Clearly, the New Year hasn't gone according to plan for the Wizards, who fell to 2-5 in January following Saturday's wild home loss to the Houston Rockets. There are the broad scenarios to ponder, like what's with an 0-4 home record, but 2-1 on the road. There are also individual numbers to ponder. We do that starting with Washington's backcourt.
January: 17.1 points, 6.9 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 2.9 turnovers, 35.1 FG%, 35.7 3pt%
Season: 19.6 points, 8.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 turnovers 41.5 FG%, 32.1 3pt%
*Wait, so Wall is shooting better from distance than inside the arc this month? Sure is. His 2pt% in January is 34.9 percent compared to 44.2 on the season. In other words the high degree of difficulty layups and drives are not falling right now. The decline in assists matches up with Washington's drop in field goal percentage from 44.3 overall to 41.5 in January.
January: 14.1 points, 2.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 turnovers, 1.4 3-pointers, 36.7 FG%, 37.0 3pt%
Season: 17.5 points, 2.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 turnovers, 2.3 3-pointers, 40.3 FG%, 44.4 3pt%
*For starters, restrictions have led to Beal playing 28 minutes per game, six less than his season average. He's taking 1.2 fewer attempts from beyond this month compared to his season numbers. Perhaps biggest difference comes from the FT line where Beal, an 80 percent shooter on the season, is 9 for 14 (64 percent) this month, though he went 5 of 5 versus the Rockets.