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DC Council Game 11: Wizards 89 at Sixers 120: Rebuilding Apathy

Updated: January 14, 2012

[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 11 contributors over television screen: Rashad Mobley, Arish Narayen, and Kyle Weidie.]


Washington Wizards 89 at Philadelphia 76ers 120 [box score]


Philadelphia got 36 points off of 19 Wizards team turnovers. Usually after Washington gave the ball away, they at least cared enough to cross the half court line, but the Sixers often scored anyway. The shooting confidence was inspired by space given from a defeated Wizards attitude.

Scene of the Game

Examples of John Wall in the 3rd Quarter, a video:

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Rashad Mobley, Arish Narayen and Kyle Weidie

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

John Wall

John Wall

KYLE WEIDIE: Wall, as evidenced by the scene of the game, was dogging it and completely off his game in the early going of the third quarter. I imagine that Wall’s “camp” has been whispering in ears about the frustrations regarding the pieces around Wall. He said this after game 6 in Orlando: “Everybody going for their own. And we don’t have anybody on our team that can just go get his own bucket whenever. You see everybody being selfish on the offensive end and on the defensive end, we’re not trusting each other … If we don’t find a way to play together and win games, it could get ugly this whole season.” But more and more, he’s adding himself to the problem, not the answer. Something needs to change fast and he knows it. Flip took Wall out with about 3:15 left in the third and he didn’t see the court again. In 28 minutes he had seven points on 3-8 shooting, one trip to the free-throw line, five turnovers, five assists, four rebounds, and tied Trevor Booker with a team-worst minus-26.
0.25 Star (out of 3)
MOBLEY: The good news is that he did not get severely outplayed by the opposing point guard, Jrue Holiday.  The bad news–especially if you’re Flip Saunders–is that Wall appeared to give up on the team in the third quarter.  People can say summer league basketball has no bearing on the regular season, but during those exhibition games, when most players don’t appear to give much of a damn, Wall always did.  Last night he did not.
0.5 Star
NARAYEN: An abysmal game for Wall as he continues to dribble into traffic, still cannot shoot, and generally was unable to get the offense in rhythm. These problems were made worse by the fact that Wall was dogging it defensively — Lou Williams got whatever he wanted on the court. Seemingly because of his poor effort and body language, Wall was benched with ~3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and would not return.
0.5 Star

TOTAL: 1.25 out of 9 stars

Nick Young

Nick Young

RASHAD MOBLEY: With about 4:52 left in the first quarter, Nick Young had the ball on the perimeter, and JaVale McGee was jockeying for position in the post.  Last year, I could certainly empathize with Young’s reluctance to feed McGee in the post, but this year McGee has been much more efficient–not mention Spencer Hawes came into the game with a bad back.  Young dribbled, pivoted, and continued to pivot until finally he forced up a fade away jumper that did not go in.  Meanwhile, McGee was open the entire time. Young scored nine of his 12 points in the first quarter, and he was a non-factor after that.  It is no coincidence that the Wizards offense has suffered as a result.
1 Star (out of 3)
NARAYEN: ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO. The Gunner Extraordinaire managed to go 5-10 from the field, despite shooting contested fadeaways repeatedly. His D on Jodie Meeks also made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. My thoughts on Nick Young, summed up in a tweet by @MrMichaelLee: “No way the play coming out of timeout involved Nick Young dribbling into a double team, dribbling out, then shooting a contested J”
1 Star
WEIDIE: Nick Young is in full-on free agent mode now and likely for the rest of the season. Whatever that means, good for him. 11 points on 5-10 shooting with two assists (TWO!) and two turnovers in 25 minutes is the third or fourth best night on a very bad team in a horrible loss. Wonder how much that is worth on the open market.
0.75 Star

TOTAL: 2.75 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

ARISH NARAYEN: With about 8:25 left in the first quarter, Singleton stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for a nice slam. The Sixers’ defenders seemed more surprised than anything. Throw in a couple made free throws (off a nice ‘Vale pass to Singleton under the basket), and that totaled Singleton’s offensive output for the night. Chris played some solid D on Iguodala, causing him to settle for outside shots early on. However, Singleton was forced to give up some minutes to Rashard Lewis, as Chris had two fouls within the first eight minutes of the game. He also showed some nice effort trying to spoil a Philly fast break after a Wall TO halfway through the third quarter. Effort aside, Chris was still relegated to the bench (along with the other starters) by the fourth quarter.
1 Star (out of 3)
MOBLEY: To his credit, Singleton seemed to be one of the few Wizards who brought intensity on both ends of the floor last night.  But for some reason, Flip only played Singleton just 19 minutes.  Maybe Flip has big plans for him tonight when they play the Sixers again and didn’t want him to waste his energy on a game that could not be salvaged.
1 Star
WEIDIE: Singleton may not be a hype man, but trying hard seems to be part of his DNA. He’s learning through this fire. Being a rookie in a losing pro environment like this one can’t be easy.
1.25 Stars

TOTAL: 3.25 out of 9 stars

Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker

RASHAD MOBLEY: There will be some games when Trevor Booker’s hustle and athleticism will allow him to dominate his opponents on both ends of the floor.  There will also be times when Booker’s lack of offensive polish and and size will cause him to be a bit overmatched. Tonight, the few times the Sixers chose to go to Elton Brand, Booker could not handle his strength. And on the offensive end of the floor, Booker was unable to utilize his speed advantage. Eight points and six rebounds is fine off the bench, but it won’t make anyone believe that he’s a long-term replacement for Blatche in the starting lineup.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
NARAYEN: Book’s stats appear pedestrian (8 points and 6 rebounds), but he didn’t get enough burn in this blow out (20 minutes). Still. Better. Than. Blatche.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: We like Booker. But he has his inefficiencies and is simply not completely ready to battle against the likes of Elton Brand. It’s good that he’s getting time now, you just hope that he’s learning amidst the mess around him.
1.25 Stars

TOTAL: 4.25 out of 9 stars

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

ARISH NARAYEN: Another uneven performance for JaVale. He seemed to be a focus of the offense early; on multiple possessions in the first quarter, McGee caught the ball on the block and tried to post up Spencer Hawes. This was an individual matchup the Wizards had to exploit, and they failed miserably. Though he routinely got his hook shot off over Hawes, JaVale could not buy a bucket, finishing both too weak and too strong. Seraphin got nearly as many minutes (22 to JaVale’s 25), as Flip opted to bench McGee twice for exceedingly dumb turnovers (and because the starters were out for the entire fourth quarter). ‘Vale also had some trouble defensively, sagging into the paint while point-center Hawes found cutting guards three separate times, and not closing out on a Vucevic elbow jumper late in the first quarter. One encouraging bit: with about 4:30 left in the second quarter, Epic Vale actually made a jump shot from the FT line. Also, ‘Vale was close to having numerous blocks, if not for Lou Williams’ uncanny ability to scoop layups over the Wookie’s hands.
1 Star (out of 3)
MOBLEY: After last night’s game McGee said he wanted to delete twitter, and that Twitter was all negative.  I guess JaVale thinks the fans want to see him shoot ill-advised jumpers from the foul line and take his team out of the set offense, while opposing center Spencer Hawes put on a passing clinic.
1 Star
WEIDIE: I guess in JaVale’s mind, a couple of games with decent effort gives him the right to take whatever crappy shots that he wants. And that’s just about all you can say about his game in Philly.
0.5 Star

TOTAL: 2.5 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

RASHAD MOBLEY: In honor of JaVale McGee’s request for positivity, I am going to look for good in the bench’s performance last night.  Rashard Lewis scored 16 points in garbage time, still, seeing the ball go in the basket that often could very well be the push he needs to break out of this slump. Jordan Crawford scoring 12 points was not all that special, but his five assists definitely were, considering he could have easily gunned it.  Kevin Seraphin scored 12 points, and looked a lot less sluggish than he has this season, and Shelvin Mack continued to make fans wonder why he doesn’t play more meaningful minutes.  The Wizards bench cut a 34 points Sixers lead to 16 points in the fourth quarter, before running out of steam. Now they just need to follow the lead of Lou Williams, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young and focus on coming up big when it matters.
1.75 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Rashard Lewis
NARAYEN: Rashard Lewis and Jordan Crawford: garbage time all-stars. The Wizards’ reserves — a lineup of Mack, Mason, Crawford, Lewis, and Seraphin — made a nice little run to start the fourth quarter, cutting a 30+ point lead to 16 at one point. Vesely got some burn in this lineup as well, but continued to look lost offensively. The reserves’ success was fleeting, as the Sixers were unconscious from the three point line and got a bucket whenever they needed. Seraphin’s performance was a breath of fresh air.
1.5 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Kevin Seraphin
WEIDIE: Hey look! The Wizards almost sort of got the Seattle Rashard Lewis back, but not really. But give the 32-year old credit, he tried the most out of all the Wizards last night, which is also sad in its own right. Lewis is 6-25 from long distance on the year, a whopping 24-percent, so that hurts. Otherwise, the bench guys got time because the effort from the starters was terrible… and maybe one day that will make Kevin Seraphin’s 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in 22 minutes worth it.
1.25 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Rashard Lewis

BENCH TOTAL: 4.5 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Flip Saunders

The Coach: Flip Saunders

ARISH NARAYEN: Perhaps he got sick of watching the terrible body language and lax defensive effort, but I wholeheartedly agreed with Flip’s decision to bench the entire starting lineup after a third quarter that saw the Sixers outscore Washington by 25 points. If the purported star of this team (Wall) was going to be a sieve defensively AND make bad decisions on offense, Flip was right to bench him for the last 15 minutes of the game. Also, good on you for benching ‘Vale after those awful passes, Flip. If not for that decision, we would not have gotten to see the ’emergence’ of Kevin Seraphin. A sixth of the way through the season, it seems wholesale benching may be the only way Flip can get through to his young starters.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: This is all you need to know about last night’s coaching battle between Flip and Doug Collins. The Wizards jumped out to a 12-8 lead, a furious Collins called timeout with 7:56 left in the first quarter, and the Sixers went on a 12-2 run and took the lead 20-14 in a little over two and a half minutes. Flip was mildly annoyed and called timeout to make his adjustments, but the Sixers pushed their lead to 10 points and never looked back. The Sixers love playing for Collins, the Wizards seem to tolerate Flip.
1 Star
WEIDIE: Flip Saunders has had two great quotes this season: 1) “I was tired of looking at that sh*t,” said after taking his starters out early in the second half of preseason game 1, and 2) “We can’t keep on using the excuse that we’re young.” BUT, those aren’t even the best two quotes from his tenure in Washington, which are, 2) “I didn’t sign up for this,” and 1) “Don’t think it can’t get any worse because it can.” Yep, these are the Wizards.
0.25 Star

COACH TOTAL: 2.75 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

w/ Kyle Weidie

Really late in the second quarter, the Wizards were holding within 10 points at 58-48. Elton Brand made a strong post move against Trevor Booker, understandable. Sixers up 12 points. So what do the Wizards do on offense? JaVale McGee then took this jumper shot with 12 seconds on the shot clock, preserved in GIF form. The Sixers closed the first half up 54-40.


Top Tweets

@malitzd: After games like this (read: most of them) Wizards should be forced to film apology ads like BP execs after an oil spill

@SPIN_DOCTA: I know my wiz suck this year, but just need to point out this is really how they’ve been past 4 seasons. Kinda numb by now.

@blairangela: I don’t tweet about the #wizards because I don’t want to talk about the #wizards. I can barely watch a full game these days

Slept-On Moment

  • MOBLEY: Last year when the Sixers and Wizards faced off, all the talk centered around how Wall was starting and dazzling, while Evan Turner was coming off the bench and struggling to please Doug Collins.  This season Wall is still starting and Turner is still a bench player, but Wall’s level of play has dropped preciptiously, while Turner is a steady contributor off the bench.  Tonight Wall quit on his team and watched the fourth quarter from bench, while Turner was on the floor during the rout and played a fine all around game (12 points, four assists, five rebounds).
  • NARAYEN: Poor shot selection and repeated (19) turnovers led to 32 fast break points for Philly. Late in the first quarter, one particularly bad pass from Wall to Booker led to Elton Brand going coast-to-coast and finishing with a layup. I wasn’t aware Elton Brand could still jump. Apparently, he can.
  • WEIDIE: Doug Collins’ face upon calling timeout with his team down 12-8: Classic (picture below). The Sixers responded to him and never looked back. Flip Saunders’ team seems to respond to him less than 10-percent of the time, at best

End Scene


“You can say it over and over again. I guess you’ve got to beat it in their head. We got to play with each other. It’s not a one-on-one game. It’s five-on-five.”

—Rashard Lewis on Wizards Groundhog Day, via Washington Times


 [screen shot via Comcast]

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