You know how JaVale McGee's minutes and production dipped noticeably earlier this month. We now have a reason why.
After the Feb. 8 loss to the Knicks, the Wizards coaches talked the 7-footer into being checked out by the same doctor who diagnosed McGee atheltic asthma almost two years, according to Michael Lee with the Washington Post. The medical revelation, his tiring symptoms showed more complications.
They said I was breathing at like 75 percent, McGee said of the doctor, who prescribed a different medicine that has helped promote some of his most inspired play of the season. If you cant breathe, you cant do nothing.
Over the a five-game stretch - starting with Feb. 1 game at Orlando and ending with the home date against New York, McGee averaged 22.4 minutes per game. In January he averaged 29.5 minutes.
McGee failed to scored in double figures during that span, averaging six points compared to the 11.6 he averaged in January. Similar dip with rebounds (6.6. vs. 9.3) and blocks (2.0 vs. 3.4)
Since the new prescription, the numbers have soared. In the subsequent two games versus the Heat and Pistons, McGee played 35 minutes in each contest averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds while shooting 64.5 percent (20-31) from the field. His back-to-back 20-point-10-rebound efforts were his first since November 2010 and the fourth-year center had scored only 20 or more points in two other games this season.
Once again kids, we have a learned an important lesson from sports. Breathing is important.