Battle of No. 1's Wall and Griffin has been one-sided

Battle of No. 1's Wall and Griffin has been one-sided
January 29, 2014, 7:00 pm
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One subplot for Tuesday's Wizards-Warriors matchup involved John Wall having never ended up on the winning end against fellow starry point Stephen Curry. Obviously that's no more.

On Wednesday comes another opportunity for Wall to pick up a first-ever victory against a famous foe and specifically, a fellow No. 1 overall pick. 

The Wizards close out their four-game road swing against the Los Angeles Clippers and Blake Griffin, who went first in 2009 one year before Washington selected Wall. Griffin missed the 2009-10 season with a broken kneecap and then won Rookie of the Year honors in the following year. Wall finished a distant second.

The pair have met six times in the NBA. Griffin's side has won each time, including 113-97 on Dec. 14 despite 24 points and 12 assists from Wall.

In those games, Wall is averaging 22.8 points and 9.2 assists. He's also 0 of 8 on 3-point attempts. Griffin's numbers: 22.7 points on 52.5 percent shooting from the field with 11.3 rebounds.

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Oh, Wall has defeated the Clippers. Last season Washington fended off Los Angeles in D.C. one month after Wall returned from his knee injury. However due to a hamstring injury, the Clippers scratched Griffin at the last minute, ending his 197 consecutive games played streak. 

As always let's note that Wall v. Griffin is more fun than pertinent, especially since they don't play the same position and therefore will rarely find themselves face-to-face on the court. From the team perspective, a victory means a 3-1 road swing - and yes, an overall winning record for the first time since Halloween 2009 and the first time since Wall entered the league.

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