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DC Council Game 66: Wizards 104 vs Heat 70: Wizards Finish Hot With Defeat Over Heat

Updated: April 27, 2012

Newly Stoic Nene. 

[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. Game 66 contributors: Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20) from behind the television screen and Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis) and Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) from the Verizon Center.]


Washington Wizards 104 vs Miami Heat 70 [box score]

Stat of the Game

w/ Kyle Weidie

Two early third-quarter assists brought John Wall’s total on the night to 11; meanwhile, the Heat had yet to score a bucket in the second half, so their total made field-goals stood at 12.

Wall finished the night with 12 assists (in 25 minutes, seven came in the first quarter), but would fall way short in his battle of individual assists versus the made field goals for an entire opposing team. Miami finished 24-for-67 from the field. In an odd transposition of numbers, the Wizards shot 42-for-76.

Scene of the Game

Nene… Who knew that the best post player for the Wizards would turn out to be a guy with the same amount of letters in his name as the number of upper-case letters in the last center’s name. What was his name again? Not as many yuks, but he’s the type of GIF that good centers give…

 It’s a simple game… Nene to a cutting Morris Almond.

D.C. Flag 3-Star Ratings

w/ Adam McGinnis, Rashad Mobley,
and Kyle Weidie 

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

John Wall

John Wall

RASHAD MOBLEY: The odds of a good performance against the Miami Heat were stacked against John Wall, given that a) it was the second night of a back-to-back; b) LeBron, Wade and Bosh weren’t playing; c) it was the last game of the season; and d) the night before Wall dropped 21 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, and seven steals. And yet, after the first quarter of last night’s game, Wall had five points, seven assists, and he was playing with a Goodman-league like moxie. Whether it was Mario Chalmers or Norris Cole bringing the ball up the court, Wall crouched down in a defensive stance and pressured them. And whether he knows it or not, Wall has set the bar high for next year by playing at a high level in April.
2 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: The Game Changer closed out his season in fine fashion by dominating the game with his passing ability from the opening jump.
2.5 Stars
WEIDIE: Well, John Wall, your sophomore campaign was no slump after all. You’ve recently owned teams from the mundane to those with severe inefficiencies, but hey, if Ernie Grunfeld gets you a more solid core of teammates (and the Wizards are well on their way there… but the shooters! think about the shooters FCOL!), then you may just start dominating good to very good teams as early as next season. Wall, again, physically dominated Mario Chalmers and the Big 3-less Heat. As a point guard with his size and speed, his goal should always be physical domination. See you next year, Johnny.
2.5 Stars

TOTAL: 7 out of 9 stars

Cartier Martin

Jordan Crawford

ADAM McGINNIS: In what could be his swan song for the Wizards once again, Cartier finished with 12 points, 2-for-4 on 3-point shooting, three rebounds, and two steals. He even provided a wicked one-handed tip-in.
2 Stars (out of 3)
MOBLEY: This was Cartier’s second consecutive start, and his final chance to make an impression on Wizards management and coaches. Against the Heat, Cartier demonstrated why he can be asset to the team. He shot 4-for-8 from the field, 2-for-4 from the 3-point line, and he played hard defensively. Most importantly, Martin showed once again that instant offense is part of his arsenal.
1.75 Stars
WEIDIE: Cartier bounced-back nicely in his second start for an injured Jordan Crawford. On the second possession of the second half, he got a steal, found John Wall, and turned on the jets to run with him. Sure, Cartier might have figured that Wall would attempt to finish at the rim in transition, but he knew he had to be available—just in case. So when Wall got caught under defense pressure and looked back for a teammates to bail him out, Cartier was there, and a 3-ball was drained. Martin also got a one-handed offensive rebound put-back. Nice.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 5.75 out of 9 stars

Chris Singleton

Chris Singleton

RASHAD MOBLEY: When the assignments for this last installment of the DC Counci were sent out, my fellow TAI colleague Adam McGinnis joked that he was glad I was assigned Chris Singleton, since he was looking so good (at that point, he had made consecutive jumpers). And for the first 12 minutes of the game, Singleton did, indeed, shoot like an All-Star. When John Wall would drive and kick to him, he hit three of his five shots, and for the quarter he had seven points total. Unfortunately, Singleton did not score a single basket after that juncture, despite logging 12 more minutes. In fact, every other Wizards player scored during that span except for Singleton. And therein lies the issue with Singleton. As Phil Chenier alluded to on the television broadcast, “Singleton had an encouraging, but uneven year.” Singleton either had to develop a consistent shot or a consistent defensive presence this season. When neither are in play, he’s just plain invisible —like he was after Thursday night’s opening quarter.
1.25 Stars
McGINNIS: Chris started the game by knocking down three straight shots in rhythm, and then he kind of disappeared.
1.5 Stars
WEIDIE: Even though Singleton shot 3-for-8 (3-for-5 in the game’s first six minutes), I haven’t seen Singleton more confident in his jumper all season. Baby steps, I suppose. After the game, I asked Chris to grade his rookie season, he gave himself a ‘D’—I have no qualms with that assessment, and his honesty is admirable. So, although his rookie season was a disappointment, the book on if he’ll become a solid NBA player—a lockdown defender—hasn’t really gotten past the table of contents. Lots left to be written.
1.5 Stars

TOTAL: 4.25 out of 9 stars

Jan Vesely

Jan Vesely

KYLE WEIDIE: In 23.5 minutes, Vesely scored 11 points on 5-for-7 shooting with eight rebounds, three steals, an assist, a block, a turnover, and zero fouls. Two of his buckets were the result of offensive rebound put-backs—one a dunk off a Brian Cook miss, the other a crazy one-armed tip off a Wall miss. Two of his buckets came in transition, both of them lobs from Wall. Finally, one of Jan’s buckets came thanks to some fancy footwork, duping that old bag Juwan Howard (yep, Chill Out Juwan Howard went over an off-ball screen for Jan); Jan then caught a long lob from Wall for a smooth finish. Who needs the kid to shoot jumpers well when he just hangs around the rim all the time? Super Bonus: he and Wall are really starting to develop some nice chemistry with that lob connection.
2.5 Stars
McGINNIS: Jan was doing his usual thing of running around, hustling, dunking off lobs, tipping in loose balls, and smiling.
2 Stars
MOBLEY: Jan all but shed the shyness that plagued his game for more than half of this season and became an all-around player. Last night, he slammed home Wall’s passes, he kept possessions alive with his rebounding, he had three steals, and he did all of this without having a single, solitary play run for him. It can be argued that the sixth pick in the 2011 draft should have BEEN playing like this, but still, it is encouraging to see.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 6.5 out of 9 stars

Kevin Seraphin

Kevin Seraphin

RASHAD MOBLEY: In the 25 minutes and 15 seconds Kevin Seraphin was on the court, he demonstrated what is both encouraging and a bit troubling about his ever-improving game. On the encouraging side, he scored in double figures for the 16th consecutive game, and Seraphin continues to look comfortable maneuvering in the low post. But he struggled to get off against the bigger Eddy Curry, and Seraphin’s rebounding numbers (he had three last night) continue to be low. Still, Seraphin’s game flourished in the March and April, and next season when he inevitably resumes his role off the bench, his game experience this season will come in handy.
1.75 Stars (out of 3)
McGINNIS: Sixteen straight games in double figures for Kevin to close out his sophomore season; a busy summer lies ahead for him as he could play a major role for Team France in the Olympics.
2 Stars
WEIDIE: I think people like to compare Seraphin’s stupendous run at the end of this season to past season-ending runs of Andray Blatche (and we’re not talking about the runs from eating mad, mad burritos). Those comparisons need to stop. Blatche’s late-seasons performances were often contingent on the maneuvering of his adept, swingman-like skills as a so-called big man. Seraphin, on the other end, begins his success with size, girth, power, and the willingness to work in the paint. These are huge differences. So should Wizards be confident that Kevin’s skills are more “for real”? A resounding yes. He has solidly proven that he has what it takes to be a post scorer at the NBA level, now it’s just the rest of his game that needs a lot of work.
2 Stars

TOTAL: 5.75 out of 9 stars

The Bench

The Bench

ADAM McGINNIS: The six game winning streak can be attributed to the high-quality play of the second unit. They have rarely lost leads, and in most cases, like the win in Chicago, fought back from deficits to go ahead. Nenê was simply dominant in the second quarter by dropping dimes, throwing shots and finishing at the rim with athletic grace. He tallied 15 points and 7 rebounds. Old Mo Evans led the team in scoring with 18 points and even had two break away slams. Everyone who played scored at least four points.
2.5 Stars (out of 3)
Sub Man of the Game: Mo Evans
MOBLEY: The bench players played starter minutes in last night, and they did not disappoint. Mo Evans and Nenê (18 and 15 points respectively) handled the scoring, Shelvin Mack handled the assists (7), and James Singleton grabbed eight rebounds, and was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of Juwan Howard pseudo-tough guy tactics (Juwan got a tech for pushing James).
3 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Mo Evans
WEIDIE: This game was the village bicycle (or a prostitute, as the old joke goes)… everyone got a turn. Unlike Wednesday night in Cleveland, all 11 players who played for Washington scored. #BrianCookAlert Otherwise, Mo Evans gets the MVP, no doubt—nice job to end the season with 18 points off the bench and two (TWO!) dunks. Nene did his thing with 15 points, seven boards, three assists, and two blocks—one minute he was hitting wiry scoop shots around Joel Anthony, the next he was passing the over his head, and the double-team, for an assist to a cutting Morris Almond.
2.75 Stars
Sub Man of the Game: Mo Evans

BENCH TOTAL: 8.25 out of 9 stars

The Coach: Randy Wittman

The Coach: Randy Wittman

KYLE WEIDIE: The unofficial speculation amidst media-types after the game on the chances of Randy Wittman returning to coach the Wizards was 20-25-percent. If only Marion Barry is getting more chances than Ernie Grunfeld in this city, why can’t Randy Wittman get just one? After the game, Wittman began to get asked about his coaching future… “I’ll coach somewhere,” he interrupted. “In the end I’m going to learn a lot of different things from this team and from this experience that’s going to help me down the road in my coaching,” Wittman later said. “Whether that’s here or not, I don’t worry about that, I truly don’t. I try to go out each day and do the best job I can, and I think when you work hard and do that, good things happen.” Job well-done, coach.
3 Stars
McGINNIS: At one point the score was 66-33 Wizards, so this game was not very competitive against the Heat reserves. The players seem to enjoy playing for Randy and the staff deserves much credit for never quitting. I am skeptical of Wittman being the right man to take this team at a championship level, but will always appreciate the time Wittman put in developing some of the young players.
2 Stars
MOBLEY: Even in the finale, Coach Wittman did not stop coaching or teaching lessons. When Nenê made an adept pass, he implored his bench to take notice.  When his team’s play got ragged, he called timeout and reeled them in. Yes, these are the duties a coach is supposed to perform, but to do them on a team going nowhere and playing in the finale, is commendable.
2 Stars

COACH TOTAL: 7 out of 9 stars

Seen on the Scene

w/ Adam McGinnis

>> To say the Miami Heat were loose before the game would be an understatement. Music was blasting from an iPod speaker as several players danced. Mike Miller sat in his stall, chewing on dip. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who did not play but warmed up on the court, were throwing Jordan shoes back and forth with each other.

>> After interviewing Heat rookie Norris Cole during the “2 Chainz” song, I asked him about the tunes getting pumped:

“That’s what we do in here, we get it crackin’.”

>> The Redskins NFL Draft pick of Robert Griffin III was announced on the big screen, and the home crowd cheered loudly, some giving him a standing ovation.

>> Trevor Booker thanked the home crowd on the mic from mid-court for their support before the game.

>> James Singleton is headed back to Dallas, Texas for the summer, and he is getting married in June.

>> Heat forward and former Bullet/Wizard Juwan Howard played in his 1,201st career game last night. His thoughts on the accomplishment:

“It is a blessing, I have worked extremely hard to get to this point. My passion, desire, commitment to the game has really shown. To have an opportunity to play in my 1,201st game, here in Washington, where it all started, you couldn’t write a story more better than that one.”

>> I asked him about what he remembers more from his time in DC:

“Oh man… me and my boy Chris Webber. That was a great time. Unfortunately, the organization wasn’t patient enough to keep that group around. That being said, I look back on it, and it was some good memories.”

End Scene


“I don’t know where our final tallies were, but we’re one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the league—outside shooting, playmaking on the wings, those type of things. We got to continue to try to add pieces to this team now.”

—Randy Wittman on what the Wizards need.

“We’re night and day defensively, from when the trade went down to today. The point differential in what we were giving up to what we gave up in the  games since the trade is not even funny.”

—Randy Wittman on what definitely isn’t funny.

Great quotes, let’s watch…

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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.