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DC Council Game 56: Wizards 98 at Nets 110: Strategically Depleted Wiz Drained In Last New Jersey Flush

Updated: April 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 56 contributors: Ryan Gracia (@rgracia2378), Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis), and Kyle Weidie (@truth_about_it).]


Washington Wizards 98 at New Jersey Nets 110 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ Kyle Weidie

What was statistically most significant: New Jersey had 32 assists to Washington’s 22 — Deron Williams led the way with 13. Meanwhile, his counterpart John Wall: four. Shelvin Mack (8) and Jordan Crawford (5) — JORDAN CRAWFORD! — both out-assisted Wall. Team turnovers were relatively equal (WAS – 16, NJN – 15), but the Nets cared enough to score 28 points off Washington’s give-aways; the Wiz were just bale to muster 19 points off Jersey TOs.

But what could be most statistically memorable about the Wizards’ last game in New Jersey is that the starting lineup of Wall, Crawford, Chris Singleton, Jan Vesely, and Kevin Seraphin finished the game at minus-10 in the plus/minus department; a reserve unit of Mack, Roger Mason, Cartier Martin, Brian Cook, and James Singleton finished plus-11.

[lineup stats according to NBA.com]

Scene of the Game


The Washington Wizards.

Even without JaVale McGee, the highest highs…

… And the lowest lows: Chris Singleton probably wishes he was Sasquatch in this grainy, blown-dunk footage:

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Ryan Gracia, Adam McGinnis and Kyle Weidie

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

John Wall

John Wall

KYLE WEIDIE: Wall’s game and stat line were shoulder shruggers — 18 points, 7-for-15 FGs, 0 attempted 3-pointers, 4-for-5 on free-throws, with six rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal, and four turnovers. Wall is an athlete, that’s for sure — that reverse dunk was awesome — now I can’t wait until he becomes a basketball player, specifically, a point guard. Some of his turnovers were just horrible — with about a minute left in the first quarter, he jumped in the air, did a 90-plus degree spin, his teammates weren’t read to be found, and Wall ended up landing on the ground before passing. Is it hard to judge Wall in this current environment? Yes. Should he be judged anyway? Absolutely. The face of the franchise gets less slack; it’s not anyone’s fault, that’s just how it is.
1.25 Stars (out of 3)
GRACIA: 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks are impressive numbers — especially for a point guard -– but the four assists and four turnovers are worrisome. His decision-making still needs work, as well. His attempted bounce pass to James Singleton with several Nets players surrounding both of them in the paint during the third quarter was a clear example of this.
1.75 Stars
McGINNIS: Second consecutive impressive performance by Wall, and hopefully he has busted out of his recent funk.
2 stars

TOTAL: 5 out of 9 stars

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

RYAN GRACIA: Crawford earned a total of 0.75 stars for his debacle two nights ago against the Pistons. Friday night against the Nets, his stat line was nearly identical. Nine points from 3-for-12 shooting, 3-for-4 from the free throw line, four assists, five rebounds, two turnovers, and two steals in nearly 28 minutes of run. ‘Nuff said, right?
0.25 Star (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Jordan’s shot was not falling, and he tried to contribute by being more of a distributor. Injuries to Nene and Booker are the main reason the Wizards are mired in another long losing streak, but Wall and Crawford being unable to both have solid games at the same time is another factor.
0.5 Star
WEIDIE: Crawford really can’t help himself. When he’s not jacking shots, he’s making the shots he should be taking tough on himself. For instance, his second shot in the first quarter, he had the right mind to drive to the basket, but penetrated too far into the paint and ended up taking a contested runner instead of a stop-and-pop. Crawford also tends to road block the offense when he catches the ball and pauses to assess the situation. ‘KEEP IT MOVING, SON!’ is what I next hope to hear Randy Wittman yelling over television. Fingers crossed for Monday.
0.5 Star

TOTAL: 1.25 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

ADAM McGINNIS: The rookie looked lost on defense, missed box outs and has the worst reflexives on the team. This is the fourth time Singleton has gone against Gerald Wallace, but disappointingly, he has seemingly not learned anything from previous battles. He struggled with the fundamental defensive principle of just staying in front of Wallace and falls for his shot fakes. Singleton finished with eight points, one steal and zero rebounds or assists in 19 minutes.
0.5 Star 
GRACIA: Nineteen minutes. Eight points. Two fouls. One steal that led to one sad missed dunk. Luckily for Chris, Crawford and Wall had two incredible dunks that may allow people the chance to forget his SportsCenter Not Top 10 Play nomination.
0.25 Star
WEIDIE: So the guy missed a break-away dunk but had the confidence to come back and hit a 3-pointer… What I want to know is: Why zero rebounds in 19 minutes, Chris? Gerald Wallace consumed him and is probably still picking bits of Singleton out of his teeth.
0.75 Star

TOTAL: 1.5 out of 9 stars

Jan Vesely

Jan Vesely

ADAM McGINNIS: Jan is getting an important opportunity to develop on the court and gradually the game is slowing down out there for him.  He made another jump shot, and his increased confidence on offense is encouraging. Vesely still experiences lulls and his lack of strength hurt him down low versus the Nets. His final stat line of four points and five rebounds in 23 minutes clearly needs improvement.
0.5 Stars 
GRACIA: Not too much from Vesely in this one. You never really know
what the young Czech will provide from game to game. He’s as raw as sushi and we know his shooting is no fun to watch. What bothered me from Friday night, though, was one specific play. He picked up a loose ball in the paint early in the third quarter and immediately went up for a finger roll that had absolutely no touch on it whatsoever. No feel on the ball, no thought behind the shot. He just picked it up and lobbed it towards the hoop with a prayer. Needless to say, it was not answered.
0.5 Star
WEIDIE: I don’t know what else to say about Jan other than I cannot wait until the next Jan Vesely Diaries. “The refs blow the whistle a lot when I help out in dealing with screens, I have to absorb those different assessments of some fouls quickly,” wrote Jan in a March 2 entry. Keep learning, son.
0.75 Stars

TOTAL: 1.75 out of 9 stars

Kevin Seraphin

Kevin Seraphin

KYLE WEIDIE: We’ve all been impressed with Kevin’s soft touch on offense, his ability to hold his ground (in the least) with his size on both ends of the floor, and most surprisingly, his rapid ascension. But now Kevin has to find his inner nasty. “POWER!!,” Randy Wittman yelled at Seraphin in the third quarter. The coach said something inaudible (over television) before ‘Power’, but his message was clear: Kevin had caught the ball right under the rim, and sure, he was in a crowd, but as a big man bull, you gotta go through that crowd and at least draw a foul; punish them for crowding you. Instead, Seraphin tried to make a tough pass out to Jan Vesely, the result was a turnover. There’s also that Gerald Green dunk (seen below) which just might serve as an example of Seraphin’s lack of nastiness. Kevin had 15 points (6-for-13 FGs), nine rebounds (six offensive) and three blocks in 35 minutes, but he also had a team-worst minus-27. Seraphin has come along quickly, but don’t be ready to anoint him as anything yet… Unless you are looking for everything Andray Blatche never was with doses of coachability that JaVale McGee refused to have. Love Kev.
2 Stars (out of 3)
GRACIA: Seraphin has been an enormous bright spot during this tough season, especially as of late. That is no surprise to anyone, of course. So another 15-and-nine to go along with three blocks against a third-straight tough frontcourt matchup should also be of no surprise to anyone with the confidence he has played with recently. Yet it still gives me reason to smile at seeing some major progress from the second-year softie.
2.25 Stars
McGINNIS: Kevin has quickly became the Wizards most consistent offensive performer as he narrowly missed out on another double-double. He continues to be a monster on the offensive glass.
2 stars

TOTAL: 6.25 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

RYAN GRACIA: The second unit got some good run against the Nets, especially in the second and fourth quarters when the group of Shelvin Mack, Cartier Martin, Roger Mason, James Singleton, and Brian Cook kept the game within reach during their extended minutes on the floor. Their time was highlighted by Mack’s beautiful, pinpoint pass to Martin for a nice layup at the 9:07 mark in the second quarter to bring the team within single digits for a 30-39 deficit. Overall, with 44 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 assists, the second unit more than made up for what they lacked a night earlier against the Pistons. I like Mason’s 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting but Mack’s near double-double (10 points, eight assists) makes me proud.
2.5 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Shelvin Mack
McGINNIS: Steady Shelvin Mack had an impressive eight assists in only 18 minutes, Roger Mason drained a few three balls and James Singleton scrapped.
1.5 stars
Sub Man of the Game: Shelvin Mack
WEIDIE: The bench players did their job on this night. In fact, the starters only out-scored the bench 54-44… and Brian Cook didn’t even make a bucket! Roger Mason is showing that what was seen of him in training camp wasn’t wrong.
2 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Shelvin Mack

BENCH TOTAL: 6 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

ADAM McGINNIS: Being the third straight game and fifth in six days, this contest was set up to be a blow out. The Wizards do not play until Monday (hello, Bobcats) and the staff could use a few days off.
1.5 Stars 
GRACIA: There’s not much a coach can do when the opposing team shoots 56.2 percent from the field. From the start, Wittman’s bench players were making good with their minutes and he went to them often. He was rewarded greatly with his decision to give nearly 29 minutes to Martin, 26 minutes to James Singleton, 20 to Mason, and 19 to Mack off the bench. They had a total plus/minus rating of plus-25 on the floor as compared to the minus-85 rating from his starters. A good move by Wittman to drop PT minutes from Singleton and Vesely in this one.
2.25 Stars
WEIDIE: It’s pretty unfair that Randy Wittman is in this situation… with so many injuries, he’s barely getting a chance to build his resume in terms of being able to return as Wizards coach. Will he be considered? How will Ted Leonsis reward his clear hard work as interim coach? Or will the Theodore Unit go for the gusto with a big name to be the next coach? This is going to be a very interesting offseason for the Wizards. Change is exciting, but nothing indicates that Wittman can’t be part of the future, potentially.
2 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 5.75 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

An example of when Kevin Seraphin needs to get nasty, this Gerald Green dunk:

End Scene


“Tough stretch for us. A stretch that we’ll never have to go through again as NBA players.
-Brian Cook, 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.