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Wall's breakout
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - After crossing up Memphis Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless and finishing with a step-back 20-footer in the fourth quarter Monday night, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall waved his hand over his face in the manner of WWE star John Cena to indicate, "you can't see me."

But we can John, and we like what we see.

There were plenty of devilish crossovers, drives and step-back jumpers for the usually inconsistent 22-year-old Monday, when he dropped a career-high 47 points on the Memphis Grizzlies by making 13-of-22 from the field and 19-of-24 from the foul line.

It helped that the Grizzlies, who rank second in the NBA in defensive efficiency according to hoopdata.com, were missing arguably the top defensive center in the NBA Marc Gasol, but this wasn't just a one-off performance for Wall.

The point guard has scored at least 23 points in six of the previous nine games and is averaging 25 points per game in that span. He has added averages of 9.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals while making 55.6 percent from the field and 83 percent from the foul line on 7.8 free-throw attempts per game.

Wall also is averaging 21.8 ppg and shooting 52.3 percent during a streak of 14 games with double-digit points.

Wall has put up perfectly acceptable statistics for a No. 1 overall pick -- 16.4 ppg, 8.1 apg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 spg -- during his career, but we have never really seen him dominate for an extended period of time like he has this month.

Blame it on a broken jump shot that now seems like a thing of the past.

Per basketball-reference.com, the former Kentucky Wildcat made just 29.9 percent of his jump shots (183-of-612) in his rookie year and 28.5 percent on jumpers (148-of-519) last season.

In 2012-13, Wall has made nearly as many jumpers as last season with 130, but on 185 fewer attempts. He's shooting 38.9 percent on jump shots this season.

Last July, Wall topped my last of potential 2012-13 fantasy basketball breakouts. A knee injury put a damper on that by keeping Wall out of action for the first two and a half months and limiting him to 26 minutes per game over his first 12 games after returning to the lineup.

But he is averaging 18.2 ppg, 8.2 apg, 4.0 rpg and 1.7 spg while shooting .464/.400/.838 in 25 games since Feb. 2, which was the first game this season he played more than 32 minutes.

With 12 games remaining, there's still time for Wall to build on his March success and finish the season with the best numbers of his career.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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