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Daily Digits: The Wizards won with a quiet John Wall

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Cleveland Cavaliers v Washington Wizards Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the number of games John Wall has won as a Wizard in which he’s played under 25 minutes and failed to reach double-digits in either points or assists, which is...

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The Wizards have shown at various points they can win without John Wall. They might not win quite as often as they do when he’s out there, but it’s possible.

What they had not shown, until their win on Wednesday against the Cavaliers, is that they could win with Wall on the floor but not making a major statistical impact. He had an off night, only making 3 of his 10 shots and picking up four fouls in under 22 minutes, and despite that Washington won with ease.

There are plenty of ways to spin this as a negative about the team. Some might say it’s proof Wall is losing a step, or that the team is learning how to play without him. I think the better way to look at it is that Washington is finally taking a step towards supporting Wall without the pressure to rely on him to make it all happen.