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Happening Elsewhere: Wall Puts Up Triple-Double in 6th Career Game, Yao Goes Down Again

Jan 11, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Wall-wizards Not a bad rookie season thusfar for the young Kentucky point guard. Just a few games after coming a steal away from racking his first triple-double against the Sixers (and popularizing the Dougie among middle-aged sportswriters in the process), Wall officially threw it down against the Rockets in the team’s second win of the season. 19 points, 13 assists and ten dimes, with all-time great point guard Magic Johnson watching from the crowd. All in all, it’s just another brick in the amazing debut year for Wall, where he’s averaging 19 points, ten assists, four boards and a league-leading 3.2 steals. (And five TOs, but who’s counting?)

News less worth celebrating from the same game was the fate of Yao Ming, the Rockets’ perennially-maladied big man. After sitting out all of last season with a left-foot injury, the original Great Wall came down awkwardly on Wizards forward Andray Blatche going for a board, and left the game with a strained tendon in the same foot. Already in limited minutes, the Rockets can ill afford to lose Yao for a long stretch of games at this point, having put themselves behind the eight ball in their first seven games with a 1-6 start.

Back to Wall, it looked going into the season that he and previous #1 overall pick Blake Griffin of the Clippers (16 ppg, 10 rpg) would put up a hell of a battle for the Rookie of the Year award, and thusfar, neither have disappointed. It might end up coming down to which player’s team can manage to turn things around a little by the end of the year–probably an easier task for the Wizards in the East, where a .500 record should be more than enough for a spot in the post-season.