John Wall seeks first-ever win over Stephen Curry

John Wall seeks first-ever win over Stephen Curry
January 28, 2014, 8:45 am
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John Wall's list of notable accomplishments and milestones grows each season. There are however some goals he's yet to attain. For the moment, he has never been to be named an NBA All-Star. As everyone that follows the Wizards is painfully aware, Wall has never been on a team with a winning record. Tops on the list, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010 still waits for his first postseason appearance.

Here's a lesser-known item yet to be checked off Wall's to-do list: beat Stephen Curry.

The point-producing point guards have met five times as NBA players. Curry and his Golden State Warriors have won all five against Wall and the Wizards. The sixth meeting comes Tuesday night in California with coverage on CSN starting at 10:30 p.m.

Curry and Wall met twice late during the 2010-11 season, Wall's first in the NBA, followed by single meetings in each of the next two seasons. The pair last met on January 5 at the Verizon Center, posting identical 14 points, 10 assists stat lines. Also identical, the end result going in Golden State's favor with a 114-96 victory.

As for the individual matchups, Curry gets the edge in most categories, though not the in the most point guard-y of all stats, assists. Wall averages 9.0 per game versus Curry's 5.6. Of course, Dell's son hasn't historically performed like a true pass-first point guard largely because he seemingly makes every shot from any distance or angle. 

Curry tops Wall in points (20.0 to 16.0), field goal percentage (49.3 to 45.8), 3-point shooting (44.8 to 28.6) and surprisingly rebounds (4.0 to 2.8). Washington's star has the slight edge in steals (1.6 to 1.2) and turnovers (2.4 to Curry's 2.6)

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Neither team enters the matchup with any particular momentum; both sides are 5-5 over their last 10 games. On the player side, Curry went for 38 points with five 3-pointers plus eight assists in Golden State's 103-88 victory over Portland on Sunday. Meanwhile Wall had a rather lethargic outing versus the Jazz on Saturday, finishing with 13 points on 4 of 14 shooting from the floor with just four assists.

Most of all, the Wizards (21-22) lost in Utah, dropping them once again below .500. One win on Tuesday over Curry and the Warriors puts Washington right back to even-steven. One would also allow Wall to check off another item off his to-do list.

Oh, one more item in Curry's favor: He remains part of Team USA, Wall does not. For a guy talking about using the non-invitation as motivation, Tuesday would seem like a great opportunity for Wall to do just that.

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