DC Council Game 6: Wizards 76 at Bobcats 92: 0-6 Basketball, GIF on John Wall's Face Says It All | Truth About It.net

DC Council Game 6: Wizards 76 at Bobcats 92: 0-6 Basketball, GIF on John Wall's Face Says It All

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Updated: November 14, 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. 6, Washington Wizards at Charlotte Bobcats; contributors: Adam McGinnis, John Converse Townsend and Kyle Weidie from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

What do you think, John Wall?

#CartierMartinFace

Washington Wizards 76 at Charlotte Bobcats 92
[box score]

Stat of the Game: The Wizards got out-scored 46-24 in the paint and went 5-for-31 from beyond the arc… but they also shot 32 free throws (30% of their FTA’s on the season), making 21… So what more do you want from them?

Player of the Game: Why not give it to Trevor Ariza? He scored a season-high 19 points on 18 shots and was the only Wizard in double-figures, after all.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

‘Cats on the Fast Track

The first half was an awkward back-and-forth affair—five lead-changes and three ties. On one side you had Trevor Ariza scoring like that “Trevor Arizona” guy we heard so much about, pacing all players with 12 points after the first quarter; on the other, the industrious combo of Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were doing their best to keep up. The Bobcats called for time with 1:52 left in the second quarter. “Big Mek” was at the line and the winless Wizards were hanging around, down, 37-44. Okafor would make both free throws. They would be the last points the Wizards would score that half. Two free throws and a two-handed dunk from Byron Mullens (courtesy of a Walker drive and dish from the top of the 3-point line), a 17-footer from Walker (nothing but net), and another pair of points at the stripe from Ramon Sessions capped off a 12-2 run at the end-of-quarter run. The Bobcats went into the locker room with a commanding 52-39 lead, one they would refuse to lose. Blowout.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

AJ Price
Too bad A.J. can’t play his old team every night because the 14 assists and zero turnovers against his ex-Pacers club appears to be more of an outlier than the beginning of a positive trend. Price finished with six points on a miserable 2-for-12 shooting, with six assists and two turnovers. His Bobcats backcourt counterparts, Kemba Walker or Ramon Sessions, absolutely torched him on defense. Price continues to jack up 3-balls at a torrid pace, averaging almost seven attempts per game, but he only has converted 11 out of 41 on the season (27%). So yeah, that is kind of a problem.

Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Beal was pressured early and often by the Bobcats backcourt, but did manage to slip away from Jefferey Taylor to knock down a 3-pointer in the first quarter. Unfortunately, that was the only shot he made all night. The rookie went 1-for-11 from the field, missing open shot after open shot from beyond 18 feet, and spent the majority of the fourth quarter on the bench. His best work came at the free throw line, again, where he went 5-for-5—Beal’s shooting 95.2 percent (20-for-21) from the stripe this season, leading all rookies with at least five attempts. Beal added three rebounds (two more than Kevin Seraphin) along with one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
After the first quarter, Trevor Ariza was on pace for a 48-point, 44-shot night. He finished with 19 and 18 just the same. All five of Ariza’s first quarter buckets (11 attempts) were assisted (2-for-5 on 3s), so things started with promise. But Ariza also—not surprisingly—got out-maneuvered by counterpart Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from the get-go. Ariza lost the tenacious rookie on back-cuts, and he lost him on the boards. In the end, Ariza and his buddy Emeka Okafor easily slipped into a bad shot, bad brick rut with the rest of the Wiz Kids, instead of being the veterans who were brought in to keep them out of funks like this.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
Cook Book was beasting early, skying for boards, corralling loose balls and blowing by Byron Mullens on repeated successful drives to the hoop. He still can’t buy a whistle, reflective in him having just three total free throw attempts on the season. Booker registered eight points (4-8 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal against the Bobcats. Indecisiveness on his jumper resulted in zero makes out of four attempts from mid-range shooting. Booker tweeked his ankle in third quarter after Mullens scored a running layup on him and never returned. I am not as sour on Booker’s opening month as my colleague Kyle Weidie might be, but coming off the bench, instead of starting, could be the spark Trevor needs to finally get his crunk on.

Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor made a concerted effort to box out Brendan Haywood & Co., and, for the most part, his physicality in the paint worked for the Wizards—but mostly because he was the only one banging down low. Okafor shared a team-high rebound total of nine with Jordan Crawford, scored eight points (6-for-6 from the free throw line), swatted three shots, played solid help defense, and dished two dimes in 27 minutes. Another professional game from the eight-year vet, but that wasn’t enough.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Earl Barron
Kevin Seraphin managed a single offensive rebound in 15 minutes off the bench. Jan Vesely missed four straight free throws at one point. Jordan Crawford caught his own air-balled runner for a traveling violation, amongst other Jordan Crawford things, such as an off-balance pull-up jumper on the break that got blocked by Byron Mullens from behind. Chris Singleton started the fourth quarter with a god-awful brick that didn’t even reset the shot clock. Jannero Pargo was 0-for-4 in 10 minutes out of necessity. The new shine on Martell Webster is wearing off, as even he started taking bad shots early in the shot clock. Cartier Martin made a single shot out of four attempts and did a bunch of other silly things on defense in very limited time. … So, we are only evaluating one sub from the bench and that evaluation goes to Earl Barron. Sure, Earl shot an airball as soon as he checked in with about four minutes left in an impending loss, but he got five points, two rebounds, two turnovers and two fouls anyway in his first action since opening night in Cleveland.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Does your car have seat warmers?

Through the first five games, supporters could find a little positive that, while winless, this undermanned Wizards team was playing hard and competing. This terrible loss against the Bobcats dumps a bucket of cold water on that small flame of hope. Down by 18 in the third, the Wizards fought back to within seven points early in the fourth quarter before the cold shooting and poor defense ended any possible comeback chances. This team should not be shooting 31 3-pointers.

While I was suspect of Randy Wittman’s hire, it is completely unfair to scapegoat him for this abysmal 0-6 start. Not just yet… However, this is a bottom line business, and if the losses keep piling up, the national media vultures will start circling the Wizards once again. A rotation shakeup could be necessary for survival if this continues.

Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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