DC Council Game 4: Wizards 91 vs Bucks 101: Beal Arrives, Wizards Still Can't Thrive, Fall to 0-4 | Truth About It.net

DC Council Game 4: Wizards 91 vs Bucks 101: Beal Arrives, Wizards Still Can't Thrive, Fall to 0-4

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Updated: November 10, 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. 4, Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks; contributors: Rashad Mobley and Kyle Weidie from the Verizon Center and Sean Fagan from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

 A Night of Firsts for Brad Beal: 1st NBA dunk, 1st 20-point game, 1st Flagrant Foul Ejection

The dunk above was actually Beal’s second of the game, and here’s Beal’s fragrant-2 on Monta Ellis… He did kind of wind-up and swing… I just feel bad for the girl that Brandon Jennings pushed Beal into.

Washington Wizards 91 at Milwaukee Bucks 101
[box score]

Stat of the Game: Against the Boston Celtics, the Wizards made just seven trips to the foul line (Bradley Beal was the only starter to go to the stripe), while Boston went to the line 34 times. On Friday night, the Wizards went to the line 22 times and made 19 (86 percent); Beal led the way by going 8-for-8. This stat may have led to a more favorable outcome for the Wizards, had they not turned the ball over 20 times leading to 28 Bucks points.

Player of the Game: For the second consecutive game, young Beal shed his passive ways in favor of a more aggressive and confident brand of basketball. He scored 22 points, shot 50 percent from the field, was perfect in all eight of his free throw tries, and he added in two steals, two assists and four rebounds. More importantly, as a rookie he was perfectly willing to take the big shots and take the ball to the rim.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council


Embargo Pargo?

Prior to the start of the contest, Phil Chenier sagely noted that the Bucks “looked a little out of it” during warm-ups. Though Chenier quickly noted that it probably meant nothing, his statement would prove prescient. The Bucks were listless for most of the evening, short-rimming jumpers and committing unforced turnovers at a truly startling rate. If not for the play of the Bucks reserves (notably Mike Dunleavy and Larry Sanders), the Wizards had a chance to beat the Bucks out by simply keeping the pressure and focus level high for the duration of the game. Unfortunately, that same pressure and focus level died when Jannero Pargo took the reins of the offense during the 4th quarter. From 10:22 to 8:36 in the 4th, Pargo derailed the offense with errant passes and missed 3s. The low-light for Pargo was his final missed 3-pointer at 8:36 with nary a Buck to be seen within the vicinity. Pargo quickly got the hook for A.J. Price thereafter, but the damage had been done as the Wizards had failed to to capitalize on the gains of the 3rd quarter and found themselves down 83-71. For a game that could have been won on simple intensity, Pargo’s lackadaisical play stuck out like a sore thumb and ultimately sealed the Wizards fate.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

AJ Price
It was unfair to expect A.J. Price to approximate any of John Wall’s speed, excitement, assists, scoring and overall presence. The hope was that Price would do his best Trent Dilfer, manage-the-game impression. The first three games, Price has been a bit inconsistent and disappointing, but against the Bucks, he demonstrated that he has some chops. He had 12 points, nine assists, six rebounds, and just three turnovers in 36 minutes of play. In the third quarter, when the Wizards were able to cut Milwaukee’s lead from 11 points to just three, Price was effective in running the offense (he still doesn’t put pressure on the opposing defense by attempting to take someone off the dribble), and he was just as proficient at moving his feet on defense when guarding Brandon Jennings (who had five turnovers in the third quarter alone).  When Price was replaced with Pargo with 1:31 in the quarter, the Bucks proceeded to go on a 14-5 run, which effectively ended the game, because the Wizards never got within five points again. Price will need to play this well or better on Saturday against his former team, the Indiana Pacers.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

2 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
After the second game of the season, members of the Celtics mused that “the book was out on Beal” and that unless he changed his game fundamentally, he would remain easy to stop. Two games later, Beal has obviously decided to write a few new chapters. Beal efficiently mixed up his outside game with a determination to get to the rim and was perfect from the free throw line on the night. More encouraging was the game plan that Coach Randy Wittman drew up to get him into the flow of the game. Rolling off several hard Trevor Booker picks, Beal was able to drain his first several shots, which forced Monta Ellis to crowd him and allowed Beal to penetrate at will as Eliis waved his matador flag. Beal’s game will obviously continue to evolve over the course of the season, but we are beginning to see the the complete player that was advertised prior to the Wizards drafting him. And one can’t overlook the feistiness Beal demonstrated at the end of the game, a Flagrant 2 is never a nice thing, but it points to a competitiveness that has been sorely lacking in many Wizards of the past few years.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

2.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
Holy Trevor Ariza sighting! (In the fourth quarter!) Every time that happens, an angel gets its wings, I hear. Ariza had active hands on defense (3 steals), hit the boards (7 rebounds) and got to the free throw line (4-4 FTs). He finished with 15 points on 5-for-11 shooting and had four assists (3 turnovers). He got a dunk, hits J’s, a corner three, and even had a couple nice drive and ball fake moves to the rim, he made one of them. Yet still … too many possessions are still lost by Ariza via odd decisions, air balls, or even a bunny of a dunk he missed by the rim. All very curious. And now that I think about it, the 3-4-5 trio of Ariza, Booker and Okafor always seem to get in each other’s way on offense. We’ll have to keep an eye on if there’s something to that. Otherwise, Ariza needs to build a rhythm off this game so that he stays involved in more plays.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
Booker’s stat line is rather shocking, as he failed to register over five rebounds. It might lead the casual scoreboard watcher to assume that Booker, while offensively very efficient on the night (5-7 FGs), he was taking a night off on the boards. The fact of the matter is that nothing could be farther from the truth. Booker waged war in the low post for most of the evening with the Bucks physical big men, taking several shots to mouth and groinal region which had him doubling over in pain. His hard work enabled Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to pick up the scraps on both the offensive and defensive ends and to capitalize on several Bucks miscues. Offensively, Booker worked just as hard, but it would be nice if he went up for the flush with two hands, as he failed to convert on two dunks by losing the ball as he jumped.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

2 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
The stat sheet will show that Okafor played 36 minutes, but really did most of his damage in 16 first half minutes when he scored all but one of his 11 points. Milwaukee seemed perfectly willing to let him take flat-footed jumpers, and Okafor made them pay by hitting 5-of-8 from the field (3-for-4 on jumpers). Although, one of those missed shots was the result of him trying to use one hand to dunk over Dalembert instead of two. On defense, Okafor was active by accumulating three steals and three blocks, which was the main reason he finally was able to play meaningful second half minutes long after his offense betrayed him. This was arguably Okafor’s best performance in Washington, which would be impressive had his previous ones not been so lackluster.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Jordan Crawford
“Like Crawford playing under control,” tweeted Flip Saunders at some point during the game. The ex-Wizards coach was exactly right. Crawford did hit a Crawfish-esque 3-pointer at the shot clock buzzer late in the third to tie the game at 70. Otherwise, he was efficient with eight points on 3-for-5 shooting and 2-for-3 on 3-pointers in 13 minutes of play. Crawford picked up two assists (one of them a nice and patient set-up to his “cool white boy” Jan Vesely), but he also had two turnovers. The negatives are that Crawford got bodied trying to cover Marquis Daniels a couple times — Jordan was just too small — and he finished with a team-worst minus-16 in plus-minus. Otherwise, after the game his “steez” remained at peak levels.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Last season if Singleton picked up two quick fouls early, his game and his confidence would begin to tail off precipitously, and his usefulness to the team would be non-existent. Last night, Singleton seemed more angry, then sullen regarding his fouls, and when he returned, he did not score or do anything that the stat sheet would capture.  But he hustled on defense, he rebounded here and there, and he seemed to buy into the team concept despite not playing in the fourth quarter. In fact, when Trevor Booker and A.J. Price were engaged in a heated argument during a Wizards’ timeout, it was Singleton who hopped off the bench to calm them down. The benefits of that type of attitude may not be apparent now while this team in shorthanded, but when Wall and Nene return, it could prove to be infectious.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

TOTAL: 1.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Searching for the Right Combination

The script was flipped on Friday night. The previously pathetic starting five showed up. Price, Beal, Ariza, Booker, and Okafor spent 25 minutes on the court together and finished plus-8 in plus-minus. The reserve unit of Pargo, Crawford, Webster, Vesely, and Seraphin saw nine minutes of action and finished minus-8. The only other lineup that finished in the positive (plus-2) was the combo of Price, Beal, Webster, Singleton, and Okafor.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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