VIDEO: Martell Photobombs & Wall’s Mississippi Pimps: Temple Tries to Give an Interview
[WAIT, Garrett Temple's middle name is "Bartholomew" ... How am I just now realizing this?]
Temple has eased the pain of #MaynorTime, somewhat. People, casual fans, aren’t so quick to recognize the value brought by Temple’s defense and steady, trustworthy hand. He had a slow start to the season, picked things up in late December, and has been all a coach could ask for most of 2014. (At least according to Randy Wittman’s likely expectations—essentially, Temple is finally playing the way expected after Washington re-signed him for one season at the veteran’s minimum not long into last July’s free agency period. Wizards honcho Ernie Grunfeld at the time:
“His defensive ability, toughness and team-first attitude make him an excellent fit in our system and provide a great example of the culture we are building.”
True words, Ernie, true words.
In particular, over the last three games, all Wizards wins, Temple has led a unit of Bradley Beal, Martell Webster, Trevor Booker, and Nene to plus-1 in plus/minus over 21 total minutes. It might not sound like much, but there’s a lot of value in being able to spell John Wall for that chunk of time. In his 38 total minutes over the three games, Temple is plus-10 with 19 points on 10 shots with seven assists and one turnover. Steady does it. (Plus, that defensive possession against LeBron James the other night … seen in the Vine below.)
So propers to Temple for his work on the court, and, well, for putting up with John Wall and Martell Webster off of the court, particularly when he’s trying to give a post-game interview. Just watch: