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DC Council Game 3: Wizards 81 at Bucks 102: A Game of Ineligible Points

Updated: December 31, 2011

[The DC Council — After each Wizards game: setting the scene, rating the starters, assessing the bench, providing the analysis, and catching anything that you may have missed. Unlike the real DC Council, everything here is over the table. Game 3 contributors: Rashad Mobley, Arish Narayen and John Converse Townsend.]


Washington Wizards 81 at Milwaukee Bucks 102 [box score]

Quick STAT: 40.5%, 39%, 35.3% — those are the Wizards’ shooting percentages over their first three games. Not exactly progress. But what is these days?

Also, two points… We’ve seen players get credited for buckets than an opponent has accidentally tipped in the basket… But a player’s teammate getting credit for a jumper that he hit? And how on earth was it determined that Rashard Lewis would get recorded for Roger Mason’s ineligible jump shot?

Scene of the Game

The Active Roster.

{A man not on there scored a bucket.}


[via @JohnCTownsend]

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Rashad Mobley, Arish Narayen and John Converse Townsend

<***> Rating the Starting 5, Bench & Coach out of 3 stars.

John Wall

John Wall

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: John Wall’s inauspicious start to the season reveals him as a guy still getting reacquainted with a league that plays defense—and has a rule book. When Wall isn’t traveling, he’s palming the ball; when he isn’t turning the ball over, Wall is searching for scoring solutions at the rim, but coming up empty. Where, oh where has our stud point guard gone?
0.75 Star (out of 3)
NARAYEN: He was thoroughly outplayed by his counterpart, as exemplified by Wall getting lost on defense and giving up a wide open three to Jennings late in the first quarter. He continues to turn the ball over, and drive at the basket (with his head down) until he’s practically underneath the rim.
0.5 Star
MOBLEY: He has yet to control the tempo of any game, and to make matters worse he was out-Wall’d by Brandon Jennings
1 Star

TOTAL: 2.25 out of 9 stars

Nick Young

Nick Young

RASHAD MOBLEY: Young was clearly the best player on the floor for the Wizards in the first two games, but when he was inserted into the starting lineup in Milwaukee, the magic was gone. He missed shots he had been nailing in the first two games, and then two quick fouls had him on the bench with four minutes gone in the first quarter. He was never in sync after that. I still think Nick should come off the bench, but no one is asking or consulting me.
1 Star (out of 3)
NARAYEN: The two early first quarter fouls set the tone for his game. The first one was bad — biting on a Dunleavy shot-fake. The second foul was on a questionable charge drawn by Stephen Jackson. The misfortune continued, as Nick missed several open jumpers on his way to an abysmal shooting night (1-10 FG). At least he had two assists?
0.5 Star
TOWNSEND: Nick Young, the Wizards starting shooting guard, went 1-10 from the field, and accomplished little else against the Bucks in Milwaukee.
0 Stars

TOTAL: 1.5 out of 9 stars

Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Rashard Lewis continues to be one of the more efficient, though wholly unobtrusive Wizards. Lewis will make the right play (and hit some of his shots), but brings little else to the table. He’s a perfectly adequate basketball player, but the Wizards would get more bang for their buck playing Chris Singleton or Trevor Booker at that spot. What would the team have left to lose by doing so?
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: He definitely looked a little more active tonight, but what if this is as good as it gets for Lewis?
1.5 Stars
NARAYEN: Another professional stat line: 32 minutes, 14 points (4-10 FG), and six rebounds. Credited for Roger Mason’s phantom bucket. Say it with me: A-M-N-E-S-T-Y. (Next summer can’t come fast enough, I think.)
1.5 Stars

TOTAL: 4.5 out of 9 stars

Andray Blatche

Andray Blatche

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Andray Blatche has said he needs the ball in the post to be effective, despite being the worst shooter in the league between 3 to 9 feet last year, and appears to be in dire need of a visitor’s guide to the paint. Post Player Blatche spent far too much time circling the perimeter on Friday night and ultimately failed to produce (again) with the ball in his hands. There was even one occasion where Blatche began a possession on the left block, found himself behind the three-point line just moments later, and fired a prayer at the rim as the shot clock expired—airball.
1 Star (out of 3)
NARAYEN: Good effort on the boards, as ‘Dray led the team with 10 of them. His rebounding was offset by his sieve-like defense, and willingness to go 1-on-5 at any given time. Blatche was absolutely abused in the first quarter — Ersan Ilyasova finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists in the first 12 minutes.
1 Star
MOBLEY: Nine points, 10 rebounds, no real presence in the low post, a post-game apologetic tweet, another lackluster day at the office for Blatche.
0.5 Star

TOTAL: 2.5 out of 9 stars

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

ARISH NARAYEN: Epic ‘Vale had a relatively solid game (10 points and 9 rebounds), though Andrew Bogut got the better of the matchup, finishing with 13 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Keeping with routine, McGee bit on some shot fakes and had an incredibly athletic (but blatant) goaltend on Bogut halfway through the first quarter. With 4:40 left in the first, JaVale even attempted a 15-foot baseline jump-shot — he missed it, and was promptly benched for Turiaf. However, it was encouraging to see marginal improvements. He appears to be getting more comfortable with his hook shot, using it to score over post defenders in the lane and on the baseline. McGee even exhibited some awareness of his propensity to throw his body at all shot-fakes. For example, with 4:20 left in the second quarter, JaVale got caught in the air on a Bogut fake, realized it, and somehow avoided a foul call by keeping his arms at his waist. He also showed some rapport with Jordan Crawford; in the fourth quarter, two Jordan Crawford passes led to two ‘Vale dunks.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: He was thoroughly outplayed by Bogut again (no shame in that I suppose), but he continues to take shots that Rashard Lewis should be taking, as opposed to a starting center.
1 Star
TOWNSEND: Hustled, dunked and made the highlight reel: standard operating procedure. Watching McGee begin to play like a seven-footer is delightful.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 4.5 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

RASHAD MOBLEY: Jordan Crawford played the role of Nick Young by carrying the offensive load off the bench. He still forced shots and ball-hogged at times, but given that no one else –including his replacement in the starting lineup–was a consistent threat, he gets a pass. Shelvin Mack played well in extremely limited duty, and Trevor Booker did the whole Trevor Booker hustle thing that he seemingly has down to a science. Chris Singleton was exposed by Shaun Livingston a few times, but there’s no shame in that. And Roger Mason? Well his nemesis tonight was Flip Saunders and/or the Wizards PR staff and/or someone from the Milwaukee Bucks, depending on whose statement you believe.
2 Stars (out of 3)
Sub of the Game: Jordan Crawford
NARAYEN: Crawford led the team in points with 24 and tied with Rashard Lewis for a team-worst plus/minus of minus-20. LOLWUT. Also, I was impressed with Singleton and Booker’s defensive effort, specifically at contesting shots, cleaning up the glass, and clogging the passing lanes. Kudos to Shelvin Mack for making the most of his minutes after the brief, 30 second “how u” from Roger Mason.
2 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Jordan Crawford
TOWNSEND: Trevor Booker needs to be freed once more; he was the only Wizards player with a positive plus-minus (+7). Jordan Crawford did Jordan Crawford-like things, scoring a game-high 24 points on 9-20 shooting (3-7 from deep) and adding five assists. Without J. Craw’s contributions to the stat sheet, Steve Buckhantz would not have had the opportunity to remind faithful viewers that, at one point, the Wizards were only down by nine points.
2 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Jordan Crawford

BENCH TOTAL: 6 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Flip Saunders

The Coach: Flip Saunders

ARISH NARAYEN: Like the SAT, Flip Saunders gets an automatic 0.25 stars for correctly signing his name on the list of active players for the game in Milwaukee. By contrast, Saunders automatically loses 2.75 stars for substituting a player — Roger Mason — whose name WAS NOT EVEN LISTED ON THE ACTIVE GAME ROSTER. Because of this first quarter derp moment by the Wizards’ coaching staff, the team was assessed a technical foul, and Roger Mason was forced to leave the game. Though Wizards’ PR has tried to insist that the incomplete list is their responsibility, the blame lays squarely with Saunders for signing off and subbing Mason for Crawford anyway. I suppose I should be thankful a) seeing something I’d never seen before, and b) for Saunders pre-determining the content of this blurb nine minutes into the game. The Washington Wizards: Where Amazing (Incompetence) Happens.
0.25 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: He looked like a pitcher throwing on two days rest out there, and perhaps that’s the reason Roger Mason was omitted from the active roster. Flip could not motivate his team, he frequently had his head in his hands in disgust, and I couldn’t help but wonder if this game will be the beginning of the end of his Wizards tenure.
0 Stars
TOWNSEND: Does anyone have a good recipe for lemonade? That last batch was sinfully sour.
0 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 0.25 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

w/ Rashad Mobley


Roger Mason, who is generally known as a good guy, and who has been praised by Flip Saunders for his leadership throughout this young season, looked absolutely flustered when he was informed that he was ineligible. He looked at the coach, he looked at the PR staff on the bench, he looked at the referees, other players, and finally at Jackie Miles, the security guy for the Wizards, and no one had the right words to console him. The last word seen coming out of his mouth? “Stupid.” I’m with you Roger.

Fan Tweets

@AverageBro: Wizards set new record for ineptitude: Flip got T after he tried to check in a player who isn’t on the active roster. Real men of genius.

@JimattheBank: @JohnCTownsend That’s really a photo of John Wall’s ticket out of DC as soon as he becomes a free agent #wizards
[reaction after Townsend Tweeted a picture of the Wizard active roster]

Slept-On Moment

  • MOBLEY: Shelvin Mack scored his first points this season, and he looked extremely confident in just nine minutes of play. He hit all three of his shots without a miss, he seemed to get the team in the offense, and he may have earned the right to get an earlier look off the bench against Boston on Sunday. And if Wall continues to struggle… you know what, I won’t even type that sentence. Mack played well, and hopefully he’ll be granted more playing time against Rondo and the Celtics.
  • NARAYEN: With about 7:45 left in the fourth quarter, Chris Singleton stole the ball and, while off-balance, bounced it off a Bucks’ player out-of-bounds to keep possession. Such a heady defensive play is encouraging, and helps explain why Flip Saunders continues to give Singleton burn off the bench (24 minutes versus Milwaukee). Given the complete lack of wing-defenders on the roster, Singleton has already carved out a nice spot in the Wizards’ rotation.
  • TOWNSEND: With 3:27 left in the first quarter, Roger Mason checked in at the scorer’s table. Seven seconds later, he sank a baseline jumper—one that would be eventually be credited to Rashard Lewis after Mason’s ejection from the contest. See, at the next stop in play, with 2:53 left in the opening quarter, the Wizards were charged with a technical foul for playing an ineligible player. Roger Mason was somehow omitted from the active roster and therefore ineligible to enter the game. Was the Wizards Public Relations team at fault? Was Flip Saunders? Either way, the Wizards clearly wasn’t prepared to play, and it showed. What a debacle.

End Scene


Saunders expressed disappointment in Wall after the game, saying, “He wasn’t good.”

[via Michael Lee, Washington Post]

{Jordan Crawford, scoreboard face.}

[Screen Shot via Comcast]


  1. joe chase

    December 31, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Nice profile of this ongoing mess. What could they get for Blatche?

  2. John Weiss

    December 31, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Arish deserves three points for the funniest description of the Roger Mason faux pas.

  3. dave

    December 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    3 games in – time to blow it up. Get rid of ‘Dray and give his minutes to Booker and Seraphin.

  4. Ed Johnson

    December 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    The team tuned out Flip Saunders 2 years ago. If Grunfield doesn’t fire Flip then Ted Leonsis should fire them both!

  5. Thomloverosthirdchin

    December 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I dont know what gives anybody on this board(myself included) the right to expect anything different…historically,this franchise plays from january to the all star break

  6. Thomloverosthirdchin

    December 31, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    True wizardry…performing ther mastery of the Nba…now I know why the name wont change…who else can make twenty point leads and contracts disappear like this franchise???abracadabra……….

  7. Chris

    December 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Most distressing is John Wall’s demeanor and body language on the court. Poor kid looks like he wants to cry out there, and who can blame him? You couldn’t get me to play in a pickup game with Nick Young or Andray Blatche, let along a full season with both of them.

  8. szr

    December 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Outside of McGee, is there any Wizard starter who would start on any other NBA team? I’m not trying to be snarky – I’m being serious. Does anyone else feel like our whole team is a second unit?

  9. szr

    December 31, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Also, I’m pretty much done giving Flip Saunders a pass. That technical was inexcusable. He and Grunfeld should spend next year in the announcing booth for a radio station or something. They both are all talk.

  10. Robert

    January 1, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Flip and Grunfeld have got to go. 6 days into the nba season and it’s pretty obvious that the Wizards are the worst team in the nba. The nets are the second worst team, and they came back from twenty something on the wiz and won.

    Rubio, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, Darren Collinson, DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, ty lawson, hansborough….all guys the wiz could have had at #5 in 09 draft…instead they got 1 year of mike miller and randy foye. I would take a lot of those guys over john wall….lawson, holiday, curry, jennings

  11. aj

    January 1, 2012 at 5:55 am

    I would take lawson and curry over wall, but not jennings or holiday. The first two can really shoot and lawson is just as quick as wall. Jennings is not that good and he shot 37 and 41 percent in his first two years. Jrue Holiday is nice too, but wall still has more upside than all of these guys that ernie passed up in the 09 draft.

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