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DC Council Game 14: Wizards 87 at Knicks 108: Blowout in the Big Apple

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Updated: December 1, 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. 14, Washington Wizards at New York Knicks; contributors: Kyle Weidie, Rashad Mobley and Adam McGinnis from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Discuss amongst yourselves.

[via the Comcast SportsNet television feed, John Wall was giving Nene an earful, likely giving his overall assessment of the situation, toward the end of the blowout]

Washington Wizards 87 vs New York Knicks 108
[box score]

Stat of the Game: The Knicks again and again found themselves open in the corner, where they made seven of their 12 3-pointers on the night (29 attempts, 41.4%). Three of the corner 3s were made by Steve Novak, two by Ronnie Brewer; in total, six of them came from the left corner. Meanwhile, the Wizards shot 5-for-18 from deep.

Player of the Game: Tough call, but it goes to Kevin Seraphin, who scored 13 points on 15 shots with 10 rebounds (seven offensive). Big Kev got some nice experience while showing a lot of flaws. The best part was that his effort was fairly consistent.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Over almost before it started.

With the exception of their 26-point loss to the San Antonio Spurs this past Monday, and their 16-point loss to the Charlotte Bobcats back on November 13th, the Wizards have been in position to win all of their games. In fact, if it is possible to find a silver-lining in a team that sported a 1-12 record going into Madison Square Garden, it can be found in the plucky, scrappy effort of the entire squad. On Friday night against the Knicks, that scrappy play didn’t even last through the initial quarter. The Wizards trailed 15-16 when Kevin Seraphin committed a kicked ball violation, and then Chris Singleton fouled Carmelo Anthony to send him to the line for two foul shots. Carmelo hit both his free throws, and the Knicks went on to out-score the Wizards 10-2 to end the first quarter ahead, 26-17. Washington cut the lead to seven at two different points in the second quarter, but after that, the Knicks’ lead never dipped below double-digits. Any semblance of momentum the Wizards hoped to carry over from Wednesday night’s victory over Portland was squelched just nine minutes into the game.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

AJ Price
A.J. Price is picking his spots better than he was earlier in the season, firing up fewer shots and becoming an all-around more efficient performer. The Long Island native finished with eight points (3-for-7 FGs, 2-for-3 on 3-pointers), four rebounds, two assists, and zero turnovers. He did a commendable job slowing down Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, but he still struggled fighting through screens. Price has proven that he is more than capable of filling the backup role successfully for the Wizards, but unfortunately due to Wall’s injury, he needs to be greater than mediocre in order for this team to have a chance at victory. Get Well Soon, Mr. Bowtie Coolin’.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

1 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
On the very first possession of the game, Bradley Beal froze with the ball near the left sideline, let himself get trapped, and turned the ball over. It was a ‘Where’s your head at? / Are you ready to play?’ moment. These instances are more concerning than Beal’s low shooting percentages, although both are certainly related. A couple minutes later, Beal was throwing a bounce pass at Kevin Seraphin’s knees. Early in the second half, it seemed like he had trouble staying focused enough to fight through screens. And on that jump shot: where’s the lift? Beal’s stat line doesn’t look terrible for a rookie: 14 points (5-for-11 FGs, 2-for-5 3-pointers, 2-for-4 FTs), three rebounds, and two turnovers. But there’s a lot going on here. And you hope that Beal finds a way to break out of his fog.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
Kyle Weidie observed that Trevor Ariza’s finest hour as a member of the Wizards came on Wednesday night in a victory against the Blazers. He scored 14 points and went 6-of-9 from the field (including 2-for-2 from the 3-point line). As impressive as that was, Ariza’s ultimate imprint on this team will come at the defensive end, and against New York Ariza was matched-up against arguably the best offensive player in the league in Carmelo Anthony. In just three quarters of play (he sat out the fourth), Carmelo put on a show by scoring 20 points with five assists and five rebounds, and Ariza may as well have been the chair from Yi Jianlian’s workouts. He didn’t stop Carmelo at all, and he seemed to be a step slow on his off-the-ball rotations. On offense, Ariza, seemingly trying to ride the momentum off of his good offensive performance on Wednesday, forced shots, rather than staying within the flow of the offense. By the start of the fourth quarter, Coach Wittman decided he had seen enough and kept Ariza on the glued to the bench.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

1 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
The current state of Seraphin’s game is a complex situation. With Nene’s minutes limited, he becomes a main focus on offense, as scoring is his strongest attribute. He can stroke the 15-footer, has a nifty hook and can finish smoothly with both hands. Guys his size rarely possess such a soft touch. However, Seraphin is becoming predictable and easy to guard by predetermining his moves instead of reacting to the defense. Passing out of the double-team is almost a sure fire turnover. Against New York, if he got it in high post, he was shooting the jumper. If he had it on the block, it was a hook shot. He was getting good looks, but none of his shots were falling. Seraphin finished 3-for-12 from the field in the first half.He crashed the glass hard versus the Knicks with 10 rebounds (7 offensive) and is not a soft player by any means, but he does not use his large body to effectively bang in the paint. If a player goes at him, he will hold his ground, yet rarely will Seraphin actually initiate any contact. His defense is still a work in progress, and Tyson Chandler beat him repeatedly on easy lobs.A post player with his high skill should at least know some type of up-and-under move by now, or sprinkle in a shot fake once in awhile to keep defenders’ honest. The inability to parlay his slick moves into additional trips to the free throw line remains a glaring weakness. Seraphin had 15 shot attempts from the field, but two measly tries from the free throw line.

The Wizards suffer in points department so they don’t have luxury of not going to Seraphin, because he still is one of their better options. But he needs to start making the proper adjustments, because he has reached a plateau, and opponents have noticed.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor almost played just under 16 minutes, scored six points on three shots with two free throws, and added four rebounds, two steals, a block, and two fouls. Not sure what else to say. The blowout certainly had an effect on his playing time, and it wasn’t like Okafor was playing poorly when in the game. It’s just that his presence, especially in the much-needed area of offense, isn’t noticeable. Not that Okafor isn’t serviceable in some manner, but that is one expensive seventh or eighth man.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Jordan Crawford
After their first win over PortLOLanida, Crawford claimed the Wizards were on the verge of making history. This march to an unknown iconic status will have to begin on another evening, as there was little memorable about this blowout loss on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. The ball, film and stats don’t lie. Crawford’s line of 17 points (7-for-17 FGs), four assists, one steal and plus/minus of minus-16 was anything but historic. Some of the old Jack-’Em-Up J-Craw leered his ugly head with questionable shot choices, which fuels his numerous critics. I can live with these Crawfish misfires because he is the only Wizard who can consistently beat his man off the dribble and attack the rim, which he did successfully against New York. Crawford is becoming more comfortable in his bench role, and someone’s gotta shoot on the second unit. Also, his streak of 23 straight made free throws came to an end. I blame Steve Buckhantz and my “Homeboy” Phil Chenier for jinxing him on the T.V. broadcast.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
In the midst of being completely impresses by Chris Singleton’s defense on Carmelo Anthony at the end of the first quarter, and then later in the midst of a blowout, I didn’t realize until after the game that this was his stat line: just over 14 minutes, zero shots attempted, 0-for-2 on free throws, zero rebounds, two blocks, two turnovers, two fouls. Singleton only played 2:36 of the second half and just got lost in the midst of the carnage.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

[The #WittmanFace has no limits.]

 Where’s the motivation?

On Thursday night, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took his undermanned squad  into Miami and nearly beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh & Co. (granted, he voluntarily sat Tim Duncan, Mano Ginobili, Tony Parker and Danny Green, and the Spurs got fined $250,000 for it). The Heat may have been lacking motivation in facing the star-less Spurs, but Popovich did a masterful job of motivating Tiago Splitter, Gary Neal and Nando de Colo into thinking they could win the game—they ultimately lost in the last 1:30 by just five points.

Coach Wittman also had the opportunity to motivate his Wizards after their first win of the season on Wednesday. Yes, the Knicks came into the game ranked second in Offensive Rating and first in 3-point shooting, but a motivated Wizards team—which held a player-coach meeting a few days earlier—should have been able to push the Knicks into the fourth quarter at the very least. Instead, the Wizards were cooked and served on a platter before the first quarter ended, and, by the time the fourth quarter came around, Earl Barron and Jan Vesely were playing garbage minutes. It is the players’ job to execute, but it is the head coach’s job to dangle that motivational carrot which should serve as the catalyst for proper execution. Coach Wittman must have run out of carrots last night.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

Captured on Screen.

[A New York Knicks fan is mesmerized by Jordan Crawford's steez, evidently.]

[For John Wall, this must stink.]

[A #WittmanFace for the road.]