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DC Council Game 23: Wizards 89 at Raptors 106: Wizards Head South, North of The Border

Updated: February 4, 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 23 contributors: Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis), Arish Narayen, and Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It).]


Washington Wizards 89 at Toronto Raptors 106 [box score]

Stat of The Game

w/ Arish Narayen

Toronto was +24 in rebounding margin and set a franchise record in rebounds with 61. Of the 61 rebounds, a ridiculous 23 were offensive; by comparison, the Wizards had 11 offensive rebounds (37 total). The Raptors’ rebounding dominance happened without Bargnani, but Toronto’s job was made easy by Washington’s unwillingness to corral their misses.

Scene of the Game

A Dangerous Play.

The Washington Wizards: the highest highs, the lowest lows, and this…

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Adam McGinnis, Arish Narayen, and Kyle Weidie

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

John Wall

John Wall

ADAM McGINNIS: John was invisible for most of the first half before waking up late in second quarter. Overall, the bright spot was drilling three mid-range jump shots in confidence without his customary ugly hitch. The bad is Wall only recorded four assists while his point guard counterpart Jose Calderon had 17 dimes.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
NARAYEN: Made some jumpshots on P&R plays, but got out-hustled
and cut up in the passing lanes by Calderon. The most disappointing part of
the loss was the Wizards’ complete lack of ball movement on offense; that
responsibility begins and ends with Wall. Washington had as many blocks as assists (13), and shot 37.9% from the field.
1.25 Stars
WEIDIE: The more comfortable Wall got with his jumper, the less the Raptors cared, because the Wizards point guard didn’t leave much of an imprint on the game, aside from once letting the Canadians ‘ooh and aah’ when Calderon pulled a slick spin move to turn down a screen and get Wall turned around (No, not ‘oohs and aahs’ as defined by Flip Saunders, which is booing Andray Blatche). Wall tried sometimes, but left too many glaring holes in his night and trying to establish it — watching Calderon get an offensive rebound put-back right in front of him with just 3:30 left in the first quarter was pretty bad. An especially poor ending to the first half, jumping to pass to no one there and travelling, seemed to set a tone that he couldn’t kick. Invisible in the first half? Only 6 points and 1 rebound of Wall’s 15 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds came after intermission. Wittman put him back in with the Wizards down 15 with 6:18 left, but no games would be changed on this night; Wall was back on the bench less than 2.5 minutes later.
1 Star

TOTAL: 3.75 out of 9 stars

Nick Young

Nick Young

ARISH NARAYEN: This was a typical Nick Young game. He led the team in scoring with 21 points, attempting numerous inefficient shots to get there. The difference seems to be that Nick’s shots go in when the Wizards need a bucket to stop a run; they miss badly when Washington closes the gap and needs a bucket to seize control of the game. When things are going well, Nick’s made buckets come within the flow of the offense; when things are going badly, ISO-Nick abounds. There is no denying that Young is a very talented scorer, but his reputation as a ‘black hole’ on offense is well deserved. Last night, on multiple possessions, Nick got the ball with the shot-clock under 10 seconds. Like other teams familiar with the Wizards, Toronto sent multiple defenders at Nick immediately. Why? Because they know he’s shooting anyway. Young gets an extra quarter-of-a-star for stripping Jerryd Bayless in the first quarter, retrieving the steal and … managing to turn the ball over in transition.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Similar to Magic game, Nick tried to keep the team in it with his offense late but eventually it was not enough.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: Seems like there is an unspoken rule where Nick Young takes an individual fading jumper on the first couple of possessions… to get it out of his system. Whomever has come up with this plan doesn’t realize that such shots are connected to Nick like an IV. You know how Kobe works to get teammates established? Nick Young wears Kobe shoes, that’s about it. The scene: Young misses his third jumper in four tries in the game’s first five minutes. Steve Buckhantz says, “That’s not a good shot,” but before we know it, Young is stealing the ball from Toronto’s Jerryd Bayless… but before we know it, Young is almost bumbling the ball into a turnover before getting blocked at the rim by James Johnson, his fifth shot in the first 5:04.
1.25 Stars

TOTAL: 4.25 out of 9 stars

Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis

McGINNIS: Sweet Lew looked stuck in mud throughout the opening half by laboring around the court. Lewis showcased that he still has some old man game left in the post by making several shots from the block, which fueled a Wizards third quarter comeback. He was unable to carry over any hot 3-point touch from his stellar shooting in Orlando and his defense was suspect all evening.
1 Star (out of 3)
NARAYEN: Rashard Lewis is six points shy of 15,000 for his career. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he won’t pass that mark on a 3-point shot, as his long-distance woes continue: he was 0 for 3 from behind the arc last night, and is shooting 26.9% from 3-point range on the season.
0.5 Stars
WEIDIE: The Wizards’ ‘big run’ out of halftime consisted of 8 Rashard Lewis points on 3 FGs and 2 FTs in the first three minutes of the third. Otherwise, Lewis missed his other seven shots over the rest of the game (0 for 3 from deep) and nabbed 4 rebounds, 0 assists in 31 minutes. Exactly.
0.75 Stars

TOTAL: 2.25 out of 9 stars

Jan Vesely

Jan Vesely

ARISH NARAYEN: Jan had a nice drive and layup on James Johnson early in the first quarter, but otherwise did not contribute in an ugly game. After his second foul, Vesely came out for Booker six minutes into the first quarter, and was out for the rest of the first half. When he got back on the floor in the third quarter, Vesely bit badly on a shot-fake, was charged with his fourth foul, and was subsequently benched for the remainder of the game.
0.5 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Jan picks up fouls quicker than iTunes makes you update their software. He looked overmatched in all aspects.
0 Stars
WEIDIE: Welcome to America, here is some Muscle Milk. Hopefully Jan continuing to start is not unswallowed pride by Randy Wittman. The kid’s a bit overwhelmed by starting at this point, clearly… or something. It was cute for a second because it was different, but time to change something up.
0 Stars

TOTAL: 0.5 out of 9 stars

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

KYLE WEIDIE: Some may look at McGee’s stat line and say, ‘8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in 17 minutes? Play him more, coach!’ No, no, no, no sir… McGee was horrible. His arms weren’t active in P&R passing lanes, he floated around allowing Jamaal Magloire to get offensive rebounds, he picked up silly fouls, he threw mini tantrums when he couldn’t convert at the rim (see GIF at the bottom of this post… and this was all in the first quarter. On the night he went 2-8 on FGs, was riddled with foul trouble, and laid out a really nice rug that pulled the room together for Toronto to snag 23 offensive rebounds.
0 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: JaVale played only 17 minutes due to foul trouble and mistakes, especially in pick-and-roll defensive situations.
0.5 Stars
NARAYEN: Abysmal game for ‘Vale, as he couldn’t finish around the rim (8 points on 2-8 shooting) and grabbed less rebounds than Jose Calderon, the Raptors’ point guard. McGee’s bad performance is exacerbated by the fact that the Raptors were without Bargnani, which presumably allowed ‘Vale to hang out in the paint and reduced the need for his unsightly decisions on perimeter D. Against a combination of Amir Johnson / Aaron Gray / and Jamaal MagLOLoire, McGee couldn’t get it done. But hey, at least he had some impressive blocks?
0.5 Stars

TOTAL: 1 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

ADAM McGINNIS: The mob mentality of the youngsters which shined vs. Orlando was missing in Toronto. The Raptors ruled the glass, corralled more loose balls and outscored Wizards bench 63-35. Booker keeps being a steady offensive spark plug with nifty post moves and draining multiple Js. Kevin Seraphin had a few blocks but provided little resistance in rebound department by missing repeated box outs. Your backup center can not play 25 minutes and finish with two boards. Jordan Crawford played in and out of control. Mack had some positive burn in limited action. Singleton was a complete nonfactor; his rookie slump continues.
0.5 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Trevor Booker
NARAYEN: Perhaps it was because he didn’t start, but Trevor Booker played with an intensity lacking in the rest of the team. He showed different variations of his offensive game, posting people up and making a couple long 2s. On the defensive end, he chipped in a couple blocks and actually attempted to snag rebounds. Cook Book finished 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. And even though his shot selection still hurts my soul, I was encouraged by Jordan Crawford trying to get others involved (3 assists).
1 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Trevor Booker
WEIDIE: Well, you can’t expect Kevin Seraphin and Shelvin Mack to have career nights every night. Actually, Mack was solid as usual versus the Raptors; Seraphin finished with 0 points, 2 defensive rebounds and 4 blocks in 25 minutes. Kevin tried to get tough a couple times, but his whole timing was off — missed a couple defensive assignments, took a questionable jumper. Booker scored 13 with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks off the bench, but didn’t do much to neutralize Toronto’s paint presence, as he was a team-low minus-14. Remember Chris Singleton? My dad’s probably making jokes about him being on the back of a milk carton right now.
0.75 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Trevor Booker

BENCH TOTAL: 2.25 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

KYLE WEIDIE: It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why Wittman couldn’t get his team going north of the border, but the fact is, for the first time since he took over, his team failed him. The coach had plenty of guys try in earnest, but it was clear that after getting punched in the mouth by Toronto’s aggressiveness on the offensive boards early, they were never about to recover. Not sure if this caused the selfishness on offense or not. In any case, like many on the season, that was a game to forget. The key and the scrutiny will be on how Wittman’s team responds against the Clippers at home tonight.
0.75 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Coach’s post game assessment that Raptors dominated in all facets was spot on. When the game was slipping away late in the third quarter, Wittman should have probably called a timeout to stem the momentum. The team never really quit but did lacked any toughness and Andray Blatche was not around to blame that on.
1 Star
NARAYEN: By the coach’s own admission, the Wiz came out flat, gave poor effort, and generally were not ready to play. For a team with no practice time that wants to ‘get out and run’, Wittman needs to impress upon his players that securing the defensive rebound is a good first step in any fastbreak.
0.5 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 2.25 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Scene

The JaVale McGee Reaction GIFs

[“You’re growns up and you’re growns up and you’re growns up.”
-Vince Vaughn’s character, Trent, in the movie Swingers]

Top Tweets

@StillUnknown85: Amir Johnson is all-star of the night courtesy of Washington’s defense

@HoopPlusTheHarm: Nick Young has been dunked on by DeRozan before. He’s not letting it happen again. Good, hard foul.

@CarbonPrimo: Did I just hear unedited music playing in Toronto? Canadians get it IN!

End Scene


“But we’ve got to get better and we are getting better. We can’t fault ourselves for one game..”
JaVale McGee, via The Washington Post

[via @recordsANDradio]

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  • AjFromTheDMV

    Rashard Lewis pisses me off for the amount of money he makes. He still has talent, but he is not aggressive at all. He is just so butt hurt that he is not on a contender. WHEN IS BOOKER GOING TO START?

  • larry smith

    Their’s nothing wrong with Nick Young game, just the team that Young is on is wrong. A bunch of loser.

  • nich

    Exactly Larry, Nick Young is not only the best player on the Wizards but it’s an absolute shame that he isn’t on the All Star team. He should be starting over either Wade or Carmelo, two players who Young is clearly more talented than. Unfortunately Carmelo gets to play with Amare Stoudemire, the best player in the NBA so he get that good look from the medias.

    There ain’t nothin wrong with my man Nick Young taking 12 off-balance jumpers with 2 men in his face! I don’t even know why the basketballs bother with having this “defense” thing. Basketballs should be like the 3pt competition during All-Star weekend! Just straight strokin! passing, rebounding, defending, driving, picking, screening and thinking are for losers straight up! Look at Kobe! he don’t do that crap, he just strooookes it!

  • nich

    Nick Young 5 for 16 tonight baby! Aint nobody on the Wizards takin no 16 shots cuz they just a bunch of BUMS right Larry!

    People come up to me and say “Nich, would Nick Young possibly get better looks if he ever gave the slightest inclination of passing the ball or driving to the hoop?” and i say HELL TO THE NO!! Once you stop strokin 22 foot turnaround jumpers with 22 seconds left in the shot clock you’re showing the other team weakness! People only pass cuz they can’t stroke it! People only drive to the hoop cuz they Manu and want to FLOP and go to the FT line where they can’t even imagine the glory that comes with hitting a behind the back 3pter while jumping out of bounds with 21 seconds left on the shot clock! You don’t make no Sportscenter with rebounds and passes!! HAHA losers!! My man Nick has taken more shots than Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups COMBINED! That means he is BETTER THAN THEM.

    Nick Young for the All-Star Team
    Gilbert Arenas for the Hall of Fame