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DC Council Game 3: Wizards 94 at Celtics 100: Losing With Youth in OT, But That's OK

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Updated: November 8, 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. 3, Washington Wizards at Boston Celtics; contributors: Rashad Mobley, the return of Arish Narayen, and Kyle Weidie.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

 Moral Victory or Encouraging Loss?

Randy Wittman and Friends, Nov. 7, 2012

Randy Wittman ain’t down with either, he wants to win.

Washington Wizards 94 at Boston Celtics 100, OT
[box score]

Stat of the Game: Before the game I predicted that the Wizards would win, 80-79 … if they shot around 30 free throws. Instead, Boston went 28-for-34 from the line while the Wiz kids managed a mere seven attempts, six makes.

Player of the Game: Rajon Rondo dropped 14 assists, three in OT, to go with 18 points. He was my M.V.P. in a blurb for ESPN’s Daily Dime, so he should probably get the player of the game here, too.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council


Pro vs. NBA Embryos

With 2:02 left in the overtime period, and the Wizards down, 93-92, Bradley Beal had the ball in his hands looking to make a play. He dribbled up the right side of the floor, got caught under the basket, left his feet, and passed the ball out of bounds, behind A.J. Price, who was cutting in the opposite direction. Ten seconds later, Rajon Rondo had the ball in his own hands to make a play. He dribbled down the center of the court, his teammates spread out behind the 3-point line; he drove, and then kicked the ball out to Brandon Bass. Bass caught the ball, took two dribbles, and scored on a layup, which gave the Celtics a 95-92 lead. The Wizards scored one more meaningless basket as the buzzer sounded, but they were basically held scoreless after Beal’s turnover and lost, 100-94. There had been other dicey ballhandling moments for Washington toward the end of regulation, but Chris Singleton’s free throws and his monsterous dunk bailed them out. In overtime, the lack of a point guard, Beal’s lack of experience, and the veteran point guard play of Rondo led to the Wizards’ demise.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

AJ Price
The quick triggers will likely stick out in people’s minds — A.J. Price threw up eight 3-point attempts, making three. The six turnovers also stand out. Sometimes outgoing passes sailed to nowhere, sometimes incoming passes bounced off Price’s hands and out of bounds. But overall, his game wasn’t that bad. He tallied 15 points on 6-for-13 field goals, seven assists, and five rebounds. At the end of the night, we know Price isn’t the answer, you just hope he improves. A lot. He’s certainly a better option than Jannero Pargo, but is Price a better option than Shaun Livingston, who is currently without NBA team? Debatable.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
After the last Celtics game, Beal voiced his frustration about the defense not letting him shoot the ball clearly. Last night, not only was Beal playing more aggressively from the opening quarter (when he had a team-high five shots, but only made one), but it seemed as if more offensive plays were being called specifically for him. After shooting just 20 percent in the first quarter, Beal shot 50 percent the rest of the game and finished with 15 points. His biggest shot of the night came with 1:54 left in regulation when he hit a 3-pointer to give the Wizards a lead. And per Randy Wittman’s request, Beal also rebounded well (he had four), hustled on defense (he had a steal, and a block on Paul Pierce), and he even led the fastbreak on a couple of occasions.  He still has a long way to go, but on this night, he was able to break out of his funk. Or rather, finally start his rookie season.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

2 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
When I think of Trevor Ariza, the words “nominal starter” continuously appear in my mind. Wednesday night in Boston, Ariza was the definition of a one-way player. On defense, he was superb — sticking to Paul Pierce’s hip, denying Pierce the ball, and overplaying passing lanes while recovering in time to prevent dribble penetration. Offensively, Ariza was atrocious. He was scoreless in the first half, and converted his only field goal on a wide open, long 2 from the corner in the third quarter. Prior to his sole made basket, Trevor was pressing a little bit, trying to create mid-range shots off the dribble, and even shooting a transition 3-pointer. All of these attempts came up short. Trevor lost minutes to fellow wings Martell Webster and Chris Singleton late in the game because of his poor offensive output. Ariza finished with two points (1-6 FGs), three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 19 minutes.

—Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
The Wizards tried to exploit Booker’s matchup with rookie Jared Sullinger in the first quarter. It didn’t work. Cook Book got perfectly good position on his first two attempts versus Sullinger, but was unable to convert either of them. Halfway into the first quarter, Booker converted a mid-range baseline attempt off an Ariza steal. That was his only made basket in the first half — a half in which he only played seven out of twenty four minutes. I hate to use the “nominal starter” designation with Booker, too, but in Boston (and everywhere else?) it was clear that he was out-sized going against his ‘idol’ Kevin Garnett. Thus, Randy Wittman rode Chris Singleton’s hot play at the four spot down the stretch. Booker finished the game with six points (3-7 FGs), four rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes of burn.

—Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

1 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor didn’t do anything inherently terrible in his mere 11:15 of action featuring two points, 1-for-2 FGs, one rebound, one steal, and two very nice blocks. It’s just that Okafor didn’t do anything good. Not at all (aside from those blocks). Otherwise, he’s rebounding the ball at career-worst rates so far this season, and, on offense, he continues to look lost. Wittman started Okafor in the second half, but it lasted all of four minutes, 41 seconds and included shaky footwork and a near 3-second call. It’s all rather baffling if you ask me. Much less not starting, I wonder what Okafor would even be able to provide if he were to come off the bench. This can’t continue, can it? Surely not in exchange for the $176,000 he’s making per game this season.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin has the potential to “terrorize opposing defenses” as Martell Webster said earlier this week, now he’s got to learn the game. But at this point, that’s only a matter of time. Seraphin didn’t pick up the game of basketball until late in life, and he is clearly very coachable. So pretty soon he’ll know how to see double-teams coming, to fake passes out the post and make the defense react, to make quick decisions and keep the ball moving, to not panic against pressure D, and to use his pivot foot. Seraphin contributed 16 points on 8-for-19 shooting, but he didn’t attempt a single free throw. If he likes to bang, he needs to punish … and get to the stripe. He rebounded OK with nine in 36 minutes off the bench, but the six turnovers are what hurts the most, especially the three in the last 70 seconds of regulation. How many double-teams do you think the Bucks will throw at him on Friday? With Seraphin’s ability to learn, he might be more prepared than you’d think by then. At least that’s the hope.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
In his self-proclaimed “must-win” November game, Martell Webster acquitted himself well, providing the shooting touch that Trevor Ariza could not. Webster showed range (3-6 on 3-pointers), ball handling abilities, and even defense. He operated within the flow of the offense, catching and shooting when the look was there, and converted several big shots while not trying to create too much off the dribble. Essentially, Webster played the exact opposite of Trevor Ariza offensively. He finished with 16 points (5-9 FGs), six rebounds, one assist, and one block in 35 (!!!) minutes.

—Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

TOTAL: 2 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton has a case for player of the game after scoring 12 fourth-quarter points (14 total) along with a huge dunk in regulation past Kevin Garnett. It all pretty much came out of nowhere and essentially amounted to Singleton’s best game as a pro. He also contributed five rebounds, two assists, three steals, and maybe even a heat check in his 25 minutes off the bench. What if Trevor Ariza’s poor play ironically motivated the NBA soph that a rebuilding franchise would like to develop? Guess that’s the coaching staff’s call. Now about that dunk…

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

TOTAL: 2.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council
Coach Wittman knew he was going into tonight’s game without Wall and Nene, and he probably knew that Jordan Crawford—no matter how much of a yeoman effort he thought he could give—would be hindered by his sore left ankle. He also probably didn’t expect Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to be virtual no-shows, or for Trevor Booker to still be struggling to find consistency. But Wittman did finally find a lineup with chemistry when he put in A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Martell Websiter Chris Singleton, and Kevin Seraphin. They made crucial errors down the stretch, and they eventually succumbed to Boston’s (mainly Kevin Garnett’s) intense defensive effort, but Coach Wittman had to be pleased with their high level of effort, and their ability to push the Celtics to overtime. Now the question becomes, how long can Wittman allow his listless starters to keep burdening the team with first-quarter deficits?

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

 

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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