Wizards Rewind: Seraphin vs Garnett and Martell Webster's 80 Percent
“I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you. I can’t tell you how other people’s mindsets are, but I know that you have to have confidence in yourself. You know, 80 percent of this game is confidence.”
That’s what Martell Webster said after the loss to the Celtics on Saturday night when asked what the first unit Wizards need to do to start games better. Over two games and 27 minutes together on the court, Washington starters A.J. Price, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, and Emeka Okafor have shot just 28.6 percent from the field and are a minus-22 in the plus/minus department. The second most-used lineup on the season — Jannero Pargo, Jordan Crawford, Martell Webster, Jan Vesely, and Kevin Seraphin — has played nine minutes together, shot 58.8 percent from the field, and has a cumulative plus/minus of plus-7. For the third most-used five-man unit, you only need to replace Pargo with Price in the aforementioned lineup, and that squad has spent eight minutes on the floor together with a plus-7. While this is a small sample size, it’s clear that there are issues with Randy Wittman’s starters which need to be corrected regardless.
>Kevin vs. Kevin; Seraphin vs. Garnett
The Andray Blatche versus Kevin Garnett battles used to get to the point where Wizards fans appreciated it when the Celtics vet would get physical with the reluctant pup. The hope was that Blatche would get toughened by Garnett, who has a history of picking on many in the NBA, including his teammates — not just Blatche. That being said, K.G. seemed to relish his matchups with Andray the most. But now a new Kevin is in town. One who is younger, while Garnett is getting conveniently creaky, and one who isn’t afraid to bang in the post.
Big Kevin Seraphin, in his season debut after missing time with a calf injury, did his best to take it to Garnett on Saturday night; he even played some stellar defense against the future Hall of Famer. But, as mentioned in the D.C. Council, Seraphin has to learn how to be a closer as he continues to improve. Let’s go to the video of a late-game possession. Seraphin proves his strength and moxie by jostling with Garnett for post position, but unfortunately, when it comes time to make a play, his steps get a little panicked and he turns the ball over.
After the game Seraphin talked about the learning experience:
Seraphin also spoke in general about going against Garnett, both on offense and on defense:
Otherwise, in the end, with 4.5 seconds left and the Wizards down 87-86, Martell Webster had an opportunity to win the game, but made it tough with a bad shot. Let’s watch…
Maybe Webster lost track of the time left, or the score. After the game Webster said he thought he got fouled. Doesn’t look like that occurred. Webster has been known to go for a late-game dunk when he really needed a 3, so maybe he wanted to make sure that didn’t happen again. Who knows. After the game he said that if he had a chance to do the play again, it’d probably result in a different outcome. One can only hope.
The advice Jordan Crawford would give to a struggling Bradley Beal:
Trevor Booker sure knows how to work spacing off pick-and-roll action… check the drive, spin and lefty hook:
> Parting Shot
Remember Jannero Pargo’s days as a Wizard, in the future…
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- Washington Twitches Briefly to Life after Unofficial Death — Wizards vs Nets, DC Council 78
- Crossed Up and Shot Down in LA — Wizards at Clippers, DC Council 77
- Key Legislature: Wizards 109 at Clippers 114 — California Dreaming of Fat Ladies Singing