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DC Council Game 37: Wizards 100 vs Warriors 120: The Next Question Won’t Be The Last

Updated: March 7, 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 37 contributors: Rashad Mobley (@rashad20)  and John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend) from the Verizon Center, and Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) from the television screen.]


Washington Wizards 100 vs Golden State Warriors 120 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ Rashad Mobley

“At the end of the day, we have shooters… We’ve gotten a lot of open looks. I’m not a coach that’s going to tell them to stop shooting. Fortunately tonight, they started to go down but more importantly we came right off the jump, defended, took care of the basketball and made a statement.”  -Warriors coach Mark Jackson

Coach Jackson was being modest by saying the Warriors came out and made a statement. To use a dated analogy, in that first quarter, the Warriors’ shooters were Mike Tyson uppercuts in his prime, and the Wizards were Glass Joe.

During that opening period where Washington allowed a season-high 41 points, for any quarter, the Warriors shot 15-for-21 from the field (71%), 5-for-6 from the three-point line (83%), and 6-for-7 from the free throw line (85%). The only player to shoot below 66-percent during the quarter was Dominic McGuire, and he was 0-for-1. The first shot the Warriors made was a 20-foot jumper from the allegedly offense-challenged Ekpe Udoh (who shot 4-for-5 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line during the quarter).  Even Steph Curry, who hadn’t played substantial minutes since February 22 with a bad ankle, stepped in and went 2-for-2 from the field, nailing his only three-point attempt right in John Wall’s eye.  The Wizards never got within 13 points after that statement of a first quarter. Hand down, Wizards down.

Scene of the Game

Why not a positive play?

Jordan Crawford with the hustle, the steal, and the dish to John Wall on the break.

JC may jack shots, and he can learn shot selection, but some of the other things he does is refreshing from the alternative.

Oh, and there’s also this shot by John Converse Townsend pre-game…

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Rashad Mobley, John Converse Townsend
and Kyle Weidie

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

John Wall

John Wall

KYLE WEIDIE: Wall found teammates (14 assists, just two turnovers), got to the free-throw line (6-for-7 on attempts), and made some highlight plays, even nailing some jumpers en route to 20 points on 7-for-10 field-goals. Wall’s issue is keeping his head in the game on defense. The very second Stephen Curry, not starting due to injury, stepped on the court midway through the first quarter, Wall lost him watching the possession; Curry nailed a trey. From there, Wall bit for pump fakes and lost Curry on a couple drives. When Wall calls his teammates out in the post-game for not being ready, he needs to make sure his game film is close to flawless. Defensively, it wasn’t. Still, no complaints about how Wall is developing offensively, and we’ll continue to wonder ‘what if’ he had more tools around him.
2.25 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: It is hard to find fault with his 20 points and 14 assists in 38 minutes of action, especially when he was the only Wizards player who came to play in the first quarter (six assists). Then again, he waited a quarter too late to take over offensively, and Monta Ellis torched him for 14 points in that opening period.
2 Stars
TOWNSEND: John Wall asked team managers for a fresh pair of kicks before the game, perhaps in hope of countering the stale air that clouded the home locker room. On the court, in new Reeboks, Wall zigged and zagged his way to 20 points and a game-high 14 assists, but it wasn’t enough to lift a Wizards team that came out flatter than a JaVale McGee free throw.
2.25 Stars

TOTAL: 6.5 out of 9 stars

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

RASHAD MOBLEY: As I typed in the ESPN Daily Dime, Jordan Crawford was the least valuable player Monday night, but in retrospect he does deserve a bit of a mulligan. Not only was a healthy Nick Young back on the bench, waiting to get in the game at his expense, but Crawford was also facing the guard tandem of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry (in a much more limited capacity). When you combine those factors with Crawford’s recent string of great performances, it’s no wonder he kept shooting (he shot 2-for-13, five points). But a few of those errant shots came after John Wall called or motioned for the ball, and was shunned by Crawford. When Crawford was shooting 13-for-22 he could wave off Wall conscience-free, but when his points and assists total fell the way they did last night, the ball should have been in the point guard’s hands.
1 Star (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: Crawford, who had been averaging 22.7 points on 51 percent shooting from the field since the All-Star break, looked to keep the ball rolling against Golden State. However, the only place the ball rolled was off the rim — shot selection, shot selection, shot selection. He did turn up the pressure defensively with three steals in a four-minute span during the second quarter to give the Wizards a little boost, but it wasn’t enough to save the team from the grave it had dug.
0.75 Star
WEIDIE: Crawford took a couple quick-trigger shots early which helped set the tone for his eventual 2-for-13 night, and for a first quarter where the Wizards were out-scored 41-24. But not all of his shots were bad, and at that, Crawford appeared to be hustling his ass off on defense and in other areas of the game — he picked up 3 steals, 2 assists and 2 rebounds in the second quarter as Washington tried to fight back — so I won’t be completely hard on him.
1.25 Star

TOTAL: 3 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

RASHAD MOBLEY: Warriors forward (and former Wizard) Dominic McGuire has taken some heat from the Warriors media about his lack of scoring, and when I asked him about it before last night’s game he said that he could score, but his job was to do the dirty work, and THAT’S how he was going to earn playing time.  McGuire grabbed seven rebounds, dished out seven assists, blocked two shots, scored four points, and even played the role of point guard on two different fast breaks. Chris Singleton is every bit as talented as McGuire if not more, and if he delivered those types of numbers, his spot in the starting lineup could be justified. But Singleton missed wide open shots in that first quarter when the Wizards scored just 24 points to 41 from the Warriors. He did have three steals (including one on McGuire), two assists and four rebounds, but most of those stats were accrued when the Wizards were down 20. It is still baffling that he has started 13 straight games with such limited production.
0.5 Star (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: There was good and bad, but mostly ugly… Which makes sense, because Singleton is a member of the Washington Wizards; so says the nickname stitched to the front of his jersey.
0.25 Star
WEIDIE: More than not, Singleton looks uncomfortable on offense. He also gets lost on defense on occassion, but has been making enough hustle plays of late to look past that. Both negative traits are to be expected from a rookie, but it’s getting closer to the time where Singleton needs to be showing more of an upward progression. Still, these rough times for him on the court now just have to pay off in the future, right?
0.75 Star

TOTAL: 1.5 out of 9 stars

Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: David Lee got the better of Trevor Booker in the first quarter, when the game was still in question, converting a couple of simple short-range scoring opportunities and beating Booker to just every loose ball. With Lee on the bench for much of the second quarter, Cook Book came back to life: running, dunking and earning free throws. But the freedom Lee’s absence afforded Booker was short-lived, though, and the second-year forward was again bottled up in the third quarter, the last time he would see the floor. Booker finished with 14 points, but just four rebounds in what appeared to be a pretty even matchup — a game to forget.
0.75 Star (out of 3)
MOBLEY: Like the rest of his teammates, Booker did not show up at all in the first quarter, but he was right there with John Wall during the Wizards’ attempt at a comeback in the second. Unfortunately, he didn’t do much else the rest of the game, and Ekpe Udoh, David Lee and McGuire seemed to beat him to every available rebound.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: Booker continues to bring presence, but that only brings out expectations, such as him now not being able to take plays off. Sometimes he does, especially when he forgets that the Wizards are heavily depending on him to go after all rebounds. You’d like to see him get more than four in 27 minutes. But if you’re looking for someone to run with Wall, Booker is your guy, finishing strong in transition a couple times. My problem is that he settled for the jumper two or three times when I thought he should’ve tried to drive against David Lee.
1.5 Stars

TOTAL: 3.75 out of 9 stars

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: “The stuff you see in a box score is pretty much useless,” Mark Cuban said this past weekend at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Case in point: JaVale McGee’s double-double performance against the Warriors — 10 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, one assist, and three turnovers — a respectable line when viewed out of context. The truth of the matter, though, is that JaVale McGee was outplayed by Ekpe Udoh, the second-year big who was handed a starting job less than hour before the tip. When compared to McGee, Udoh lacks size, athleticism, polish, and NBA experience, but it hardly made a difference last night. It isn’t unfair to expect more out of the “future of the NBA,” and the likely recipient of a 40-plus million dollar contract at season’s end.
1.75 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: It isn’t McGee’s fault that rumors of an offseason move to Golden State seem to be swirling. But it surely would have been nice to see him give them a free audition. Instead, he was outplayed on both ends by Udoh. On a positive note, without McGee’s first quarter performance of 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, the Wizards could have found themselves down much more than 17 points.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: Broken record… weight room… broken record… stop watching the ball while losing track of your man… broken record… why the forced offensive move again? Even Phil Chenier couldn’t help but comment: “This is where he seems to get in trouble, when he gets the isolation away from the basket and wants to put the ball on the floor,” Chenier said after a McGee spastic offensive foul late in the first quarter. Every once in a while the broken record will catch to tease you will a sample of your favorite song. Otherwise, it keeps skipping.
1.5 Stars

TOTAL: 4.75 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

KYLE WEIDIE: Jan Vesely got extra burn versus the Warriors and was active (9 rebounds) as expected, but he was also very weak around the rim on offense. He cut down on fouls (2), but notched up the turnovers (4) in 22 minutes. Otherwise, there wasn’t much to the bench — Roger Mason made a couple shots, missed more (7 pts, 2-for-7 FGs); I can’t say I was a fan of any of the shots Shelvin Mack took (0-for-3); Andray Blatche seemed to shrug the boos off on camera as he checked in, but used them as an excuse for continued poor ability to finish after the game; Nick Young took shots during rec-league time, scoring the least cared about 25 points on 9-for-14 field-goals in the history of scoring 25 points.
1 Star (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Jan Vesely
MOBLEY: Nick Young’s return gave this unit a boost, but most of his 25 points came in garbage transition time, not in the first half when it was needed. Roger Mason continued to lobby for more playing time via his play, and most importantly, it appears as if the aggressive side of Jan Vesely has finally emerged. He got to the line 11 times, he grabbed nine rebounds, and he out-scored Dominic McGuire in their unofficial duel.
1.5 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Jan Vesely
TOWNSEND: Jan Vesely worked on his handles pre-game with Wizards assistant coaches, which is nice and all, but here’s to hoping Airwolf is spending adequate time improving his jump shot, free throw shooting (he made five of his game-high 11 attempts) and post game. Nick Young bounced back from his knee injury with 25 points on 14 shots, an efficient game, but of little consequence to the game’s outcome.
1.25 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Jan Vesely

BENCH TOTAL: 3.75 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Wittman took the blame for the Wizards’ enervated showing, a 20-point loss to the 14-20 Warriors. It was an honorable move, preferable to throwing his players under the bus, but there’s no question that those same players need to take responsibility for their actions, regardless of what Wittman tells the media. Wittman could throw X’s and O’s at his players until they’re bloodied and bruised. He could coach ’em up like Popovich or motivate like Phil Jackson. He could rip off his sports coat and scream until his lungs burst. But the fact of the matter is that, ultimately, it is up to the players, as professionals, to do their jobs — to compete. They didn’t do that against the Warriors.
1 Star (out of 3)
MOBLEY: The cigarette talk is nice, catchy and a good way to start off postgame press conferences, but this loss is on the coach, and he did the right thing by owning up to it after the game. Now he just has to get Singleton out of the starting lineup.
1 Star
WEIDIE: Coach was overtly distressed after the game (and during), but he’s got to be relishing this opportunity, right? I mean, how many coaches get to try all their tricks in the book on the pro level? You gotta have sympathy for the guy who has no choice but to bring a knife to a gun right… bring on the Lakers. Next question.
1.25 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 3.25 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Scene

w/ John Converse Townsend

  • Someone got a ha-a-a-aircut!
  • John Wall was sipping on a McCafe cup in the locker room before the game. I asked Wall if he was drinking coffee — science suggests that caffeine can give athletes a performance boost — but he answered “never.” Wall was downing hot chocolate, a part of his pregame ritual.
  • One fan had a chance to win some Groupon money if he could provide the right answer two of three questions about backup poiny guard Shelvin Mack: McDonalds or Burger King; laptop or iPad; gelato or ice cream. The fan batted .000, and Mack, in the huddle during a timeout, couldn’t help but look up at the big screen and laugh. For those keeping score at home, Mack answered Mickey D’s, laptop and gelato. Now you know.

Top Tweets

@TheDugsSports: Calling the #Wizards the Keystone Cops is an insult to the Keystone Cops

@noodles1067: The #wiz are down by 18…Nick Young dunks the ball and has a smile on his face like he did something good. Yeah they “dont” have a prob….

@KatzM: Nick Young threw his shooting sleeve into the crowd and not one but *two* small children passed it down the to kid next to them.

End Scene


Randy as himself…

“You have a sense, you have a vibe… call it what you want. When I walked in the locker room before I had sent them out, I had a vibe… that we weren’t ready. That’s my responsibility.”
—Randy Wittman

Nick as himself…

“Um, me? You know, it was tough for the team tonight, they wasn’t making shots. Kind of really never got it going. But, you know, just for myself, just trying to get things going. Like I said, trying to shake these demons off, these devils off me… just keep playing.”
—Nick Young

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.