DC Council Game 48: Wizards 76 at Celtics 88: Boston Gives Washington A Broom, Asks Them To Sweep | Truth About It.net

DC Council Game 48: Wizards 76 at Celtics 88: Boston Gives Washington A Broom, Asks Them To Sweep

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Updated: March 26, 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 48 contributors: Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20),  John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend), and Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It).]

Score

Washington Wizards 76 at Boston Celtics 88 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ Kyle Weidie

For a while, it looked like it’d be close… but the Washington Wizards did, in fact, end up with more made field goals (30) than Boston assists (24). At one point early in the second quarter, the Wizards had 12 points on exactly 12-percent shooting (three made FGs), while Boston had 12 assists and Avery Bradley had 15 points. Not going to win too many games when that happens.

Scene of the Game

w/ Kyle Weidie

Jan Vesely goes floor diving…

…because why not?

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

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: It’s always a trip to watch John Wall and Rajon Rondo, because while they have been blessed with similar skillsets, their games could not be more different. On the one hand you have Wall, the more natural scorer between the two, who must finish scoring opportunities at the rim for the Wizards to be successful. And on the other hand, there’s Rondo, the pass master, who generaled a commanding victory despite scoring just four points on five shots. Unfortunately for Washington, Wall again struggled to get his game game going. To make matters worse, he wasn’t alone. The Wizards were held without a field goal for more than 4 minutes and 40 seconds, were outscored 27-12 in the first quarter, and never completely recovered. Wall was part of a 13-0 Wizards run to open the third quarter, where he hit two pull-up jumpers (his only made Js of the game), along with a coast-to-coast slam, helping to cut the Celtics lead to single-digits. Wall then missed all four of his shots in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 12 points on 5-for-17 shooting, two rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and three turnovers.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: Rajon Rondo had four points and 11 assists in 33 minutes, and Wall had 12 points and nine assists in 38 minutes. But Rondo was in complete command of the Celtics offense (except when his teammates stopped making shots in the third quarter), while Wall still seemed two steps behind — shooting 5-for-17 did not help either. He was on the brink of leading a comeback in the third quarter, but he faltered in the fourth.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: When the half court offense breaks down and Wall must create for himself (or others) in a pinch, he is very bad at doing so. He uses too many pointless dribbles, he tends to fade away on shots when the clock is ticking. Clearly last summer’s lockout action had minimal effect of his offensive game. Wall has a long way to go before he can naturally put the ball in the basket like a No. 1 draft pick should. Rondo has better teammates surrounding him, but the art of getting teammates moving with your movement seems very lost on Wall.
1 Star

TOTAL: 3.75 out of 9 stars

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

KYLE WEIDIE: Crawford is never going to be seen as starter material until he drastically improves his shot selection; in fact, he’s not starter material at all. I suspect that Crawford will always be a more ideal bench player. Unfortunately, the Wizards currently have to deal with such a player being their best and primary wing scorer. So don’t hate Jordan because of the situation, but perhaps praise him because he’s likely the most entertaining way to eventually tank games. Crawford finished with 20 points on 18 shots with three rebounds and one assist against Boston. He exponentially increases the difficulty of his attempts seemingly for no good reason. He hustles in ball pressure defense but easily gets lost in defending motion schemes as a teammate. I’m about as unsure of what the Wizards should eventually do with JC as the ball must be after it leaves his hands. I would love for the Wizards to nab Anthony Davis or Thomas Robinson in the draft, but in reality, the Wizards can’t get a reliable wing scorer fast enough. Crawford is now shooting below 40-percent from the field on the season (0.399), which is ranked 35th amongst the 40 NBA guards this season who have played in at least 45 games, averaging at least 25 minutes per game.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: Crawford overcame a slow shooting start in the first quarter, to score the bulk (15) of his 20 points in the second and third quarter. And quite honestly, he was the Wizards only consistent offensive threat. But Crawford allowed Avery Bradley to score 19 of this 23 points in the first half (on 8-of-9 shooting), which all but nullified his offensive output. I can only imagine what Ray Allen would have done.
1 Star
TOWNSEND: Jordan Crawford extended his streak of explosive scoring outputs
against Boston by reaching the 20-point mark for the fifth consecutive game, the 11th time he’s scored at least 20 points this season. However, Celtics reserve Avery Bradley, who started last night’s match-up as a result of injuries to a pair of guards including Ray Allen, scored a career-high 23 points, including 15 in the first quarter. This volume shooter needs to turn up the intensity on defense; Crawford was too often caught napping.
1.5 Stars

TOTAL: 3.75 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

RASHAD MOBLEY: To Chris’ credit, he did not get discouraged when he missed a layup and two wide open shots in the first few minutes of the first quarter. In fact, he came back and two hit wide open shots later that same quarter, and he also played tough defense on Paul Pierce in the first half. But the Wizards were down 27-12 after 12 minutes, and Wall was getting Singleton wide open shots (including layups) that he could not knock down. In the third quarter, when the Wizards cut the lead to single digits, Pierce took over (which he always does), and Singleton was powerless to stop him. It was an inconsistent effort, from an inconsistent player, but he is clearly trying to have more of an impact.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: Singleton is looking more confident around the perimeter, and his 3-point percentage over the last 10 games (39.1%) says as much — it helps that defenses are sagging off the rookie. That’s a step in the right direction for Singleton, who has struggled to score efficiently for much of the season, shooting better than 50-percent from the field in just 13 of 48 games he’s played. Paul Pierce? He didn’t have any issues putting the ball in the hoop.
0.75 Star
WEIDIE: Singleton used some decent effort to make some of Pierce’s jump shot attempts tough, but the disturbing part was how easily the Truth was able to get around the rookie on some dribble drives. Yes, help defense was barely present, but Chris has still got to stop the ball as priority No. 1.
0.75 Stars

TOTAL: 3 out of 9 stars

Trevor Booker

Trevor Booker

RASHAD MOBLEY: Booker started strong by scoring the Wizards’ first field goal at the 7:19 mark in the first quarter. Unfortunately, just one minute later Booker came up lame after injuring his knee; he started limping noticeably both before and after he missed a driving dunk. From that point on, Booker gave a yeoman effort by grabbing 12 rebounds, and limiting Brandon Bass and his potentially deadly elbow jumper to just 11 points. But he had no offense to offer, he wasn’t in on the 50-50 plays, and he even he admitted after the game that he stayed in, hurt, because he knew the Wizards were shorthanded.
1 Star (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: Booker was clearly hurting last night — plantar fasciitis is no
picnic. Cook Book went 1-for-7 from the field, settling mostly for fadeaway Js. After pulling up lame in the first quarter going for a rebound, Booker then had a chance for what could have been a statement dunk had the ball not ricocheted off the back iron. No one can question Booker’s toughness, however, who found a way to rack up 12 rebounds, leading all Wizards players on the boards for the third consecutive game.
1.75 Stars
WEIDIE: Booker can’t help but display toughness, playing through plantar faciitis and other foot tweaks to snarl 12 rebounds. He’s falling too much in love with his shot, however. And when the Wizards did try to get the ball to Booker in the post, the Celtics doubled him, and Trevor struggled with seeing the right pass. The Wizards need to be careful with Booker, however, because there is no reason why he needs to make minor ailments worse at this point.
1.5 Stars

TOTAL: 4.25 out of 9 stars

Kevin Seraphin

Kevin Seraphin

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Kevin Seraphin came into the game averaging 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in four starts prior to last night’s meeting with the Celtics. The rookie again took advantage of a starting opportunity this season, recording his second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, demonstrating that he has the skills to fill the five spot on the roster. However, Seraphin didn’t do a good enough job at putting a body on Greg Stiemsma who went 4-for-5 from the field and pulled down all seven of his rebounds in the first half. Seraphin would be helped by better securing the ball better, whether he’s working to score in the post or climbing for a rebound. This Wizards team needs every possession it can get.
1.75 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: Considering he had no idea he was going to start until he arrived at TD Garden, Seraphin played well in Nene’s absence by scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.  He also limited Garnett’s to more of a facilitator role (he had six assists) instead of a scorer and a rebounder.  Unfortunately, he was nowhere to be found offensively in the second half, which is when the Wizards needed his soft scoring touch most.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: A career-high 15 points with 11 rebounds (seven offensive) was very nice for Seraphin. The soft touch he displays on offense might provide the most encouragement for his future. However, the team help defense clearly took a huge hit with him in the lineup instead Nene (scratched due to back spasms). But that’s okay… Seraphin has only been playing the game of basketball since 2004. He’ll learn, one day… hopefully.
1.5 Stars

TOTAL: 4.75 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

RASHAD MOBLEY: This may as well be named the Jan Vesely Report, because he’s the only member of the Wizards’ bench who did anything of note. Mr. Instant Offense, Roger Mason, shot the ball just four times in 16 minutes. Shelvin Mack (one point and no assists), Brian Cook (four shots and no points in four minutes), and Maurice Evans (ten minutes, no points) were not able to provide the starters with any energy on the second night of a back to back — which is why teams have benches. Vesely gained valuable experience with his strong play on both ends of the floor in the fourth quarter, when the game was still somewhat in doubt. If Randy Wittman cannot count on his bench in a back-to-back games, what happens when there is a game for a third consecutive night?
0.5 Star (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Jan Vesely
TOWNSEND: On a night where the Wizards shot 34.5-percent from the field, it should come at no surprise that only two of their six bench players managed to score a basket: Roger Mason and Jan Vesely. Vesely was the big story, who not only put his body on the line to win his team possessions, diving for 50-50 balls and grabbing six rebounds, but he also took his game above the rim to score 11 points on put-backs, alley-oops and dunks. Vesely gave Kevin Garnett some problems, using his young legs and leverage to keep Garnett’s post-up game beyond 15-feet.
0.5 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Jan Vesely
WEIDIE: Brian Cook played four minutes and managed to miss three shots, grab three rebounds, talling one assist, one steal and two personal fouls. He led the Wizards with a plus-5 plus/minus… and that’s pretty much all you need to know. Oh, there’s also Jan Vesely, who was all over the court, even gaining valuable experience defending Kevin Garnett. The Vesely kid is going to be alright, people need to get over where he was taken in last year’s draft.
0.5 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Jan Vesely

BENCH TOTAL: 1.5 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Back-to-backs are tough, but Washington came out flatter than a pancake against the Boston Celtics. The Wizards made just three of 22 attempts in the first quarter and trailed by as many as 25 points before half time. To make matters worse, they allowed their opponent to shoot better than 48-percent for the second night in a row (48.6-percent from Boston; 48.7-percent from Atlanta). The starters didn’t look ready to play, and that’s on the coach, who is clearly frustrated by his team’s lack of consistency. Wittman responded by taking shots at Avery Bradley’s career-night after the game: “I could have scored those layups. I’m being serious. I mean, we didn’t have anybody guarding him. … He ought to send us a postcard of `Thank you’ or something.” Let’s hope that Wittman was more direct with his criticism behind closed doors. Bradley did his job. The Wizards did not.
0.25 Star (out of 3)
MOBLEY: Wittman was in a tough spot Sunday evening – No Nene, a hobbled Booker, the emotional hangover from the previous night’s loss, and his team was playing an always tough Celtics team. Wittman’s only glaring errors were leaving Jordan Crawford in the game too long in the first quarter (Avery Bradley scored 15 points in less than six minutes), and playing Wall 38 minutes in the middle night of three games in a row. Still, there were too many factors to overcome in Beantown.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: Wittman aimed to use Nene to run more offense out of the post, but when the Brazilian was a late scratch due to back spasms, it seemed Wittman (and his players) had no plan B, C or D. It’s hard to believe how lost the Wizards looked on offense in the first quarter (and for much of the game), but judging from the personnel, it’s hardly surprising. Still, Wittman’s team can’t disregard possessions so readily, but seemingly found that easy to do after losing close games to Indiana and Altlanta. What gives, coach?
0.75 Star

COACH TOTAL: 2.5 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

w/ Kyle Weidie

Just Jordan Crawford being Jordan Crawford…

Top Tweets

@BenAgent0: Jordan Crawford really knows how to stop momentum. Stop Shooting!

@wzzntzz: WHERE’VE U GONE, CONSTABLE JARVIS HAYES?? RT @MikePradaSBN When u have no shooters, u have no spacing. When u have no spacing, u can’t score

@matthouston91: Just looked at Wiz box score. No Nene…the fear becomes a reality #injuries

End Scene

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

“It doesn’t mean nothing. I had my career high but we lost the game.
-Kevin Seraphin, via Wizards Insider