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DC Council Game 18: Wizards 77 at Hornets 70: Getting the First Road Win, Jordan Crawford Style

Updated: December 12, 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. 18, Washington Wizards at New Orleans Hornets; contributors: Adam McGinnis and Kyle Weidie from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Washington Wizards 77 at New Orleans Hornets 70
[box score]

MVP: Jordan Crawford
26 points, 9-24 FGs, 2-8 3-pointers, 6-8 FTs, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 block

Stat of the Game:

  • Washington’s 1st Quarter Totals: 11 points, 2-18 FGs (22%), 1-3 3-pointers, 3 assists, 6 turnovers
  • New Orleans 4th Quarter Totals: 10 points, 4-22 FGs (18%), 1-9 3-pointers, 4 assists, 4 turnovers
  • Ryan Anderson 1st Half Stats: 17 points, 7-12 FGs, 3-5 3-pointers, 7 rebounds
  • Ryan Anderson 2nd Half Stats: 0 points, 0-9 FGs, 0-7 3-pointers, 4 rebounds

Those lines summarize the story of this game. The Wizards and Hornets bookended miserable offensive outputs, with Anderson not being able to throw the ball into Lake Pontchartrain during the second half. The final shooting percentages—Washington at 32.9 percent and New Orleans at 32.5 percent—were historically putrid.

It was the first NBA game in over seven years where both teams shot under 33 percent. (via NBA.com)

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Best of the Least, Least of the Worst.

We’re just not sure when, nor how Jordan Crawford will turn on his steez, we just know it after we see it. It kind of reminds you of what U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about porn. The fourth quarter is usually Crawford’s prime time, as that’s when he scores 4.9 of his 14.8 average points per game on the season (the most of any quarter). In NOLA on Tuesday, he dropped 12 points in the fourth via launched 3-pointers and buckets with the foul. But the key contributions mostly came from the Hornets, who worsted Washington’s abysmal 8-for-23 on field goals in the final period with a 4-for-22 shooting effort of their own.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

Jordan Crawford
Jordan Crawford, who doesn’t use social media as much as other players, dropped this tweet shortly before the tip of Hornets contest: “Speaking my name I know they despise me for the confidence I maintain while they tried to knock me to my knees.”“You surprised?” was Crawford’s answer to my posed question after the Golden State game about why he passed up a chance to tie the game in the waning seconds. Maybe the un-sourced quote that seemed to comprise the tweet was a way of lashing out at the critics. Maybe he’s just another confident basketball player. I will leave further deciphering of these words to the iconic @wzzntzzz.

There was no passing up shots for Crawford against New Orleans, his 26 points on 24 shots serving as evidence of that. However, his makes down the stretch were crucial, as he out-scored the Hornets by himself, 12 to 10. Starting at point guard for the injured A.J. Price, Crawford struggled early to get the team into sets. But the offensive woes were not all his fault; Shaun Livingston had equal trouble leading the team. Crawford’s high number of attempts are somewhat misleading due to him not getting several calls on drives to the hoop and from having to force a few heaves when the ball was passed to him before the shot clock was about to expire. Yeah, there were a few J-Craw over-dribbling episodes, but the good far outweighed the bad. He logged a game-high 42 minutes and finished with an impressive plus-13 plus/minus. Keep firing away in crunch time, Jordan, this team needs it.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

2.5 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal’s effort in New Orleans was a display of developing steadiness. In over 38 minutes, he scored 15 points and made half of his 12 shots. With seven boards (second most on the season), he also showed the rebounding toughness expected of him coming out of college. His four assists to only one turnover shows maturity. He started the game slow by letting Greivis Vasquez blow by him, and with a bad pass to Webster, but turned up the defensive aggression by the end of the first quarter and finished the first half with 10 points. Beal needs to grow into finishing games. He shoots  43.4 percent from the field in the third quarter, but that dips to 31 percent in the fourth. With two minutes left, Beal was blocked by No. 1 pick Anthony Davis and allowed his rookie counterpart to go the other way and cut Washington’s lead to three. But the Wiz Kids pulled it out thanks to Jordan Crawford, not Beal.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
This was a very “meh” outing by Martell Webster and the second game in a row that Cartier Martin ate into his minutes at the small forward position. Webster was yanked after bowling over a Hornets defender three minutes into the second and never returned to the court. Webster’s lone highlight was sacrificing his body by drawing a charge on a massive collision during a New Orleans fast break. He went 0-for-4 from the field with two points and three rebounds in 18 minutes. Wittman will probably keep him in the starting lineup for now, but more nights like this one, and his spot could be in jeopardy.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton turned in an underwhelming performance in what was thought to be a key opportunity going into the game. He lost Ryan Anderson for a 3-pointer in the game’s early moments, but did his part to battle on the boards. He made a nice finish in transition early in the third, but soon after committed a bad turnover that led to what could have been a key four-point swing in favor of the Hornets. In 31 minutes Singleton contributed five rebounds, a couple blocks and four fouls (some of them justified, some not), but if he’s going to keep starting, the Wizards need more than 1-for-7 from the field and two points out of him.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
In the Warriors recap, TAI’s Kyle Weidie came up with a clever game when evaluating Okafor’s performances. If you add up his total rebounds and points, does it go over or under the number in millions (13.5) that he will be paid this season. This bar would appear low enough for Emeka to clear easily, but for the 12th time already this season, he was unable to do it. He finished with a line of six points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two turnovers. He struggled keeping Hornets center Robin Lopez off the glass, yet, it was not all bad for Emeka in his return to face his former team. He played some solid defense and set a couple crucial screens for his teammates. Not worth the high price tag, but these are the Wizards—they always have some dead salary weighing them down. Maybe in Houston, we will hit the over on 13.5 for Okafor’s points and rebounds.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

1 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin must intrigue opponents when they first face him live. What’s this big, crazy-looking, smiling French dude doing nailing these soft baseline jumpers? But then he air-balled a jump hook, threw up a bad shot as Anthony Davis contested, and then let Davis hit a long jumper in his grill. Seraphin continues to show a willingness to improve in rebounding, finishing with eight in 16 minutes, and he continues to struggle against the double-team. Early in the second quarter, he travelled when faced with a double, but then, in the third quarter, he managed to find Nene for a key bucket (keep them on the court together, perhaps?). Seraphin finished with eight points on 3-for-7 shooting and got damn near lucky that Ryan Anderson didn’t hit an open 3 down the stretch. The Wizards bench seemed to be yelling at Seraphin plenty for missed assignments against the Hornets’ sharp-shooter.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

The first half was some of the worst ball Nene has displayed in a Wizards uniform. He was getting pushed off the block for offensive position by Ryan Anderson. This was causing him to catch his entry pass far from the hoop and forcing him to start all his moves faced up. His attacks were slow and hesitant. Nene even slipped in an awful JaVale McGee-like unsuccessful one-man fast break just to mess with Wizards fans. The Brazilian big man bounced back in the second half and his work on the glass was a huge reason the Wizards pulled out their first road victory. In 20 minutes of game action, he poured in 10 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal. With three games in four days upcoming, it will be a big test to see how far Nene’s health has progressed.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

1.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Take the win and go.

Not counting a 3.5-minute appearance by Jan Vesely that featured a missed shot, two rebounds and an air-balled free throw, maybe the old ball coach finally found his nine-man rotation. Injuries helped—only 11 healthy players were available and all, save for Earl Barron, played. But, I still don’t think the coach is any closer to knowing who he can depend on night in and night out. 14 different five-man units saw action against New Orleans and eight of those played three or more minutes together. Wittman’s starters—Crawford, Beal, Webster, Singleton, and Okafor—spent just 11 total minutes on the court, went 3-for-13 from the field and turned in a minus-11 in plus-minus. But hey, you’re damn right the coach will take the win.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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