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DC Council Game 57: Wizards 113 at Bobcats 85: Wiz Scratch Cats In Lottery Blowout

Updated: April 10, 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 57 contributors: Rashad Mobley (@rashad20), John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend), and Kyle Weidie (@truth_about_it).]


Washington Wizards 113 at Charlotte Bobcats 85 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ John Converse Townsend

Wizards Bench:
67 points (22-for-41 from the field), 26 rebounds, eight assists, four steals, four blocks, four turnovers.

Bobcats Starters:
44 points (16-for-45 from the field), 25 rebounds, 10 assists, four steals, two blocks, eight turnovers.

Scene of the Game


John Wall to Chris Singleton.

Under shot clock pressure…

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

RASHAD MOBLEY: On Monday morning, Brent Barry was on NBA TV providing commentary about Rajon Rondo’s seven points and 15 assists. He marveled at how Rondo and Steve Nash could control the game without really having to take a single, solitary shot. In his two-year tenure in D.C., John Wall has shown very brief flashes of that skill, but nothing to place him in the Rondo/Nash class. Last night, even though it happened against the lowly Bobcats (Are we kidding? The Wizards are lowly too.), Wall controlled the tempo from the opening tip. Within the first 90 seconds of the game, he had a layup, a steal, and an assist to Kevin Seraphin. By the end of the first quarter, he had two points and five assists, and by halftime he still had two points (on four shots) and eight assists. By the end of Wall’s night (he didn’t play the fourth quarter), Wall still had two points (on six shots) but he dished out 12 assists, and he had the Wizards running the fast break to perfection. Against a stronger team, his lack of scoring could have been an issue, but last night, Wall’s game was exactly what the Wizards needed.
2.5 Stars (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: It’s nice to see that John Wall, a North Carolina native, doesn’t always need to score points to keep the Wizards competitive. His two points on the evening tied a season low, but Wall did set the tempo (and sliced the Bobcats defense with some pinpoint passes) to the tune of a dozen assists and no turnovers. If you check the tape, the “bad pass” to a cutting Kevin Seraphin that led to a turnover at the 6:43 mark in the first quarter was actually thrown by Jordan Crawford, not Wall.
3 Stars
WEIDIE: The 3-pointer Wall took, wide open, from the corner early in the first quarter was so prolonged with so much wasted, unfluid motion, I’ve probably never been more skeptical of Wall’s jump shot than I am now. He missed, by the way. But on this game in Charlotte, he knew what time it was, and gladly experienced the joy of passing with 12 assists to just one (credited) turnover and a win in front of Carolina friends and family.
2.25 stars

TOTAL: 7.75 out of 9 stars

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: “Have ball, will shoot, at all times,” said Bobcats play-by-play man, Steve Martin, in reference to Jordan Crawford. But to the gunner’s credit, Crawford had an efficient night in Charlotte, dropping 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting. For the most part, Crawford played in control and took advantage of favorable match-ups, including one against the bigger but slower Gerald Henderson, which he exploited for points at the rim. Sure, you could deduct points for a couple of wild shot attempts (and the “and-1” pleas that followed, even after misses), but J-Craw was exactly what the Wizards needed at the SG position last night. Crawford also contributed three assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes of action.
2.75 Star (out of 3)
MOBLEY: Jordan must have read Kyle Weidie’s article on his inefficiency before yesterday’s game, because he was as efficient as he’s ever been against the Bobcats. He scored 20 points in 21 minutes (all his points were in the first and third quarter) and he shot 58-percent (7-of-12). But as we’ve learned with Crawford, one good game is not the problem, it’s the entitlement he feels the next night (tonight against Orlando) where the problem lies.
2.5 Stars
WEIDIE: With three assists, Crawford didn’t necessarily share the ball more, but he was definitely a more patient player against the Bobcats. When the Wizards were setting the tone in the first quarter, and when Crawford had 11 of his 20 points, he drove baseline on one play. As he attracted attention, Kevin Seraphin put himself in the right place to catch an assist. Not two minutes later, same play, Crawford darted baseline — this time the defense encroached, but also found the cutters. Crawford assessed the closing passing lanes and made a tough reverse layup. The good side of Jordan F. Crawford
2.25 Stars

TOTAL: 7.5 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

KYLE WEIDIE: Singleton played 10.5 minutes and was the beneficiary of one sweet John Wall cross-court bounce pass as the shot clock was running down… 3-point bucket, good. Otherwise, that’s it: three points, two shot attempts, one rebound, one foul and one nice help-side block. Corey Maggette came in and immediately starting pushing Chris around. Toughen up, rook.
0.5 Star 
MOBLEY: In an otherwise uplifting night for the Wizards, Singleton continued to contribute nothing to the cause. He hit a 3-pointer in the first quarter off a nice pass from Wall and did little else the remainder of the game. Meanwhile, Cartier Martin and James Singleton, each on 10-day contracts, played like world-beaters.
0.25 Star
TOWNSEND: Not a lot to write home about here, but Singleton did finish the game with a respectable plus-16 plus/minus. Go home and tell your mom you had a nice day, rookie.
1 Star

TOTAL: 1.75 out of 9 stars

Jan Vesely

Jan Vesely

RASHAD MOBLEY: For all JaVale McGee’s flaws, it was clear that he and Wall had a special chemistry in the open court. Wall would fly end-to-end, McGee would follow suit, Wall would throw the ball anywhere around the rim, and McGee would dunk with no regard for human life. Last night, Vesely did his best McGee impression and then some. He dunked alley-oops, he caught the ball off the break at impossible angles and finished, he blocked two shots, he rebounded with authority, and he played with confidence. Even when he shot and missed, it was still refreshing to see Vesely even attempt shots, when for most of the season, he’d pass and set a pick (which he still found time to do last night). The phrase “yeah, but it was against the Bobcats” applies to most of the Wizards last night, but not a player like Vesely who needs as many reps as possible.
2 Stars 
TOWNSEND: Jan Vesely played like he was eight feet tall and weighed 300 pounds, chopping down the Bobcats front court like Paul Bunyan on his way to his first career double-double. Brush some of that dirt off your shoulder, big man.
2.5 Star
WEIDIE: Vesely critics had to be picking some crow out of their teeth after Jan’s gathering of a loose ball off John Wall’s deflection and then dribble drive the full length of the court for the lay-in against Bismack Biyombo. Vesely was aggressive on offense, tried some jumpers and missed them all (he faded on one… needs to work on those mechanics… it’s OK), found his way to a bunch offensive rebounds, tips and 50-50 balls, and notched his first career double-double (11 and 11 in 26 minutes). Nice.
2.5 Stars

TOTAL: 7 out of 9 stars

Kevin Seraphin

Kevin Seraphin

RASHAD MOBLEY: Kevin scored six of this 10 points in fourth quarter, which really doesn’t count since that was something worse than garbage time. And he only had four rebounds against a front line of Derrick Brown, Bismack Biyombo and Byron Mullens, so that was a bit disappointing. Those stats will come back and haunt him tonight against the Orlando Magic, but last night, it was a non-issue. What WAS an issue (in a good way) was Seraphin’s passing. Maybe he was influenced by Wall, or maybe he used the Bobcats as his own personal guinea pig to try new moves, but Seraphin’s three second-quarter assists were a thing of beauty. He found Shelvin Mack for a reverse layup, thirty seconds later he found James Singleton with a touch pass for wide open dunk, and he later found James again for an easy layup. If he can consistently add that facet of his game to the soft touch, physical defense, and skillful post moves, he can be a legitimate backup center.
1.5 Stars (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: Seraphin played the role of closer in eight minutes of fourth-quarter run where he knocked down six of his 10 points, including a pretty 7-foot hook shot that made me all but forget the JaVale McGee Post Play Experiment. Seraphin could do a better job on the boards; he recorded just four rebounds in 29 minutes. If Seraphin is unwilling to jump for loose balls (and, at times, it appeared he was), he should at least use that wide body and throw his weight around.
1.25 Stars
WEIDIE: Kevin continued to show nice touch in the post and had three very nice assists (being a hockey assist conduit), but he also found himself in foul trouble and at times tried to get too cute with his offense. He got the ball knocked away by a guard, shot a Blatche-like fadeaway, and got called for palming late in the game. It’s OK, these are all parts of the ups and downs of Kevin’s development, as long as he strives for balance along the way.
1.25 stars

TOTAL: 4 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Boy, is it nice to have Cartier Martin and James Singleton back on the roster. At halftime, this pair of 10-day contractors had outscored the Bobcats’ starters, 27-21, with Singleton leading the team in points (14), rebounds (8), and blocks (2). Singleton finished the game with 26 points, 12 boards, three assists, and two steals. Martin, who has always been a smart (if limited) player, showed off an improved jump shot, scoring 19 points on 13 shots (4-for-8 from behind the arc). Roger Mason, not to be forgotten, made his presence felt from 3-point land, too, hitting five bombs of his own. Shelvin Mack had a breakout game. He was just 2-for-4 from the field, but Mack made a living from the charity stripe, making seven of 10 attempts — Mack’s career-high FTA coming into last night’s game was four, set against New Jersey this past Friday. Brian Cook was his usual self: two points and one rebound in four minutes of action.
3 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: James Singleton
MOBLEY: On a good baseball team, the starter will pitch 6-7 innings and leave with a lead, and the relief pitchers will hold the lead and win the game in the 2-3 remaining innings.  The Wizards starters got out to 31-20 first quarter lead, and the second team lead by Cartier Martin (13 points), James Singleton (9 points, 6 rebounds) and the efficient point guard play of Shelvin Mack did just that. They out-scored the Bobcats 29-20, and basically put the game out of reach.
3 stars
Sub Man of the Game: James Singleton
WEIDIE: Cartier Martin and James Singleton have to garner significant interest from the team going into training camp next season — this time neither will likely be in China, which was due to the lockout this year. Each had tremendous games and have proven themselves fully capable of being the 11th thru 13th players on a solid squad.
3 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: James Singleton

BENCH TOTAL: 9 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

KYLE WEIDIE: Witt had his boys playing the right way from the beginning to the end, Charlotte being the opponent notwithstanding. Guys like Cartier Martin and James Singleton have helped the coach’s sanity stay afloat during these times of injuries and futility. Wittman also necessarily gave a lineup of Shelvin Mack, Roger Mason, Martin, Singleton and Kevin Seraphin a game-high 16 minutes, and they rewarded him with a plus-7. Let’s see what the starters have in their tank against Orlando tonight.
2 Stars 
MOBLEY: Kudos to the coach for keeping the productive bench players in the game in the second quarter, instead of doing the knee-jerk reaction of putting the starters back in after five or six minutes. That move alone kept his starters rested for tomorrow, gave the bench players a chance to gain more confidence, and basically allowed the coaching staff to kick back and relax for the entire second half. Win, win, win.
2 Stars
TOWNSEND: The Wizards outscored the ‘Cats in the paint (44-40), in second chance opportunities (13-10), in transition (26-15), and led by as many as 32 points. Give credit to Wittman for a drawing up the perfect game plan, and to the Bobcats for holding still for 48 minutes.
3 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 7 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

Jan Vesely, full court…

End Scene


“Ernie saw something in Kevin Seraphin early on that he loved, in the same way that he liked Andray Blatche’s game…”
-Comcast’s Steve Buckhantz with the worst quote in the world…

One thing that he always talked about was his ability to be physical and the fact that he liked to be physical..”
-partner Phil Chenier’s follow up.

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Founder / Editor / Reporter / Writer at TAI
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.