For the second time in recent days, it’s Jan Vesely making an appearance on Pass of the Night for receiving the pass. The other day it came from John Wall. Last night, it came courtesy of Garrett Temple.
Garrett Temple? Who is that, you might ask. Well Garrett Temple plays for the Washington Wizards, as you may have gathered by now. He’s a reserve small forward, and has been playing about 10-15 minutes a night so far this year. Bouncing around various leagues since his days at LSU, the Wizards are Temple’s sixth NBA team, and his tenth professional team.
In last night’s win over the New York Knicks, Temple got 15 minutes, scoring 2 points, handing out 2 assists and grabbing 1 rebound. An unremarkable game, except for his beautiful pass to Jan Vesely that brought him the honor of the latest spot on Pass of the Night.
In the middle of the 4th quarter, Marcin Gortat snatched a rebound and found Temple with the outlet pass down the right side of the court. Pushing the ball hard, Temple created a fast break when there really shouldn’t have been one given the numbers the Knicks had back on defense. Just past half court, Temple spotted Jan Vesely sprinting towards the hoop, with Amar’e Stoudemire on his back. Temple fired a bounce pass through traffic that hit Vesely in stride and gave the big man an easy dunk.
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