DC Council Game 7: Wizards 101 at Mavericks 107: Sometimes 22-Point Deficits Come Down to a Couple Plays | Truth About It.net

DC Council Game 7: Wizards 101 at Mavericks 107: Sometimes 22-Point Deficits Come Down to a Couple Plays

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Updated: November 15, 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. 7, Washington Wizards at Dallas Mavericks; contributors: Rashad Mobley, Arish Narayen and Kyle Weidie from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

PARGO’D

Jannero Pargo took a very, very bad shot

The Wizards were scrappy in the end, defensively thanks to a team effort and offensively thanks to Kevin Seraphin and Cartier Martin. They cut a one-time 22-point deficit to three points with seven minutes left. Washington then went back down eight, but fought back to 102-98 and stole the ball with a minute left. That’s when this Jannero Pargo shot, in GIF form below, happened. Don’t worry about swinging the ball to a red-hot Cartier Martin in the corner. Don’t worry about the fact that the Wizards don’t even need a 3-pointer here. Totally don’t worry about the likelihood that O.J. Mayo will give a good contest of the shot. Don’t worry and just shoot it, Jannero Pargo. His 3-for-20 (15%) from beyond the arc on the season tried to be the hero, but instead the Wizards got #Pargo’d, amongst other things.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Washington Wizards 101 at Dallas Mavericks 107
[box score]

Stat of the Game: In the decisive fourth quarter, the Wizards shot 14-for-19 (73 percent) from the field and 6-for-9 (66%) from the 3-point line, but attempted zero free throws. The Mavericks shot 6-for-17 from the field (35%), 1-for-4 from beyond the arc (25%), but they went to the line 10 times and hit nine of them. For the game, Washington went 10-of-11 from the line, while Dallas went 26-for-33. The disparity continues.

Player of the Game: Point guard/shooting guard Jordan Crawford: 21 points, seven assists, four rebounds, and a steal—all accomplished on an ankle that still limits his explosiveness.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

“Everything’s going wrong for Washington now…”

–Comcast’s Steve Buckhantz, three minutes left in the first half, Wiz down 17

For fans of an 0-7 team, the phrase “silver lining” is often used when explaining yet another crushing loss to those fortunate souls uninitiated in The Sadness. On Wednesday night in Dallas, there was a plethora of silver linings, ones that became apparent during the Wizards’ fourth-quarter run: Jordan Crawford’s playmaking abilities on a bum ankle, Cartier Martin’s 3-point shooting off the bench, and Kevin Seraphin’s multitude of scoring moves in the post. In fact, Seraphin and Martin combined for the Wizards’ last 26 points, and the team began the fourth quarter on a 15-0 run. That ill-advised Jannero Pargo 3-point attempt with 54 seconds left removed any chance of a comeback, but as Coach Randy Wittman stated in the pre-game presser, this team has “character.” Now Wittman must settle on an effective rotation, one that has enough character to make it to halftime without being down 18 points.

—Arish Narayen (@Arish_Narayen)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

AJ Price
A.J. Price started the night by missing a runner in the paint. OK, at least he was trying to get into the paint. And until he rolled his ankle a minute into the third quarter, Price actually wasn’t having a terrible game, offensively. He finished with 11 points on 4-for-7 FGs (3-for-4 from deep), and even once drove the gap for a layup after Kevin Seraphin passed the ball out the post and Bradley Beal swung it. @MrMichaelLee tweeted at one point that Price got re-taped and was expected to return, but he never did. So we’ll see what happens with it between now and Saturday’s game against Utah in Washington. Either way, and Price is no scapegoat for team-wide issues, you wonder if Jordan Crawford at the point is the latest experiment that Wizards fans will want to try.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
A couple minutes into the game, Beal took and made his first shot, a 3-pointer. A couple minutes later, he missed a 3 from the corner, but the ball bounced right back to him, and he made good on the second chance. Beal was 2-for-4 from deep with a steal and an assist as the Wizards took a 13-8 lead halfway through the first quarter, leading to a Mavs timeout. But then O.J. Mayo showed up and started providing Beal with a lot of ‘Welcome to the NBA’ moments. Beal tried to drive to the hoop in earnest a couple times, but was often just a tad too short to finish amongst the trees. He missed a dunk at the end of the first half; he thought he got fouled, he didn’t. Otherwise, the rook finished 3-for-14 from the floor with eight points and one rebound in 28 minutes. Beal also had a team-worst minus-17 in plus-minus.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
Another four point, 2-for-7 shooting night for Ariza. …He’s averaging 7.6 points and 2.9 makes for every 8.4 field goal attempts this season. You just wonder where his shot selection comes from—90 seconds into the game he was pulling up for a jumper on the break when there seemed to be a lane, by late in the second quarter he was hesitating to shoot and turning the ball over. Ariza played about 20 minutes and is back to not taking the floor in the fourth quarter, save for 21 seconds.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
Last season, before Booker’s injury, there were certain aspects of his game that were consistently on display each night. He would hustle, he would rebound, he would play good defense (as long as the height disparity was not too much to overcome), and he’d find ways to score. This season, those same aspects are on display, but the consistency with which Booker displays them is much less frequent. Wednesday night was no exception. At his best, Booker was backing Elton Brand into the lane, and getting whatever shot he wanted, or hitting an open jumper. At his worst, Booker was hesitant, indecisive, committing unnecessary fouls, and allowing Brand (who seemingly does not have a significant height, strength or quickness advantage over Booker) to beat him on the boards, and to drive right around him. Even Mavericks forward Jae Crowder got in on the fun by driving right around Booker for an easy score—a lapse in defense that drew the ire of Coach Randy Wittman during the timeout. He had seven points, six rebounds and four assists, but more is expected and needed.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Another solid, unremarkable performance from Okafor: eight points (4-for-8 FGs), four rebounds, an assist, a steal, and two blocks. On too many first half possessions, Emeka performed this sequence: milled around the foul line early, set a pick for the ball handler, rolled off for the jump shot, received the ball and realized he can’t shoot, then passed the ball off. He converted a couple midrange jumpers later in the game, but also missed a bunny layup at the rim and looked tentative the entire night. Okafor’s defensive skills remain superb; a block on Elton Brand at the rim early in the third quarter comes to mind. However, it’s clear that his offensive limitations are costing him burn late in games, as Wittman prefers to spread the floor and play Seraphin as his lone big. Oh well… at least Emeka’s not getting paid a lot?

—Arish Narayen (@Arish_Narayen)

1 out of 3 stars

Jordan Crawford
Crawford was half John Wall and half Bradley Beal against the Mavericks, and the Wizards needed every bit of the effort he gave. Despite the fact that his ankle still is not 100 percent, Crawford shot 6-for-11 from the field (54%), 3-for-5 from 3-point land (60%), and he was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Cartier Martin and Kevin Seraphin found their respective shooting strokes in the fourth quarter, but in the third quarter, it was Crawford who carried the team with timely shooting. Even in that fourth quarter when his scoring was not needed, Crawford had four assists. On one  possession, he dropped the ball into Seraphin, got it back, waited for Seraphin to re-post, and then fed it back to him for points. Those are plays that most young point guards don’t make consistently, let alone a player who has the reputation of being an impatient ball hog. @BulletsForever put it perfectly when he said, “One guy you can’t fault tonight is Jordan Crawford. All season, really. Clearly playing through his ankle injury and playing hard.”

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

2.5 out of 3 stars

Cartier Martin
With 11:04 left in the third quarter, A.J. Price twisted his ankle and came out of the game, and that alone set off a million and one Shaun Livingston tweets. Kyle Weidie asked, who would the Wizards have to cut to make room for Livingston, and some blogger said Cartier … as in Cartier Martin, who up to that point had spent the entire game on the bench (and had only played 16 minutes on the season, scoring seven points). About 30 minutes later, with the Wizards trailing 88-72 and 10:17 left in the game, Cartier checked in and proceeded to make that blogger look bad and the Wizards look much better. During those 10 minutes of playing time, Cartier hit five of his six shots—perfect 4-for-4 from 3-point range—and he helped close the Mavericks lead to just three points with 21 seconds play. Had it not been for a defensive lapse by Jan Vesely, the Wizards may have had a chance, even down four with 17 seconds left, with Martin’s hot hand. But for Cartier to sit on the bench for almost two hours and then come in shooting like Vinnie Johnson was huge. I hope Bradley Beal took notes.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

3 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
Hey, a Kevin Seraphin sighting! He scored 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting (7-for-7 in the fourth) in 22 minutes off the bench. The Wizards were able to run isolation post touches for Seraphin (partially because Kevin established himself as a passer with a career-high five assists), and he was able to abuse Chris Kaman countless times. The big fella even snagged five rebounds and made an athletic block of Rodrigue Beaubois on one nice defensive sequence. Speaking of defense, Seraphin definitely needs to keep improving at that.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Randy Wittman Face

The Adjustment Bureau

There is one winless team left in the NBA, and as the esteemed Mr. McGinnis alluded to in the last DC Council post, Randy Wittman may need to shake up the player rotation in order to save his job (or, you know, win). Early in games, the Wizards resemble a dumpster fire on offense. Tonight in Dallas, the bench scored 63 points; the starters scored 38. Yes, seven games of mediocrity is a small sample size, but perhaps Beal would be more comfortable coming off the bench? The rookie started the game three of five from the field, and then proceeded to miss his next nine shots. Maybe Kevin Seraphin and his offensive ability should start in place of Trevor Booker, who seems to be having a bit of a ‘tweener’ identity crisis? Further, put Ariza on the team’s best perimeter scorer from the jump, rather than letting him guard the nominal small forward (Dahntay Jones), while O.J. Mayo absolutely torches your backcourt. Wittman can hardly be blamed for poor shot selection, turnovers, and a lack of foul calls, but these are small tweaks he might have to make.

—Arish Narayen (@Arish_Narayen)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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