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DC Council Game 58: Wizards 93 vs Magic 85: With Superman Out, Kevin Seraphin Dons A Cape

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Updated: April 13, 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 58 contributors: Markus Allen, John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend), and Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It).]

Score

Washington Wizards 93 vs Orlando Magic 85 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ Kyle Weidie

It wasn’t that Orlando didn’t hit 3-pointers, they were 11-for-35 against the Wizards, and they average 10.2 makes and 26.9 attempts per game on the season. No, the Magic, without Dwight Howard, didn’t get to the free throw line, going just 6-for-10 from the stripe; Orlando averages 15.4 made free throws per game. The Wizards outscored the Magic 46 to 34 in the paint and held Orlando to below 54-percent shooting at the rim, which is just the ninth time that’s happened to the Magic all season.

Scene of the Game

 

John Wall Spin-Cycle.

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Markus Allen, John Converse Townsend
and Kyle Weidie

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

John Wall

John Wall

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: John Wall has begun to look like a real, live NBA point guard. Wall put so much pressure on the Magic defense; early on, he had plenty of help from screen action near the 3-point line, which opened the door for cutters along the baseline. Wall made manipulating the defense look easy, and had no issues hitting Jan Vesely and Kevin Seraphin for easy scores at the rim. After missing a pair of long 2-point jumpers which allowed the Magic to get within five points late in the ball game, the pass-first John Wall sprung back into action: Wall first hit Jordan Crawford on the wing for a 3-point bucket, then found James Singleton for 2, building an eight-point lead that sealed the game with less than a minute to play.
2.25 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: With the rest of the team scoring so well, John Wall could actually relax and play efficient basketball without the worry of being the leading scorer (he had 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting). He was active on the defensive end, being physical with Jameer Nelson to get two steals and one block. He also had seven assists, and ended the night in spectacular fashion with an alley-oop to James Singleton.
2 Stars
WEIDIE: Wall, along with Kevin Seraphin, was instrumental in the Wizards’ strong 23-12 second quarter; they had to claw their way back after getting down 28-19 to Orlando after the first 12 minutes. He got careless at times, unsuccessful trying to go through Big Baby Davis’ legs with the ball late in the first half — seven assists to four turnovers isn’t great — and Wall had some ill-advised attempts late in the game. But, I guess we should look past this stuff in meaningless games. Wall was aggressive, especially on defense, had a couple great spinning drives to the hoop, and hey, the Wizards won.
2 stars

TOTAL: 6.25 out of 9 stars

Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford

JOHN CONVERSE TOWNSEND: Ten of Crawford’s 18 shot attempts came in the third quarter, where Crawford succeeded in hearing his named called over the PA system more often than any other player. J-Craw did score eight straight points in the 3rd, but there were times where he forced his offense into triple-teams when he should have instead passed the ball to one of two open teammates. The combo guard did manage to go 6-for-7 on layup attempts, while also making all five of his free throws on the night. Defensively, Crawford struggled to keep up with J.J. Redick around ball screens, most evident in the first quarter where the Magic guard scored 11 points, including a 4-point play, on six attempts.
2 Stars (out of 3)
ALLEN: Jordan Crawford finished 10-for-18 with 21 points, four rebounds and four assists. Since his 3-point shot wasn’t falling (1-for-5), Crawford scored in other ways by attacking the basket and showing his toughness in the lane. To his credit, the one 3-pointer Crawford hit was the dagger that put the Wizards up 89-81 with 1:20 left.
2 Stars
WEIDIE: Holy Smokes… Jordan Crawford’s second patient game in a row also somehow translated into the second consecutive Wizards wins. Early on, it looked like J.J. Redick was going to get the best of JC, but Crawford fought back with a 10-point third quarter on 5-for-10 shooting. Jordan needs to chill on the fancy, careless passing at times, but at least he’s been willing. Also, on the season he’s averaged 2.6 field goal attempts at the rim per game (1.5 makes); against Orlando he made six shots at the rim.
2.25 Stars

TOTAL: 6.25 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

KYLE WEIDIE: Two points, 0-for-4 shooting, two turnovers, four rebounds (all defensive), and one foul in 19 minutes… Yep, a very Chris Singleton line. Sometimes he allowed for too much room for Jason Richardson to shoot 3-pointers; one time J.J. Redick completely blew by Singleton off the dribble (the help defense wasn’t there, either). Not to say he’s not capable, Singleton’s been hit with a lot as a rookie, but he hasn’t displayed as many instances of that relentless, hustling defender that one would have hoped.
0.5 Star 
ALLEN: Chris Singleton did his usual act, he was a starter but only logged 19 minutes of playing time. He had four rebounds, and two turnovers in the time that he was on the court..
0.5 Star
TOWNSEND: Cartier Martin ought to start over Chris Singleton. In a way,
Singleton is a starter in name only: 10-day contractor Cartier Martin
has played an average of 30 minutes over the last three games, while
Singleton seen fewer than 20 minutes of action in the same three
contests.
0.25 Star

TOTAL: 1.25 out of 9 stars

Jan Vesely

Jan Vesely

MARKUS ALLEN: I like Jan Vesely’s energy, and what he brings to the game even if he is not scoring. He had nine rebounds, but what was most impressive was his ability to stay out of foul trouble (two in 33 minutes), and avoid turnovers (0). There were times he was very active on the defensive end, running out to the perimeter to guard Ryan Anderson, who went 1-7 from 3 point range.
1 Star 
TOWNSEND: There has been plenty of negativity directed toward Vesely’s offense, but Wizards watchers are finally getting a chance to see what he can
do. Vesely is attempting 7.7 field goal attempts in April, up from just 2.9 in March, and producing. Vesely is scoring 9.5 points per game this month, compared to 4.6 in the last, while also improving his field goal percentage over the course of the season, now in the high 50s. Granted, Vesely is still looking for a jump shot (and the right touch from the free throw line), but the rookie’s offense is showing signs of life. On Tuesday night in particular, Vesely had five points on five shots, but he also recorded nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, and zero turnovers.
1.75 Stars
WEIDIE: Little impact from Vesely in the scoring department, as he still has a long way to go before he achieves a rhythmic offensive comfort zone. A couple times versus Orlando he passed out the painted area instead of attacking, and we like that he’s more willing to take jumpers, he just needs to hone his mechanics (such as going straight up and down). Still, Jan found a way to impact the game, making it tough on Ryan Anderson early and snagging nine boards.
1.75 Stars

TOTAL: 4.5 out of 9 stars

Kevin Seraphin

Kevin Seraphin

MARKUS ALLEN: It was a career game for Kevin Seraphin, and he was active on both ends of the floor. Seraphin went 11-for-16 with 24 points, scoring in the post in a variety of ways. He would receive the ball, shoulder shake slightly to the right, and then finish with a nice left hook shot. There were also times where he just physically dominated Glen Davis and backed his way into the paint for easy buckets. While he had a solid offensive game, he also was active on defense, grabbing 11 defensive rebounds and 4 blocks. Seraphin really took advantage of the fact that Dwight Howard, and Nene, weren’t playing, and was determined to be the best center on the floor. It was either him… or Glen Davis, and Kevin definitely showed up.
3 Stars (out of 3)
TOWNSEND: Kevin Seraphin was at times “so impressive” that he left Wizards broadcast analyst, Phil Chenier, at a loss for words. He has made Muresan-sized strides with his offensive development, now able find space and create space as well as comfortably finish possessions with either hand. You could tell that Seraphin was looking for his shot against the Magic’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis, scoring 10 of the Washington’s first 22 points, and his aggressiveness paid off to tune of 24 points on 11-of-16 shooting on the night. On the other side of the ball, Seraphin had trouble slowing Davis early, who looked to be the stronger of the two after bulldozing his way into the paint for points and grabbing five rebounds in the first quarter. Seraphin, to his credit, kept battling and won the match-up to lead all players in points, rebounds (13) and blocks (4).
2.5 Stars
WEIDIE: What Kevin did against Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis and Ryan Anderson was nice, really nice, but I really would’ve liked to see Seraphin battle Dwight Howard on this current confident high of his. Teams are continuing to underestimate his one-on-one offensive skill; hopefully the Wizards will best prepare him for the changing defenses and double teams he will start to see. But if Seraphin continues to keep himself in the lane, not much can go wrong with his development. The most refreshing aspect: unlike JaVale McGee, Seraphin’s post offense is not panicked and he’s proven himself a willing passer.
2.75 stars

TOTAL: 8.25 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

KYLE WEIDIE: Not only has fan/blogger-favorite Cartier Martin returned to the Wizards, he’s also made significant improvement. His 3-point percentage in nine games this season is only up to .410 from .394 in 52 games with the team last season, but his overall FG% up to .485 from .390 last season. That large increase really conveys what Cartier has shown on the court: that he’s improved as a player, and in offensive confidence, since Wizards fans last saw him. The best part is that Cartier started off slow and kept working hard; after going 0-for-3 from deep in the first half, he went 2-for-3 in the second half. Big Game James (Singleton) had a big game, but I’m buying a Subway sandwich for Cartier.
2.25 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Cartier Martin
ALLEN: James Singleton and Cartier Martin have continued to play well on their 10-day contracts. Singleton has brought interior toughness, and a veteran presence; and Cartier Martin has brought a steady 3-point presence, as well as being a small forward who can play defense and attack the basket. Martin/Singleton combined to go 10-for-17 with 24 points and 11 rebounds. The rest of the bench was quiet, Mason and Mack combined to go 1-for-8 with four points.
3 stars
Sub Man of the Game: James Singleton
TOWNSEND: It was another nice showing for the 10-day contract crew, Cartier
Martin and James Singleton, who combined for 24 points, 11 rebounds,
three assists, one steal, and zero turnovers. These guys aren’t (yet)
getting paid like professionals, but they look the part.
2 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: James Singleton

BENCH TOTAL: 7.25 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

KYLE WEIDIE: With about five minutes left in the third quarter, it appeared as if the Wizards were trying to run the ole Jordan Crawford to John Wall alley-oop play as a first option. When Orlando sniffed it out, the ball was swung to Chris Singleton in the far left corner. With both Seraphin and Vesely out high and Quentin Richardson closing out slowly on Singleton, it looked like Chris had a nice oppotunity to drive baseline and create something for himself or his teammates. Instead, he hesitated, waited for the defense to recover and ended up passing the ball out to Crawford as Randy Wittman yelled (as hear over television), “DO SOMETHIN’” Crawford ended up driving against the late double of Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick, kicked the ball back out to Singleton, who missed the open 3-pointer, but Crawford then got the offensive board and put-back. Yep, coach, something was done.
2 Stars 
ALLEN: It was great to see the Wizards guard the perimeter against the Magic, as they went 11-35 from deep. In the fourth quarter, Wittman’s team tightened up on defense, and Orlando only went 2-for-5 from deep when it counted. It was also great to see Singleton and Martin close out the game, as the lineup of Wall/Crawford/Martin/J. Singleton/Seraphin shot 59-percent and shared the ball, combining for 16 assists.
2 Stars
TOWNSEND: Randy Wittman did more than Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy with just as little. The Magic didn’t have a shot-blocker to protect the rim, and Wittman reminded his boys before the game to be aggressive and not settle for jumpers. Though the Wizards didn’t outscore the Magic in the paint (20-22), they did shoot 50-percent from the field and recorded more assists (20-16) than the visiting team.
3 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 7 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Screen

Did we say John Wall could block shots too?

End Scene

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

“Jordan’s [Crawford] doing a great job. A lot of people criticize him for taking bad shots, but that’s just the type of player he is. Some shots are going to be bad, but he makes those type of shots. That’s how his game is. With him being a scorer, we really need that with our offense right now.”
-John Wall via Wizards Insider