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DC Council Game 16: Wizards 94 at Hawks 105: Courtesy of DeShawn's Lost Facial Feeling

Updated: December 8, 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. 16, Washington Wizards at Atlanta Hawks; contributors: Rashad Mobley and Kyle Weidie from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Uncertain eyes.

John Wall, a bowtie, Sam Cassell, and Nene’s eye.


Washington Wizards 94 vs Atlanta Hawks 105 [box score]

Stat of the Game: The Atlanta Hawks had 47 rebounds (Josh Smith 15, Al Horford 14, Zaza Pachulia 9), and 15 of those were offensive, which Atlanta converted into 22 points. Also, Hawks guard DeShawn Stevenson decided to stick it to his former team by scoring a season-high 15 points on five 3-pointers.

Player of the Game: Josh Smith. He didn’t have the greatest night from the field (9-for-20), but he still found a way to score 23 points to go with his 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and countless scowls.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Temporary Regression.

After the Wizards defeated the Heat on Tuesday night, Martell Webster made an astute observation about why his team had so much success against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and company.

“Tonight we were taking action,” said Webster. “Rather than letting them hit us and us react, we were actually able to make them react a lot. Being able to swing the ball, attack on the close-outs, create jump shots for all our teammates, and then spring back on defense and not letting them get any easy buckets.”

Unfortunately for the Wizards, there was zero carryover effect Friday night against the Hawks.

For two and a half quarters the Wizards watched the Hawks hit them repeatedly via offensive rebounds, relentless penetration by Jeff Teague (and Devin Harris, to a lesser extent), which led to easy buckets and sharp outside shooting by DeShawn Stevenson. The Wizards were shooting a decent percentage (44 percent) and they had 19 assists through three quarters, but the urgency that was so key in their victory over the Heat was missing. Bradley Beal managed to help them close the gap in the third quarter with 14 points, and Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin took over in the fourth with eight and nine points, respectively, but overall the Wizards could not fully overcome their 36-minute regression.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

AJ Price
Price was relentless in his pursuit of the lane against the Heat, and he was able to score easy baskets and create the same for his teammates. But on Friday night against the Hawks, Jeff Teague did the exact same thing with even more success, while Price was a spectator. Granted, Price has never been considered anything close to resembling a defensive stopper, but he basically had two choices last night: He could have kept Teague (and Devin Harris) out of the lane, and forced the Hawks’ big men to win the game, or he could have put a tremendous amount of pressure on Teague on the opposite end of the floor with a strong offensive game. Price, with six points and six assists in 29 minutes, did neither.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal was disturbingly passive in the first half, and he (along with A.J. Price) watched as Devin Harris and Jeff Teague ran circles around the Wizards’ defense. Coach Wittman’s halftime speech must have been special, because Beal’s third quarter was as good as any he’s produced in a Wizards’ uniform. He shot 5-of-7 from the field, 2-of-3 from the 3-point line, and he picked up the intensity on the defensive end, as Harris and Teague scored just six points in the period combined. Unfortunately, in the deciding fourth quarter, Beal disappeared again and scored just two free throws.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
Martell Webster played nine minutes in the first quarter and did not register a single, solitary statistic, just a line full of zeros. Not exactly “hit them first” material. He finished with just five points in his first start of the season as Trevor Ariza’s replacement. However, at one point during last night’s telecast, Phil Chenier did say that it was the point guard’s responsibility to get Webster going via some touches, so perhaps it wasn’t all his fault.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Solid start for Chris Singleton — six points, 3-5 FGs, three rebounds in nine first quarter minutes — but then he just kind of disappeared. Plus, the net defense against Josh Smith over Jan Vesely in the lineup remains pretty much the same as the last time the Wizards were in Atlanta — Smith answered with 8 points, 4-7 FGs and 5 rebounds of his own in the first. With Randy Wittman’s rotation and Singleton’s time heavily favoring the 4 spot, his minutes are usually going to be limited unless he’s doing something truly special. So against the Hawks, 12.5 of his 18-plus minutes came in the first half (as the coach opted more for Seraphin and Nene in the second half), leaving Singleton’s totals as so: seven points, 3-7 FGs, 1-2 FTs, three rebounds, two assists, and two fouls. Also, Singleton’s inability to block out Smith and being part of allowing the Hawks (Smith) to throw lob passes over Washington’s defense early in the third quarter didn’t win Singleton any second-half minutes.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
I know that Emeka Okafor did, in fact, play in Friday night’s game. And actually, he started the game with a rather vicious (for him) dunk that was nicely set up by A.J. Price. But for the remainder he was barely noticeable. Just under 23 minutes (or less) for Okafor is to be expected, though. Because of Washington’s scoring woes, Nene and Serpahin will always be preferred options. And while Okafor’s numbers in the limited time are technically present — six points, 3-5 FGs, five rebounds, one assist, two turnovers, one foul — his inability to defensively influence the paint is noticeable. But, leadership and stuff.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Jordan Crawford
Jordan Crawford went to his jacking ways just a little too early in Atlanta, or maybe some steez spilled out on the ground on the way to the arena. I dunno. In 27-plus minutes off the bench he shot 5-for-13 from the field, 0-for-2 from deep, and 4-for-4 on free throws to total 14 points. He helped in other areas, too — 5 assists, 2 steals, 3 rebounds, 1 turnovers — but overall Crawford didn’t do much leading. Heads started to hang after he missed a close shot, got his own rebound, and missed again at the end of the first half as the Wizards fell apart while DeShawn Stevenson started losing the feeling in his face. By the end of the night Crawford was getting roasted by Jeff Teague (like everyone else) while throwing up whatever he could. Because who else is going to shoot?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin has such a soft touch on offense. And when he gets going, he really gets going. No need to question this kid’s offensive confidence, even if the footwork is cringe-worthy at times. Big Kev is getting better, and you just can’t teach touch like that. Plus, he’s probably raising fantasy basketball league eyebrows with a stat line of 19 points (9-for-16 on FGs and 1-for-2 from the FT line — A FREE THROW!), seven rebounds, one assist, and two blocks. But, the story behind the story is that Seraphin still comes out on the soft side in battles against those such as Zaza Pachulia. Also, we all love Seraphin’s jump shot, but that doesn’t mean he has to love it so much.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Game Faces.

#WittmanFace vs #ZierdenFace… Hello, Newman

I’m not exactly sure what it was, but from behind the television set, the coach seemed to be bothered by his team from the get-go. Why did his guys let Jeff Teague slice through the lane so easily? Why was the offense so stagnated? Why can’t the Wizards move the ball quickly? The coach observed all of it, and was left to vent, instruct, and critique all during the game. And the Wizards lost focus. Randy probably can’t explain everything, and there’s not much time to watch film with a game against Golden State tonight. So all he can do is trying to coach the players up for the next one.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.