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DC Council Preseason Game 8: Wizards 85 at Spurs 100: Good Start Fades in San Antonio

Updated: October 28, 2012

[D.C. Council: setting the scene, rating the starters, assessing the subs, providing the analysis, and catching anything that you may have missed. Unlike the real DC Council, everything here is on the table. Preseason Game No. 8, Washington Wizards at San Antonio Spurs; contributors: John Converse Townsend and Kyle Weidie.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Martell Webster offerings: a composed full court push to Jan Vesely.

Washington Wizards 85 at San Antonio Spurs 100
[box score]

Stat of the Game: The Wizards had two (TWO!) total fastbreak points. They made one attempt on three tries. Meanwhile, the Spurs had 26 fastbreak points (11-for-19).

Player of the Game: Earl Barron got the start for Emeka Okafor (rest) and put up 12 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes, so we’ll give it to him.

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

On From Down Under.

When Patty Mills first checked into the game with 2:28 left in the third quarter, the Spurs were holding on to a one-point lead. Mills’ first touch was a turnover; he tried to throw an outlet pass to Kawhi Leonard but Jan Vesely managed to locate the ball before it crossed half court for an interception. But then the Australian international got it going—not surprising, given he averaged 21 points for his home country during the Olympics. He sank his first shot, a long 2-pointer, after finding space behind a Tim Duncan off-ball screen. On the next offensive possession, Mills fired a pass to Stephen Jackson between three Wizards defenders. Jackson knocked down the trey to give the Spurs a 74-66 lead and control of the game going into the fourth. Mills then added eight points and two assists to his tally in the final quarter, finishing with double-digit points and a game-high plus/minus of plus-15.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

Rating five Wizards starters & two key subs on a three-star scale.

AJ Price
The search for John Wall’s stand-in is over. A.J. Price is, without a doubt, the second-best point guard on the roster. Price averaged 12.25 points and 4.75 assists over his last four preseason games, including Friday night’s 100-85 loss. He played another aggressive game in San Antonio, shooting 5-for-9 from the field (3-for-5 from 3-point range) and finished tied for a team-high 13 points (Price led all scorers after the first quarter). He ran a controlled offense, guiding the Wizards to a narrow lead for much of his time on the floor. And while he finished with only two assists in 25 minutes, it was a combination of Price’s court sense in the pick-and-roll, and Trevor Booker’s interior passing, that not only got the Wizards easy buckets at the hoop, but also got Earl Barron involved in a big way.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal had scored 10 or more points in six of seven preseason games going into the matchup with the Spurs. Well, it just wasn’t his night. Beal finished with zeros in the box score in points (0-for-6 from the field), blocks, steals, and free throw attempts. As I mentioned on Twitter, AJ Price had to yap at Beal on several occasions to work the offense and cut across the baseline; Beal looked to be out of position on the near side of the floor, glued to the corner behind the arc. It wasn’t all bad, though. The Spurs were twice forced into shot clock violations, and the rookie’s defense made it difficult for the home team on both possessions. It wasn’t a great way to end the preseason for Beal, but not something to lose sleep over, either.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

0 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
Webster didn’t end the preseason in great fashion. He was 2-for-8 with five points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal, and zero turnovers in 27 minutes. Webster did, however, continue to prove his overall value. He’s a hustle player, he proved that on the boards, and he surprisingly showed an ability to create for teammates. Webster’s career assists average per 36 minutes is 1.3 (Nick Young’s is 1.5, FWIW). In eight preseason games with Washington, Webster averaged 2.3 assists per 36 minutes. Every pass helps, right? He did have an interesting exchange with Randy Wittman at one point in San Antonio (seen below), but that’s probably some good, therapeutic player/coach give-and-take. As long as Webster is consistent — and healthy — his comeback in D.C. should get noticed around the league.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
Booker started at power forward on Friday night and looked confident with the ball in his hands. He made two jumpers (one of which was a turnaround), attacked the hoop when given space by a rotating Spurs defense—he went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe—and even recorded three assists with clever passing around the basket. Booker finished with 10 points and five rebounds; his best post move of the night was a great up-and-under to best Boris Diaw and a closing Kawhi Leonard in the third quarter.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Earl Barron
OK, I think my mind has been changed. I do think people are underrating Brian Cook’s ability to spread the floor and hit jumpers. And Cook has rebounded well this preseason. But Cook is also stiff and nonathletic, and perhaps not in tune with team defensive goals. Earl Barron is. And Earl Barron should be on the team over Brian Cook. [NOTE: Barron has made the team over Cook, as the Wizards have announced both he and Shelvin Mack have been waived.] Hell, I’m ready to say that Earl Barron should be on the team over Andray Blatche (figuratively). Against the Spurs, Barron had decent defensive possessions against Tim Duncan, and he showed that he can pick-and-pop from 15-plus feet. Barron has shown glimpses of playing out of his role (i.e., shots early in the shot clock), but you’d imagine Randy Wittman would keep that in check when the games count. Getting the start at center in the preseason finale, he scored 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting with 10 rebounds (three offensive), one steal, one foul, and zero turnovers in 23 minutes.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2.5 out of 3 stars

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely made just enough noise in what amounted to his best performance of the preseason. Coming off the bench, “Honza” played 22 minutes and netted 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting (3-for-3 on FTs!) with four rebounds (all offensive), one assist, one turnover, and three fouls. Not only did Vesely nail a wet baseline jumper from the corner, but he also received two dimes in a row from Jordan Crawford (it’s good that Jordan trusts Jan). Vesely needs to continue to show aggression and confidence; he also needs to recognize when he needs to sag back in the paint on help defense when guards like Tony Parker see an opening. It’s good that Vesely’s minutes will be limited (I imagine) to start the season, but I’m betting they will be relatively consistent, as long as “Ves” shows bursts of energy in his time on the floor.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Cartier Martin
Cartier Martin must continue to work on his focus, because there seems to be too many plays where he’s lost in his own mind, and it usually comes when playing team defense. Or, Cartier will commit silly fouls (like using his hands to try to get around a screener) and lose attention on floor spacing (like catching the ball with his heel out of bounds). Those kinds of things build up and annoy coaches. That said, Martin hustles, his shooting is valuable to the Wizards (including 3-pointers off the glass in San Antonio), and he will almost certainly make the team. Martin finished 3-for-8 with nine points, four rebounds and an assist in 21 minutes. Hopefully he will continue to thrive under Randy Wittman’s instruction.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

TOTAL: 1.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

—via @recordsANDradio:
“Randy don’t play that!” 

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council


“Stock up on batteries, water and toilet paper. RT @Truth_About_It: #BrianCookAlert”


“I love Randy Wittman man. Everybody need to stop hating on him and bringing up his PAST record. Look forward like Obama says”


“Can’t wait to get home and play my guitar”

@35_Fitz (Trevor Booker)

“What song Trev Booker gonna practice on he guitar 2nite? Prolly sum Babyface & George Benson”



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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.