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BBNBA: John Wall has a big opening night, Wizards fall short

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  • John Wall started the season with an impressive showing, as his speed and athleticism were put on display throughout the game. Wall led his team in points with 26, assists with 9, blocks with 3, and in plus/minus at +6. He was clearly the best player on the floor for the Wizards; however, much like in year’s past, his efforts were not enough. Heat forward and Wizard killer Kelly Olynk had a game winning put back to give Miami the W. It appears that Washington’s strategy of perennially making no attempt to bring in help for Wall and Bradley Beal is not a smart strategy.
  • On the flip side of the Wizards vs Heat game, Bam Adebayo had a quiet night for Miami. He played 17 minutes, scoring 4 points and pulling down an impressive 9 boards.
  • Update: LeBron James is still good at basketball, even on the West Coast. Last night was the beginning of the Lebron Era in Los Angeles and he was making highlights early and often. Unfortunately for Laker fans, they’ll have to wait for their first win as the Trail Blazers spoiled opening night in LA. Former Cat Rajon Rondo got the start over Lonzo “I’m scared of De’Aaron Fox” Ball in the season opener, finishing with a points-assists double double.
  • Tyler Ulis checked in for the final 49.7 seconds of the Chicago Bulls’ first game of the year and did not accumulate any stats. Hopefully, over time, Ulis can become a contributor on the second line for the Bulls.


PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
John Wall (WASH)113-112 loss to Heat269-16 (1-6)39133+636
Bam Adebayo (MIAMI)113-112 win over Wizards41-4 (0-0)90003+417
Rajon Rondo (LAL)128-119 loss to Trail Blazers136-13 (1-2)411103+932
Tyler Ulis (CHI)127-108 loss to 76ers00-0 (0-0)00000+01





  • Charlotte Hornets (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Malik Monk) at Orlando Magic, 7pm ET
  • New York Knicks (Enes Kanter, Kevin Knox) at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30pm ET
  • Boston Celtics at Toronto Raptors, 8pm ET
  • Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves (Karl-Anthony Towns), 8pm ET
  • Atlanta Hawks (Alex Poythress) at Memphis Grizzlies (Andrew Harrison), 8pm ET
  • Sacramento Kings (Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, De’Aaron Fox)  at New Orleans Pelicans (Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Darius Miller), 8pm ET
  • Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks (Eric Bledsoe), 8:30pm ET
  • Golden State Warriors (DeMarcus Cousins) at Utah Jazz, 10:30pm ET
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson, Nerlens Noel, Hamidou Diallo) at Los Angeles Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander), 10:30pm ET


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

6 Comments for BBNBA: John Wall has a big opening night, Wizards fall short

  1. binarysolo
    11:43 am October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Ugh, yeah, minutes will be tough to come by for Ulis as there are 3 PGs ahead of him: LaVine, Payne, Arcidiacono. Let him set the D-League on fire and sign with someone who actually needs a PG.

    • DelrayCat
      1:52 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s be real here…as much as we all like Ulis and he was a great college player…he will never be more than a 3rd string PG in the NBA. Just too small and not really athletic like a Spud Webb or AI. He may be better off in China playing for the XinJiang Flying Tigers or the Shanxi Brave Dragons…like Jimmer.

  2. Ridge Runner
    12:42 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    I hate John missed that 22 footer which would have sealed the victory in the closing secs though.

  3. DelrayCat
    1:48 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    The fact that Otto Porter is the highest paid player on the Wizards tells you all you need to know.

  4. Parker_UKFanNC
    1:58 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Isaiah Briscoe plays for Orlando but wasn’t included

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    2:43 pm October 19, 2018 Permalink

    Big cuz to the wizards… Seriously though.