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DC Council Game 23: Wizards 83 at Magic 90: An Outcome Much Further From The Truth

Updated: December 20, 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. 23, Washington Wizards at Orlando Magic; contributors: Adam McGinnis, John Converse Townsend and Kyle Weidie from behind the T.V.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

A Pre-Broken Fandom.

CAUGHT! … on camera … a young child forced to wear a Wizards jersey in Orlando. What on earth does his father tell him? Can this be punishment? Like when a kid does something bad and someone makes him stand on the street corner with a sign outlining the specific transgression? {Throws hands up.} Will someone please, PLEASE, think about the children out there forced to be Wizards fans?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Washington Wizards 83 vs Orlando Magic 90 [box score]

MVP: “I hate to give it to J.J. Redick…” [Editor’s Note: That’s all Townsend wrote when I asked him for a game MVP, so we’ll go with it. -KW]

Stat of the Game: Fourth-quarter free throws. The Magic went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe; Nene, the only Wizards player to attempt a free throw in the period, was 2-for-2. That difference hurts in a very winnable game.

Nene also made a layup with 2:53 left in the quarter, which brought the Wizards within four points of the Magic, 83-87. But they didn’t score again.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Live & Die by the Jordan Crawford.

No one else is going to shoot the Wizards into a game, no one else is going to shoot the Wizards out of a game. This we know. Jordan Crawford’s jacking in the third quarter seemed to piss off teammates, as the Wizards looked perpetually confused on offense. And when Crawford wasn’t gunning, whatever play the defense allowed the Wizards to run usually led to an Emeka Okafor bricked jumper. Crawford finished 7-for-16 from the field with 19 points, six assists, and four rebounds — doesn’t sound too bad until you consider the seven turnovers. Late in the game when, for some reason, the Wizards actually had a chance, Crawford whiffed on multiple wild forays to the basket, getting stripped of the ball a couple of times (three of Crawford’s turnovers came in the fourth). Each time Crawford looked to want a call from the referee, but I guess that’s how it always go, too. For posterity, below is a GIF conveying one of Crawford’s frustrating shot-jacks midway through the third quarter. He gets the rebound, never pases, and… BRICK! Crawford must also love lamp.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

Shaun Livingston
My colleague Rashad Mobley, a vocal Livingston backer, recently argued to me that Shaun’s shaky December was due to his lack of consistent playing time, which made it difficult for him to get into a rhythm. I bought some of that reasoning because his game is not flashy. His usual impact is getting a team into the right spots and making the solid fundamental play. It is how he has stuck in this league after a gruesome knee injury nearly ended his professional career. He does need to see regular burn for that to be in display. On flip side, Livingston’s average foot speed and sub-par athleticism was exposed by the Magic on Wednesday night. Orlando’s guards constantly beat him off the dribble, leading to eventual break downs of Wizards’ team defense. His slow recovery D allowed E’twaun Moore to nail repeated 3-balls. He finished with two points, 1-for-7 FGs, four assists, three rebounds, one turnover, and a miserable plus/minus of minus-16. His chance to start with Bradley Beal out was a big fat dud.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Jordan Crawford
I’ve been a supporter of Crawford at the point since mid-November, and it’s working for the Wizards, at least on the offensive side. He continued what he started against the Hawks, despite the loss, beginning the game 3-for-3 from downtown and leading all players with 11 points. Were they great shots? No, but this game is, and always has been, about buckets—and J-Craw was getting them. After 40 minutes, Crawford outscored each player on the Magic, and led all scorers but Nene, with 19 points on 16 shots with six assists, but seven turnovers. He will miss some defensive assignments, like not double-teaming the ball in the paint or allowing an easy bucket at the rim (does it even matter at this point?), but his offense makes up for it.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
Just like nine of the other 10 available, healthy Wizards, Martell Webster was physically present on the basketball court. He even made it into the box score with 11 points (4-8 FGs, 3-6 3Ps), four rebounds, and one assist, steal and block; Webster did not commit a turnover, and he committed three fouls. So, in the grand scheme of things, Webster didn’t do much to hurt the Wizards. And I guess that’s all I have to say about that.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Earl Barron
Well, Earl Barron’s jumper still isn’t falling, it’s ricocheting off the side of the rim—Barron finished 1-for-6 from the field for two points. And he ran out of whatever frontcourt magic he had against Atlanta, grabbing just five rebounds vs. Orlando … but he still managed to outrebound Nene and a seriously overrated Seraphin combined. A notable mo’: In the fourth quarter, he made a quick pass in transition to Cartier Martin, who cut the Magic lead to seven with a 3. But then, not 20 seconds later, Barron cracked Redick with a chicken wing behind the arc, which gave the Magic three free points at the line to extend the deficit back to double-digits. File under: You’re Doing It Wrong.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Couple of observations of Emeka Okafor, who still seems to be doing just enough to get by with impression that he seems to be trying, sometimes. In fact, eight points (4-9 FGs), 12 rebounds, and three assists against Orlando was one of his better outings as a Wizard — Okafor’s points plus rebounds certainly exceeded the amount of money he’s making in millions this season (13.5). OK, so the two observations:Early, via @MrMichaelLee on Twitter:

And later, a quote via Comcast’s Steve Buckhantz as Glen “Big Baby” Davis found his way to a rebound instead of Okafor:

“Wow, that was just physicality and desire to get that rebound.”

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely was one of 10 “healthy” Wizards available in Orlando and picked up a “DNP-Coach’s Decision.” But, per pre-game report of @MrMichaelLee, young Honza was dealing with a cold. Otherwise, per one of my own tweets during the game, it seems that the Wizards, and Coach Randy Wittman, would actually be “tanking” were they to start Vesely in lieu of who actually started at the 4 spot in Orlando: 31-year old NBA journeyman Earl Barron, who barely made the team out of training camp. Vesely was Washington’s sixth overall pick in 2011, by the way.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0 out of 3 stars

Efficient showings like this one is why you could understand fans were heckling Randy Wittman to play Nene more. The God-loving (fearing?) Brazilian registered 20 points on just 10 shots in 25 minutes. The few times this anemic offense has any resemblance of flow, Nene is usually involved somehow. He sets killer screens, surveys the defense when fed at the high post, and can finish with either hand on power moves to the hoop. Those who spent the offseason envisioning a dynamic duo of Nene and Okafor down low were finally rewarded. They seem to be developing a nice chemistry together. Unfortunately, Nene’s four turnovers and five fouls stained his stat line, along with coming up empty on a couple trips during crunch time. Also, if Seraphin is going to continue to label Nene as his mentor, it might be time to have Nene share the responsibility getting Kevin’s to the free throw line. Oh, and if the worst team in the NBA feels like starting their 50 million dollar man and upping his minutes past 20 something a game, well, that would be a cool Christmas present…

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

2 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Oh, Randy.

At one point during the game, flashed across the T.V. screen sat the Wizards’ last three lottery picks on the bench together. Bradley Beal and John Wall out with ailments, and Jan Vesely seemingly unavailable because of his inability to be decent at the game of basketball (and a cold). I could quibble about Randy not using Nene and Okafor more together, or his Earl Barron starting decision being a flop, or how Livingston should have been pulled earlier, but does any of it really matter? Washington now has a record of 3-20. The Redskins have five more wins and have played nine less games. The Wizards find ways to lose basketball games, always. This is their definable identity trait. It is past time for some real #WizardsTalk, this team STINKS. Is it coaching? Players? Management? Injuries? Curse of Tony Kornheiser? Perhaps it is just a combination of everything. I do know that there is no reason a team void of talent like Orlando should have nine more wins than the Wizards. It is going to be a long winter in the nation’s capital.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

Le Twitter.

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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 lives in D.C. with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.

  • nich

    earl barron was freaking awesome for the knicks a few years ago.. i feel like he put up 5 double doubles in 7 games or something absurd like that.

    How does James Singleton not get a call and a contract right now? That guy was statistically one of the 30 best players in the NBA during his period with the team last year. Great defense and rebounding, good passing, and a very improved jumper. This team got re-snake-bitten the second they decided to not keep him,

  • James Singleton signed to play over in China, presumingly because the Wizards didn’t want to pay him enough … Or, the offer in China was simply more lucrative. Either way, kind of a shame, because I liked the edge and toughness Singleton brought, even if he was undersized and tended to shoot too much from the outside.