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DC Council Game 41: Wizards 98 at Mavericks 107: Dissected in Big D

Updated: March 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 41 contributors: Markus AllenAdam McGinnis (@Adam McGinnis) and Arish Narayen.]


Washington Wizards 98 vs Dallas Mavericks 107 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ Arish Narayen

In the return of Brendan Haywood, seven players for Dallas chipped in four-plus rebounds (the Mavs had 51 total). For Washington, four players had four-plus rebounds (the Wizards had 38 total).

Scene of the Game

w/ Adam McGinnis

Halftime Entertainment in San Antonio….

Picture courtesy of Wizznutzz, via this Tweet:
“Halftime edutainment: men over 50 shuld hav prostate tickled by doctor. Under 50, ask an acrobat”

Live television is hard to organize, and for the most part, Comcast SportsNet Washington does a commendable job with their Wizards coverage. I have a cousin who is in the sports television industry, so I’ve spent some time in the production truck during a MLB games and have observed what goes down behind the scenes. I have mad respect for the workers who perform under tight pressure to provide us with sports viewing pleasure.

My one ongoing complaint for this season about CSNWashington is how they repeatedly miss live action by reading promos or doing a replay too long. This happens anywhere from two to five times per game, although lately these screw-ups have been less noticeable. I was letting things slide until Trevor Booker lined up for his second free throw on a trip to foul line against Dallas. Comcast SportsNet strangely decided that this was an opportunity to promote Washington Wizards student night.

If you look up on the Spurs Jumbotron screen, you can see Booker releasing the ball on his free throw. The viewer was not aware of what transpired with the free throw until Wizards play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz informed viewers, because the Spurs had the ball when the promotin concluded. CSN Washington has bills to pay and contractual obligations to meet, but please do not make it at the expense of missing live action. It should not be too high of a standard to deliver on.

And while I am on the topic, this popped, and then quickly disappeared, while CSN Washington was replaying a Nick Young drive.

And a JaVale McGee TV Blooper that you can not blame on goofy Pierre…

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Markus Allen, Adam McGinnis,
and Arish Narayen

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

John Wall

John Wall

ARISH NARAYEN: Offensively, Wall displayed both poise and efficiency on his way to 18 points, 10 assists, three steals, and two rebounds. Wall’s dribble penetration effectively sent Jason Kidd to the bench in the first quarter, and he complemented this attack nicely by going 2-for-4 on walk-into jumpers from 15 feet. John also went 3-for-3 at the rim and attempted nine free throws. However, defensively, this was a Summer League performance. Jason Kidd’s absence meant more minutes for Roddy Beaubois. Beaubois picked up where Tony Parker left off the night before, barbecuing the Wizards’ pick-and-roll defense and getting into the lane whenever he wanted. I would have liked to see John force Beaubois to shoot more by going under screens. But Wall certainly wasn’t the only one responsible for Washington’s 112.6 defensive efficiency rating in this game—Jason Terry and Dirk Nowitzki spent most of the game wide open.
1.75 Star (out of 3)
ALLEN: Wall did his part, scoring from the field and distributing the ball, finishing with 10 assists and a double-double. He shut out Jason Kidd (0 points), but was part of the guard play that allowed Rodrigue Beaubois to come off the bench and score 19 points.
1.25 Star
McGINNIS: John’s jumper was not falling and he struggled staying in front of the Mavericks’ guards. He did a much better job of attacking in transition after San Antonio shut him down his speedy fast breaks. Wall needs to show better awareness of where his man is on the court, because he repeatedly lost Beaubois and Terry.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 5 out of 9 stars

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

ADAM McGINNIS: J-Craw started out gunning while being an effective playmaker with some nice dishes. He then hit a cold stretch from there on out, finishing with 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting, five rebounds and three assists. A sequence in the fourth quarter sums up the offensive enigma from East Detroit. Crawford had the ball in the corner, and instead of dribbling it back out and trying to find an open Trevor Booker—who was taking it to the Mavs—Crawford missed a highly difficult baseline floater, leaving no teammates underneath the rim to crash the glass. At that point he was 3-for-13 and most players would be shy to keep chucking, but not Jordan. He immediately came back in the next few minutes and knocked down a smooth jumper and drilled a 3, cutting the Wizards deficit to eight and forcing Dallas to call a timeout with 3:43 remaining. Crawford’s confidence is his biggest strength, but it’s also his greatest weakness. He has a weird combination of being an unselfish ball-chucker with bravado to make unreal shots in any situation and remarkable court vision. I am hopeful that a new coaching staff will help him utilize his unique talents.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: Crawford didn’t shoot that well Tuesday night, and Phil Chenier at one point said that the more difficult the shot, the easier it is for him to make. It doesn’t make sense, but it was clearly evident against Dallas. Crawford hit some good, contested jumpers, but didn’t hit the easy shots that he needs to make.
0.75 Stars
NARAYEN: This was a tough matchup for Crawford, as Shawn Marion covered him for much of the first half. But Jordan got his points, scoring inefficiently (5-for-16 FGs) in multiple ways. Despite missing five more shots than him, it’s worth comparing Crawford’s game plus-minus (minus-1) with Nick Young’s (minus-16). J-Craw brings slightly more to the table in terms of ‘not just shooting.’ P.S. the trade deadline is now…
1 Star

TOTAL: 3.25 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

MARKUS ALLEN: It’s always confuses me when Chris Singleton starts, especially when he only gets 21 minutes of playing time. So yea, Singleton had six rebounds and five points in what could be called limited action. He played some pretty good defense and had a plus-minus of plus-five, which shows that even though he didn’t really contribute much to the stat line for a starter, he did bring some energy to the Wizards when he was on the court.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: I have been harping on Chris to get to the rim and stop settling for long jumpers. His five points came on a drive and from getting fouled around the hoop. He still seems a step slow at times and perhaps lacks the athleticism of your normal NBA small forwards.
1 Star
NARAYEN: Some nice hustle plays early, keeping a couple possessions alive and pulling down six rebounds total. Still can’t space the floor, going 0-for-2 from behind the arc and earning three of five points at the free throw line.
0.75 Stars

TOTAL: 3 out of 9 stars

Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker

ADAM McGINNIS: When speculation leaked last Friday night that every player on Wizards was on the trading table except Wall in order to dump Andray Blatche’s contract, I did what normal fans do these days in 2012 and ranted emotionally on Twitter that Wizards better not think about trading away Booker (#KEEPBOOKER). These reports were quickly refuted, but my main point was that fans finally found a young player to really like and respect for his toughness, so even the potential of him being available in such a manner seemed preposterous. The notion of jettisoning Booker violated some of the ownership’s stated tenets of the rebuild, which have been to become more physical while allowing young draft picks to develop. Trevor’s stellar line of 20 points and 12 boards versus Dallas is small proof why I was so adamant of keeping Book cooking in DC. He really went to work in the third quarter with a follow-up slam, by stroking a jumper and by drawing numerous fouls on Mavs. He was a total matchup problem, and I thought Wizards should have ran more of their offense through him in the high or low post in the fourth quarter.
2.5 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: The Trevor Booker had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds and was just amazing on the offensive side of the ball. The problem is Dirk Nowitzki had an even better night. I’ll give Booker a pass, however, because Dirk is seven feet tall, and the shots he made, well, Booker just couldn’t do anything about them. Dirk is Dirk. Good effort from Book, though, as there was a couple times during the game that his physical play made Nowitzki visibly frustrated.
1.5 Stars
NARAYEN: Cook Book did a passable job battling with Dirk in the post, but Nowitzki had all of his fadeaways working during this game. And besides, the Wizards had few options defensively, as Dirk absolutely abused Vesely. Still, Booker was dominant inside, grabbing four offensive boards, going 5-for-5 at the rim and attempting eight free throws (he made four). Nine of Booker’s twenty points came in the third quarter.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 6 out of 9 stars

JaVale McGee

JaVale McGee

MARKUS ALLEN: JaVale McGee went 4-for-9 from the field and finished with 12 points, five rebounds and three blocks. He actually held his own against Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi, but it would have helped if he could have been more aggressive on the boards, as the Mavericks out-rebounded the Wizards 51 to 38. McGee had some nice alley-oops from Wall (we’ll just forget about the one that didn’t go down at the end of the game), and went the whole night without getting a foul in 30 minutes. He made some normal JaVale bonehead plays, but overall it wasn’t that bad of a performance. It’s a shame how he always gets knocked and is now one of the most famous (as Charles Barkley would say) “knuckleheads” of the NBA. He doesn’t play that bad in my opinion, but the fact that he’s a 7-footer just makes it look 10 times worse when he makes dumb plays. Now, the lack of defense at times (like leaving Haywood open for a dunk), I can’t defend.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Just another day in the life of Pierre: Couple sick slams, blooper pass and missed dunk for blogosphere to mock, plus a crucial air ball jumper that ended the Wizards’ chance for a comeback. JaVale must have called him “Brenda” at some point because ex-teammate Brandan Haywood clocked him in the head with a cheap screen when game was basically over.
1.5 Stars
NARAYEN: Another typical Pierre game: a few GIF-worthy attempts at the basket, some questionable shot selection, and some eye-popping athleticism coupled with poor defensive awareness. To his credit, ‘Vale altered a lot of the Mavs’ attempts at the rim. But he also took himself out of some plays with poor positioning, as he is wont to do.
1.25 Stars

TOTAL: 4 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

MARKUS ALLEN: What a sight to see, Blatche actually showed up for a game. I have to give him his credit, yet it’s sad that we’ve come to the point where we have to praise him for an average performance. Blatche went 5-for-9 with 11 points in 18 minutes, but couldn’t do a thing on defense, and had the worst plus-minus (minus-17) on the team. Basically it shows that even if Blatche has an alright game offensively, the Wizards still play bad when he is on the floor. Meanwhile, Nick Young was typical Nick Young, going 5-for-11 with 15 points (1-for-4 from 3-point range), and Jan Vesely was worked by Dirk, who he has lauded and has called his role model. Roger Mason jacked shots and missed, Shelvin Mack was just there with his six minutes of play, and Kevin Seraphin didn’t touch the court against his fellow French countrymen.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Andray Blatche
McGINNIS: There was actual signs of life from Andray Blatche. Sorry folks, Mr. March is not up to his old springtime tricks of averaging 20 and 10 in 2010, or snaring 16 offensive boards during a game in 2011, but rather, he’s just making decent basketball plays. The bar is set is so low that these are now considered wins for Blatche. Positive Pixels, indeed. Dray blew by Dirk off the dribble with a nice finger roll finish over Odom, knocked down a few jumpers and actually completed a nifty up-and-under move. He still is maybe the slowest man running down the court in the NBA, but that is for another wicked pixel time. Nick Young was a spark plug off the bench and if this was his last game as a Wizard, I will remember it more for his monster slam than getting stripped on a clear breakaway. In the past two games combined, Vesely has now logged 33 minutes without attempting a shot. I still love his hustle and basketball IQ, but dude has to get some stick-em on his hands. And next time, when facing your idol Dirk, never leave him.
1 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Nick Young
NARAYEN: On one hand, Washington must play Nick Young and Andray Blatche in order to attract potential trading partners. On the other hand, when Nick Young opts not to pass to Shelvin Mack on a 2-on-1 fast break (2-on-2 if you count “The Custodian,” Brian Cardinal, trailing the play… he definitely wasn’t jumping, and looks like he needs a cigarette), gets stripped by Roddy Buckets, who saved the ball for the steal … you’re not really boosting anyone’s value. To make matters worse, Blatche is a mid-range shooting statue who no longer rebounds (he had one board in 18 minutes). I did chortle when ‘Dray beat Nowitzki off the dribble for an easy score, though.
0.75 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Nick Young

BENCH TOTAL: 3 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

ARISH NARAYEN: A couple concerns: 1) Shelvin Mack only played six minutes; and 2) the coaching staff did not recognize a 2-for-1 opportunity. With 43 seconds left in the first half, the Wizards were down 10 and had possession. Instead of initiating the offense quickly, Crawford made an 11-footer with 21 seconds left. Technically, Washington did get a 2-for-1 by fouling Nowitzki with nine seconds left (he made both free throws, of course). Wall thankfully got to the charity stripe before the half ended, but only converted one free throw. Possessions are the currency of basketball; this is a concept that must be impressed upon young teams constantly.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: I give Wittman FULL credit for Blatche having a good game (to his “booing” standards). When asked if he sees Blatche on the Wizards after Thursday’s deadline Wittman responded “Sure.” Sure!? That’s all the endorsement that Blatche needed! Ha, but in all seriousness: what am I supposed to say? The Wizards missed 12 free throws, and on a day where they actually defended the 3-point line, this doesn’t fall on Dray. Shame to not see Kevin Seraphin play, maybe he would have been motivated as fellow Frenchman Rodrigue Beaubois dropped 19 points.
1 Star
McGINNIS: Coach must not have done much defensive “cleaning up” on his trip from San Antonio to Dallas as the Wizards gave up 60 points again in the first half. To be fair, four road games in five days is killer and makes it impossible to have real practices to possibly fix any fundamental issues. Seraphin has earned playing time and should be out there.
1 Star

COACH TOTAL: 3.5 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

w/ Kyle Weidie

SEE? Andray Blatche can run!!!!…

 That’s some great “You might be traded” hustle.

Top Tweets

@tjackson85: #Wizards need to start running more offense through Trevor Booker. By far their most efficient offensive player.

@William_Stokes: Thats the second time Vesely has switched off Dirk. Did they not hear about him in Serbia or something #WizMavs

@BenAgent0: DANG! SWAGGY P AKA YOUNG SUSHI dunks all over Mahimi

@YaBoyLaMilton: Randy Whitman looks stressed out

End Scene


“We’ve got to find ways to not let players that don’t usually do that do that to us. That happens to us a lot.
-Andray Blatche on life, via the Washington Post

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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.