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DC Council Game 52: Wizards 92 at Raptors 99: Benched In Canada

Updated: April 2, 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 52 contributors: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis) and Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It).]


Washington Wizards 92 at Toronto Raptors 99 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ Kyle Weidie

Bench Mobbed.

Toronto’s bench out-scored Washington’s 40-20. But the biggest difference in the box score seems to be offensive rebounds: the Raptors pulled down 12 offensive boards (although they just scored eight second-chance points), to six for the Wizards (13 second-chance points). Toronto’s bench, again, came through with eight of their team’s offensive boards, while the Wizards’ depleted team got zero offensive rebounds from their bench.

Scene of the Game

Air Wolf Put-Back SMASH.

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Adam McGinnis and Kyle Weidie

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

John Wall

John Wall

McGINNIS: John mostly slept walk through the first half until finally waking up after another stellar alley-oop play from Jordan Crawford out of a timeout. The mechanics on Wall’s two 3-point misses were a disaster, and over the past few weeks, John’s jumper has been completely off. I applaud him for trying to shoot his way out of a slump and keep defenses honest, but he is still far more effective on drives to the hoop, no matter how reckless they can be. Wall fell victim to over-passing at times during this game, and he must take more than eight shots if Wizards are going to compete without Nene.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
WEIDIE: I don’t want to accuse Wall too much of going through the motions — he did have five assists, one turnover at halftime; but, Wall also picked up a technical foul without good reason before intermission. In the second half, he picked up the remaining six of his 11 assists on the night (four total turnovers) and got to the free-throw line at key moments (he had four FT makes in the game’s final 2:10). Still, the fourth quarter also saw Wall attempt two of his worst-looking 3-point shots ever. He finished with 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting to go with his 11 assists. The more telling story of his seeming disinterest in the contest: a single rebound in 38 minutes and a plus-minus of zero. Wall also probably smelled like a Spaniard on the flight home given the amount of times Jose Calderon breezed past him.
1 Star

TOTAL: 2.5 out of 6 stars

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

McGINNIS: J-Craw finished with 18 points on 15 shot attempts (2-for-6 on 3-pointers, 4-for-5 from the free throw line), and most of his looks came in the flow of the offense. He added two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers to this totals, but struggled to stop DeMar DeRozan.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
WEIDIE: Will Crawfish shoot the Wizards into semi-competitiveness, or will he shoot them into utter irrelevance when it comes to the game’s final outcome? These are the J-Craw questions that we constantly ask ourselves without ever saying a word. When the Wizards were trying to stay afloat late in the second quarter, Crawford threw a brick on the emergency inflatable raft by dribbling for half the possession, beginning to drive, jumping to pass, and then just throwing the ball right into Calderon’s mitts, which led to an Amir Johnson dunk on the other end. This guy’s career can go in a number of different directions, and I’m not sure Wizards fans can get excited about most of them.
1 Star

TOTAL: 2.5 out of 6 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

McGINNIS: Singleton must have felt the competitive pressure of Cartier Martin’s presence, because he responded with a perfect 4-4 on 3-pointers, ending the night with 15 points and eight rebounds. His defense is still a mixed bag — he will draw a charge and attain deflections in passing lanes, but then unnecessarily loses his man often.
2 Stars (out of 3)
WEIDIE: According to the Game Score stat on Basketball-Reference.com, this game was the third best game of Singleton’s young NBA career. He rebounded with intent from the start; he diversified his offense, hitting a 14-foot pull-up jumper in the second quarter amongst his 4-for-4 shooting from deep on the night; and Singleton even used all six of his fouls. Three of his eight rebounds, one of his 3-pointers and one of his assists came in nine fourth quarter minutes. Singleton is getting more comfortable at the NBA level, as it also becomes more apparent that he has a ton of things to work on this summer.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 4 out of 6 stars

Jan Vesely

Trevor Booker

McGINNIS: The young Czech was advertised as a long athletic player with a high basketball IQ, and those attributes have been shining over past two games. He keeps balls alive with tap outs, soars for dunks, hedges correctly on screens, and gets in correct position on help defense. Now, Vesely’s offense is still a glaring weakness due to him refusing to just face the hoop in a normal triple-threat position, but he showed gradual improvement with numerous sweet assists against Toronto off drives. Jan still must get stronger to keep bigs from out-muscling him for rebounds.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
WEIDIE: Vesely got a good test going against Andrea Bargnani — sometimes he contained the Italian big man, but more than not, Jan either struggled against him in the post or off the dribble. Bargnani (18 points on 15 shots… just like Jordan Crawford) didn’t dominate Vesely by any means; Jan simply got a nice initiation to yet another challenging player to guard in the NBA. Otherwise, Vesely continues to show an ability to do everything except score: he dropped nice dimes from the paint (4 assists), snagged a couple boards (4, 2 offensive), and jammed home a nice put-back dunk en route to eight points. There was a time or so, however, where Vesely did not attack the rim when given room and opportunity… that can’t happen too much more in the future.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 3.5 out of 6 stars

Kevin Seraphin

Kevin Seraphin

McGINNIS: A career-high 16 points with seven rebounds for the French Guiana big man… his physical style in the paint continues to be a welcome change for the new-look Wizards. It will be interesting to see if Kevin can make the proper adjustments when other teams start focusing their defense on him more.
2 Stars (out of 3)
WEIDIE: Seraphin continues to surprise with his shooting touch on offense, but early in the game, his intent was a little too predictable. He forced one shot in the first quarter and also committed a charging violation against Aaron Gray; Kevin clearly wasn’t as ready to pass out of the post as Nene has displayed. Still, Seraphin was able to settle in with a career-high 16 points, played well against Bargnani on a couple defensive possessions, grabbed some key rebounds (3 offensive, 4 defensive — he still needs to get better at the latter), and finally, Kevin showed improvement with his pick-and-roll defense on a couple late-game possessions. Wizards fans should be quite happy with how Seraphin has emerged lately.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 4 out of 6 stars

The Bench

The Bench

McGINNIS: The Wiz’s short-handed second unit was thoroughly out-played by the Raptors and doubled up in points to a 40-20 advantage for Toronto… Roger Mason Jr. buried a couple 3-pointers in Washington’s futile fourth quarter comeback effort. Fans aboard the “Dump for Davis” movement should applaud the horrible output Brian Cook is delivering and be against what the Wizards should do: buy him out and give a D-Leaguer an opportunity in the final few weeks. Cartier Martin went from scoring 20 points against Philly to only taking one shot; he also struggled mightily at staying in front of his man on defense.
1 Star (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Roger Mason Jr.
WEIDIE: Again, when your bench is Cartier Martin, Roger Mason, Brian Cook, and Shelvin Mack, you have to lower your expectations drastically. The bench didn’t contribute much because it wasn’t within their capabilities. But Roger Mason got 12 points on eight shots (3-for-8 on FGs, 2-for-4 on 3-pointers, and 4-for-4 on FTs), so he is the sub of the game.
0.75 Star
Sub Man of the Game: Roger Mason Jr.

BENCH TOTAL: 1.75 out of 6 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

McGINNIS: There are likely other places Randy would have rather been on a Sunday night than coaching a 12-win team in Canada. The Wizards trailed 80-65 in fourth quarter and easily could have succumbed to a blow out loss that was customary when Flip Saunders ran the team. They regrouped and battled to the end, coming up short on a few possessions.
2 Stars (out of 3)
WEIDIE: The game was awful to watch, had to be much less fun to coach. Hang in there Randy, I think…
1.5 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 3.5 out of 6 stars

Seen on the Scene

w/ Adam McGinnis

  • Washington’s starters — Wall (age 21), Crawford (23), Vesely (21), Singleton (22), and Seraphin (22) — became the youngest starting lineup in franchise history.
  • Wall scored his 2,000th point of his professional career, on free-throws.
  • Toronto Raptors wore suspect camouflage green uniforms, which led to this funny exchange between the Wizards television announcers Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier:
    • Buckhantz: “You may have difficulty spotting them on the court tonight. They are wearing camouflage uniforms.
    • Chenier: “I was waiting for a moment to say something about this, but they have to be the ugliest uniforms that I have ever seen. I hope that I don’t offend anybody
    • Buckhantz: “Clearly you won’t”
    • Chenier: “What is your take on these uniforms?”
    • Buckhantz: “I think that they are definitely different. They are different. They have wore them a few times this year.
    • Chenier: “So OK, you are being politically correct. I will get in trouble now.”
    • Buckhantz: “No, you will not get into any trouble, I will see to that.”
  • Between the third and fourth quarter, a commercial for Papa John’s pizza Family Fun pack ran that included a clip of a Ronnie Turiaf dunking and the below image of JaVale McGee. It evidently takes advertising a while to catch up to newer new traditions.

[via @abe_squad]

Top Tweets

@Above_Legit: What an uninspiring effort by John Wall tonight. Seems like I’ve been saying that a lot lately

@McCarrick: Does Etan Thomas have birthday poem prepared?

@DCWIZ: It’s funny, whenever I talk to or about Seraphin I always throw out KAH-Veen, but when I talked to Turiaf about him Ronny used plain Kevin.

End Scene

Quote of the Night:

“We think we’re a different team than the team that started the season and we know that positive momentum, I told the guys, this year can have a lot to do with your success next year.”
-Roger Mason Jr., via Wizards Insider

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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.