall into their laps and then they squeeze the player’s glutes a few times, then tap it a few times, then peel off a creepy grin. Take a look for yourself.
And while Ramon Sessions was getting lucky with Big Phil on the sidelines, John Wall was putting up historical numbers with a finishing stat line of 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and three steals. You can read more about it over at numberFire, detailing the elite company he joined. But in short, he’s only the ninth player in NBA history, and the first guard EVER to record a 4-by-5 in a season opening game. Only one player has ever recorded a 5×5 in a season-opener (Hakeem Olajuwon in ’93) and Wall was just two steals shy of joining The Dream.
It was an awesome night all around. Not just for Ramon Sessions, but for the Wizards to dig deep and get a win on the road to start the season; for John Wall and his sweet statistical feat; for Otto Porter and his new-look no-goggles gritty on-court demeanor; for Brad Beal’s new headband and his hustle; for Randy Wittman to earn a win on his birthday; for Kris Humphries and his first made three-point attempt in over a decade; for Nene coming off the bench; for Wall’s new temp and part shape-up; for Gary Neal and the professional legitimacy he provides coming off the bench; it was all just really fun, guys.
Basketball is back!