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DC Council Game 12: Wizards 118 vs Spurs 92: Unabashed San Antonio Efficiency Means 0-12

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Updated: November 27, 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. Game No. 12, Washington Wizards vs San Antonio Spurs; contributors: Kyle Weidie from the Verizon Center along with John Converse Townsend and Adam McGinnis from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

It’s Martell.

Somehow Martell Webster, more than not, has become the spokesperson for the Wizards. Part of it is that he’s good in front of the mic, so he naturally attracts the media. Another part of it could be that team veterans—Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor—simply don’t always have it in them to speak up, a silence that’s indicative of their poor play this season. Ariza is often long gone by the time the media scrum arrives to the Wizards locker room after Randy Wittman’s end-of-the-night press conference. Okafor, mostly a result of his post-game routine of stretching, etc., often takes so long after games that the press has mostly moved on to deadlines and work before Okafor even starts showering. Thus, we are left with Webster, a guy making a mere $1.75 million this season who wasn’t on the Wizards’ radar until mid-August, instead of the duo—Ariza and Okafor—making around $7.3 and $13.5 million this season respectively. It is what it is. So here is the guy with the guts to say that he and his teammates are embarrassed.

Washington Wizards 92 vs San Antonio Spurs 118 [box score]

Stat of the Game: The Spurs tallied 32 assists on 45 made field goals, and a 4/5 off the bench (Tiago Splitter) led San Antonio in assists with seven. That’s probably all you need to know.

Player of the Game: For the Wizards? No one deserves the honor. So it goes to Splitter, as he almost took advantage of Kevin Seraphin enough to net himself a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists in 23 minutes off the bench. If you would’ve told me that a Brazilian would lead his team to victory in D.C. on this Monday eve, I would’ve been silly and assumed that Nene finally got it done for the Wiz. Instead, he sat out of this one with a sore left foot.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

From 4 to 12.

Tim Duncan and Emeka Okafor were battling hard late in the first half. Okafor was giving the future Hall of Famer all he could handle, but it wasn’t enough. The 36-year-old was able to power-down the Wizards center and score two tough points to put the Spurs up four points, 52-48, with three minutes left in the first half. After Bradley Beal missed a jumper on the other end, the Spurs came charging in transition, lead by Boris Diaw no less. No Wizard stopped the ball and Kevin Seraphin essentially was the only defender remaining to protect the rim. Seraphin squared up against Diaw, who waited until the right moment to dump the ball off to Duncan. But Kevin was ready. He slid his feet with and blocked Duncan’s shot attempt. It was Seraphin’s best defensive play of the night, nay, his best defensive play of the year. Then the Wizards crumbled.

Just before a game timeout, A.J. Price threw the ball off of Okafor’s oven-mitt hands for a turnover. After the timeout, Boris Diaw hit an open 3-pointer, Price and Seraphin each missed shots on a single possession, the Spurs worked the ball around for a Ginobili 3, Bradley Beal missed an open shot, and, finally, Ginobili whipped a sweet pass to Splitter that earned him a trip to the foul line. Before anyone knew it, San Antonio was up 12 points. Washington ended their last offensive possession of the first half with a five-second call trying to inbound the ball on their end.

“They put a little run on us to go up 12 at the half, and we couldn’t gain any momentum after that,” said Randy Wittman after the game. So, nope. Not even halftime helped the Wizards, so what on earth will?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

AJ Price
A.J. Price played aggressive on both sides the ball, and, like Jordan Crawford, he was definitely looking for his shot against the Spurs. To his credit, he made them count. Price scored 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting (2-for-3 at the free throw line), while also contributing five rebounds, seven assists (two turnovers), and one steal in 33 minutes. But Price made Tony Parker look great coming off a double-overtime game on Sunday afternoon. The old pro even finished a third-quarter coast-to-coast layup with style—with a quick pump of the brakes, Parker convinced Price that he was going to dump the rock to Gary Neal, who was trailing the play. He didn’t. No contest.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal tried to shake his early season rep by busting out with a more aggressive style, almost forcing the issue too much with the ball. Sometimes he was able to draw the contact, showing a knack to get to the foul line in the open court, but there were other drives where he didn’t get the calls. Unfortunately, he was not able to bust out of his shooting slump, going just 4-for-13 on field goals. Beal totalled in 11 points, three rebounds, two steals, and one assist. On defense, the Spurs exploited his greenness with their rapid-fire passing, leading Beal to often lose sight of his man and the ball. After the game, the 19-year-old rookie was visibly frustrated about the losing and was in awe at San Antonio’s offense: “It’s just our defensive breakdowns, and the Spurs are a great team. Their plays weren’t killing us. They were just playing basketball, playing smart. They have been playing together for a long time, but their IQ for the game is super high, and they know where each other are on the court at all times. We knew the game plan coming in, but didn’t go through with it. … We can definitely learn from them. Sometimes we need to play like that and not be so structured all the time. It doesn’t come down to X’s and O’s all the time, sometimes it’s just toughness and making plays. They didn’t run a play every time down court. They just played in the flow of the game. That’s how the game of basketball was invented, just to play and have fun.”

—Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

1 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
The good: Trevor Ariza once ripped down an offensive board and actually finished the put-back. He also converted an and-1. (Missing bunnies has been one of Ariza’s bugaboos all season.)The bad: the team blew an easy 3-on-1 fast break opportunity (#SoWizards) when Ariza got away with a travel and then misfired on easy shot. This play symbolized the winless Wizards’ woes and the utter disaster that Ariza’s brief tenure in D.C. has been so far in 2012. There likely would have been much more negative to harp on, but Trevor only played 17 minutes. At this point, I would have rather just bought out Rashard Lewis for the money Washington used to to acquire Ariza. Many in the media are now openly questioning the trade, and Bullets Forever even has listed players that the Wizards could have acquired instead of Ariza and Okafor. Yeah, it really is that bad.

—Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
In the right light, you might be able to see shades of ‘Dray Blatche in Kevin Seraphin—at least on offense. Key example: In the third quarter, Seraphin managed to slip past Tim Duncan (a rare sight on this night) on a pick-and-roll play, but after receiving a pass from A.J. Price, Seraphin did just about everything in his power to avoid getting fouled on his way to the hoop by Tiago Splitter, who was stepping into the frame for Duncan. Seraphin’s soft touch did help him sink the layup, after a few bounces on the rim, but you’d like to see him be more assertive, or get to the free throw line. He had zero attempts on the evening and is averaging fewer than one free throw attempts per game. In 32 minutes, Seraphin finished with 18 points on 19 shots, most of them mid-range jumpers, the Seraphin Special. He added four steals, two blocks, seven rebounds, but also three turnovers.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor was brought in for his defense, rebounding, and veteran leadership, as the Wizards have been missing a defensive stalwart roaming the paint since Brendan Haywood was moved at the 2010 trade deadline. The notion was that Okafor’s presence, combined with Nene’s, would lock-down a formidable duo in the paint. But with Nene missing most of the season due to injury, and Okafor’s spotty play, none of this has materialized. Emeka finished with four points, three rebounds, two assists and zero blocks in 22 minutes against the Spurs. His vaunted defense was exposed once again, as Tim Duncan did whatever he wanted to do with little resistance. Okafor did have a nice follow-up dunk, which was just his fourth dunk in 270 minutes this season.

—Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

0 out of 3 stars

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely missed his one and only shot attempt, grabbed one board, stole one pass, and committed four fouls in eight minutes. He has a pretty good court sense—he never looks for his shot, which makes me wonder if he’s taking Randy Wittman’s instructiontoo literally—but that’s all he has going for him at the moment. Through 12 games, Jan Vesely has scored 29 points, pulled down 29 rebounds and committed 34 fouls. For a top 10 pick in the NBA draft, that’s not bad. That’s shameful. Where’s the confident, high-flying Airwolf of yesteryear? You know, the one that once joked that Blake Griffin was the American Jan Vesely?

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

0 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
In 25 minutes off the bench, Martell Webster scored 16 points on 5-for-7 shooting (2-for-3 from deep, 4-for-5 on free throws), pulled down four rebounds, committed three turnovers, and didn’t have much else to show, other than a team-worst minus-23 in plus/minus. He wasn’t, however, the worst Wizard on the court. If anything, Webster might care the most out of anyone on the team. And the shame of it is, in a bounce-back year for his career (Webster had a career-high PER of 14.8 though 10 games, besting his previous mark of 12.5 in 2009-10), he’s wasting it away on the 0-12 Wizards. But everyone on this team is wasting opportunity to varying degrees, so Webster isn’t anything special, he’s just a Washington Wizard.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Jordan Crawford
Jordan Crawford led all scorers with 19 points. But he scored nine of those in the fourth quarter, which began with sound of the still-winless Wizards down 22 points, 92-70. When you’re feeling it… J-Craw was 9-for-16 from the field, and took just two 3-pointers. That, at least, is a smarter breakdown. It’s too bad the show came at the expense of the offense in a lost game (some serious hero ball from Crawford contributed to that). At one point in the fourth quarter, the Comcast feed, and likely all the others, cut to a scene of the Spurs’ Big 3 on the sideline. Parker and Manu were all smiles. Duncan was stoic as usual.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

 Feel sorry for us?

The coach hasn’t accepted losing, that’s for sure. But, he’s learning how to cope, it seems. In any case, Wittman is aiming to have his team NOT add to the problem by feeling sorry for themselves. Godspeed, Wizards, Godspeed.

The Pasta Report.

Pasta not only still tastes like cardboard for Randy Wittman, but it probably tastes pretty crappy for fans or anyone closely or loosely connected to this downtrodden franchise. But the Wizards won’t go 0-82, which is my own, personal guarantee. So there’s that. This has been your pasta report.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

The State of Togetherness.

with Martell Webster

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