DC Council Game 29: Wizards 124 at Blazers 109: Nick Young ‘The Cuddler’ With A Valentine’s Day To Remember | Truth About It.net

DC Council Game 29: Wizards 124 at Blazers 109: Nick Young ‘The Cuddler’ With A Valentine’s Day To Remember

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Updated: February 15, 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. Click here for cumulative DC Council 3-star ratings over the course of the season. Game 29 contributors: Markus Allen (@mayminded), Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis), and John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend).]

Score

Washington Wizards 124 at Portland Trailblazers 109 [box score]

Stat of The Game

w/ Adam McGinnis

  • Washington’s 60-percent field-goal shooting (48-80) against Portland is tied for second-highest by a team in the NBA this season;
  • 124 points is the most Portland has given up in regulation at home since a 143-133 win over Golden State on Jan. 26, 1993 (ex- Bullets point guard Rod Strickland had 21 points off the bench in that game);
  • Nick Young’s 7-8 shooting on 3-pointers is tied for third most made 3s in an NBA game this season and is the highest percentage performance (87.5-percent) of those who made at least seven 3-pointers.
  • Washington was a 14.5 point underdog and won by 15, BTW.

Scene of the Game

w/ John Converse Townsend

Truth About It.net occasionally gets a bad rap for being overcritical of Nick “Swagy P” Young. This video is for you, Young lovers — memories of a Valentine’s Day to remember, the morning after. Every shot, every bucket:

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Markus Allen, Adam McGinnis and
John Converse Townsend

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

John Wall

John Wall

ADAM McGINNIS: Back-to-back exceptional road outings for the Game Changer who compiled 29 points, 10-14 FGs, 8-9 FTs, nine assists, and two blocks against the Trailblazers. Wall abused Raymond Felton repeatedly in first half, highlighted by a gorgeous and-1. His ridiculous rejection of six-foot-eight-inch Nic Batum’s breakaway dunk attempt is a play not made by other point guards in the NBA (Wall leads all guards in blocks this season with 28). Walls’s runner is also becoming a stronger move for him. He is more easily finding creases to the basket in half court sets, and his jumper, dare I say it, is now a weapon. Charles Barkley and Shaq better not pass up on Wall for long in their Rook-Soph game draft on Thursday night because Wall is playing at an elite level made for the main All-Star game.
3 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: Just an excellent game for Wall, he was hitting jumpers, and was one assist shy of a double-double. Tuesday night’s performance is what you can expect out of John if he plays to the best of his ability and feeds the ball to hot teammates.
2.5 Stars
TOWNSEND: John Wall was in complete control of the Wizards offense, his five turnovers notwithstanding. Wall demonstrated he could beat a defense in a variety of ways with the ball—in transition, in the secondary break and in the half court—but his court vision was what gave him away as something different, something special.
2.75 Stars

TOTAL: 8.25 out of 9 stars

Nick Young

Nick Young

ADAM McGINNIS: Swaggy P is going be smiling wide after his sizzling-hot shooting night (12-17 FGs). Young’s career-high of 43 points came against Sacramento last season, but the Kings were not very good and Washington almost coughed up the lead late due to a careless turnover by Young. Since Tuesday night’s circumstance was achieving a road win versus a winning playoff team, Young’s 35 points in Portland might be the best professional performance of his career. Nick was drilling acrobatic threes, had the mid-range game flowing and avoided his bugaboo of careless jacking. Every time the Blazers made a run to threaten the lead, Young had an answer, and his final three pointer from the corner was the “Dagger!” Happy Love Day, indeed.
3 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: Likewise, it was an excellent game for Nick Young; he had a career high 35 points and went 7-8 from deep. I guess, for at least tonight, he WASthe best 3-point shooter in the world.” Hand in face, wide open… he just hit all the shots you’d expect out of a Nick Young performance, and did it well.
3 Stars
TOWNSEND: Nick Young’s career night began with a terrible shot. But then he got hot and made seven of his eight 3-pointers, a career high, en route to a season’s best 35 points. “I’m the best 3-point shooter in the world!” Young boasted after a loss to the Miami Heat in which he shot three for 10 before coasting out of the locker room into a cold D.C. night. Guess the weather is different in Portland.
3 Stars

TOTAL: 9 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

MARKUS ALLEN: Singleton was alright in the first quarter and looked like he could have got into a nice rhythm with an early offensive rebound and nice mid-range jumper. However, he picked up two early fouls; once the Wizards guards starting shooting and decided to outscore Portland, Washington didn’t have to rely on Singleton’s defense so much. (Although someone could’ve helped on Nic Batum, who dropped 33 points.) Singleton finished with four points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and four fouls in 17 minutes of play.
1 Star (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Gerald Wallace welcomed the rook to the NBA by constantly beating him off the dribble. I was highly disappointed when Singleton at one point gave up on a play in transition defense. Right now he is keeping his starting job by default.
0.5 Star
TOWNSEND: Chris Singleton looked better out there tonight, though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the box score. Maybe the game’s starting to slow down for him. Or maybe he’s just thinking less. Or maybe he was playing a Trailblazers team that was badly shaken by an ankle injury to All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
0.75 Star

TOTAL: 2.25 out of 9 stars

Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Trevor Booker’s minutes were cut short due to early foul trouble; Booker had been averaging more than 35 minutes of action in his last six games, but played just 23 minutes versus Portland. The Wizards hardly missed him, with thanks to big-time contributions from John Wall, Nick Young and Jordan Crawford. Though the second-year man out of Clemson is still looking for his shooting stroke, he’s no longer afraid to pull the trigger. Wizards fans can hope that in time Booker’s jumper improves; he’s already a good athlete who can skip past defenders with a burst of speed, but such opportunities are limited when defenses sags off Booker toward the basket. He finished the game with six points, six rebounds, one assist, one turnover, and four personal fouls.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: Booker wasn’t as involved in the offense as previous games, due to the trio of Wall, Young, and Crawford hitting shots. He didn’t play that much (23 mins), and he was once obliterated by a dunking Nicolas Batum.
1 Star
McGINNIS: Trevor got in early foul trouble and never was a factor. With Aldridge going down early, Booker’s lack of presence was not as missed. His confidence in his jumper is so high now that he even passed up early driving opportunities.
1 Star

TOTAL: 3.25 out of 9 stars

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

MARKUS ALLEN: JaVale McGee at times looked foolish by starting to dribble at the foul line, but he capitalized and went 7-13 on FGs with 18 points and 11 rebounds. It’s funny, because in this game almost more than others, McGee revealed he’s still a young’un; with every good play came an immature bad play. But regardless of his mistakes, he still had a game that you would love him to have on a consistent basis. McGee has averaged 27.3 points and 11.6 rebounds over the past three Wizards games, two which have been victories. That’s a legitimate on a hot streak that’s been exciting to see develop. Whoever helped with McGee’s new asthma treatment must have donned him with a golden inhaler.
2 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: JaVale’s stat line was solid and 4-6 from charity stripe is a bright spot, but he still makes enough head scratching plays that make you wonder what he is thinking out there.
2 Stars
TOWNSEND: JaVale McGee announced his triumphant return from Slump City with his third consecutive double-double: 18 points and 11 rebounds. McGee’s good, and he could be even better as he matures. Not sure that the Wizards can afford to let this seven-footer walk at year’s end, but that might just be the crazy talking.
2.5 Stars

TOTAL: 6.5 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

MARKUS ALLEN: The bench was all about Jordan Crawford, and he looked better than his former Atlanta Hawks teammate Jamal Crawford, who is known for coming into the game as an electrifying bench player. Jordan went 9-16 on FGs with 21 points, four assists and three steals. He led the Wizards by far in plus/minus with plus-24 (John Wall was second with plus-11). Once the Wiz found out Jordan had the hot hand, along with both Young and Wall, they continued to let him log minutes (30 on the night) and he continued to score effectively. Rashard Lewis went 3-5 on shots with six points. The rest of the bench didn’t even have to contribute much, but Jan Vesely did make his presence known.
2.25 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Jordan Crawford
McGINNIS: Crawford was outstanding in by far his best game of the season. The jumper was falling, and he created opportunities for teammates with several nifty dimes. Jan Vesely’s defense was phenomenal as he used his length to muck up passing lanes, hedged hard on ball screens, recovered for teammates’ mistakes on D, and kept Portland off the offensive glass with box outs. Lewis made a couple of shots, but his defense is still a glaring liability.
2.5 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Jordan Crawford
TOWNSEND: I’m pretty sure Jordan Crawford had no idea where he was last night—the sophomore gunner was unconscious in the first half. Jan Vesely did a little bit of everything, as usual, racking up nine rebounds, three points, three assists, two blocks, and even fouled out for good measure. Rashard Lewis made more shots (three) than he missed (two, both 3-pointers), so that’s nice.
2 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Jordan Crawford

BENCH TOTAL: 6.75 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: The Wizards need more of whatever Randy Wittman and Co. have been feeding them—be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, a pre-game snack, Nicorette gum, or some super legit X’s and O’s wisdom. The Wiz Kids hadn’t played with as much energy, focus or determination as they did against Portland at the Rose Garden; even more surprising was the team’s willingness to move the basketball, something that’s been sorely lacking this season. Fact: The Wizards have won three of their last five games, and five of their last 12 compared to just two wins in 17 games under Flip Saunders. This Wittman guy, despite holding the fourth-worst coaching record in NBA history, is looking more like the leader this young roster needs right now.
3 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: Wittman had an easy job: feed the hot hands with the right plays. And he did so by having Wall, Young and Crawford combine for 111 minutes. Also nice to see the coach work Jan Vesely into the rotation. It looks like he’s still trying to get him acclimated to the physical play of the NBA, but baby steps are happening.
2 Stars
McGINNIS: Coach improved his record to 5-7 with two huge road blowout wins in a row. Something is clicking for the Wizards right now and the whole coaching staff deserves credit. The cigarettes have now been replaced by half-priced pizza.
2.5 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 7.5 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

A Celebration.


[via @cjzero]

Top Tweets

@AnaheimAmigos: On this Valentine’s Day, Ray Felton is getting some decent card work in. His heart thanks him.

@SaleemTheDream: Nothing confuses me more than a sweet pass by Jordan Crawford #Wizards #NBA

@daCSmith: nick young, the cuddler. loves valentines day.

@WizOfAwesKevin: The Portland commentator just pulled out the “dagger” call after Nick’s last 3.

@FakeDrayBlatche: 100 pts!!! I can almost taste that half prices papa johns already. Actually I am tasting that papa johns. Mmmm pizza.

End Scene

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

“What do they call it, drop it like it’s hot?
-Comcast television analyst Phil Chenier referring to Washington’s blazing shooting.

“I think the chinstrap brothers made sportcenter tonight for the wrong reason lol @JaValeMcGee34″
-@Trevor_Booker on him and JaVale McGee getting dunked on by Nicolas Batum.


  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com JT’s Hoops Blog

    The Wizards took advantage of a shorthanded Portland team that lost their best player in the first two minutes. Hopefully Aldridge will not be gone for long. If he is, you can kiss the Blazers’playoff hopes goodbye.

  • AjFromTheDMV

    Great game, with or without Aldridge we have won two in a row on the road. Plus Wall is looking like a true pg, McGee is playing well, and Young is stroking the 3. 60%? That would have never happened under Flip.

  • Big Balla

    @ JT’s Hoops Blog you said shorthanded portland team…they were at full strength until LA went down.

  • nich obert

    The Wizards were also shorthanded. Andray Blatche is still serving his bacon-cheese-fries-with-ranch-and-sour-cream related suspension.

  • nich obert

    Am I wrong.. or are these the first back to back road victories since November 27th and December 1st 2009?

  • John Converse Townsend

    Nich, they were the Wizards first consecutive road wins since March 28 (Utah) and April 3 (Charlotte) of 2011.

    Also, the last two W’s were the first time in franchise history the Wizards have won back-to-back road games by 15 points or more.