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DC Council Game 28: Wizards 77 at Bulls 87: Shorthanded Wizards Come Up Short, Again

Updated: December 30, 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. 28, Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls; contributors: Kyle Weidie and John Converse Townsend from behind the television screen.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

The Progression of #WittmanFace.

Washington Wizards 77 at Chicago Bulls 87 [box score]

MVP: No one on the Wizards. Washington’s leading scorer, Bradley Beal (14 points), shot 33.3 percent while his team shot 36.5 percent. So, I guess we’ll give it to Chicago’s Marco Belinelli. The guy whom Nick Young once called ‘European sneaky‘ led the Bulls in scoring with 17 points off the bench.

Stat of the Game: The Wizards out-rebounded the Bulls by seven, 56-49, but lost the turnover battle 17-9. Chicago scored 19 points off Washington turnovers while the Wizards managed just eight points off Bulls turnovers. On a short-handed night (every night is a short-handed night for the Wiz) Randy Wittman’s team couldn’t afford careless giveaways, but that’s exactly what they did.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Too $hort.

Despite the gloom-and-doom of yet another loss, the 24th in 28 games, the Wizards scrapped and managed to make the game more interesting than it should have been without Jordan Crawford in the lineup due to a sore ankle. Several times they pulled within punching distance only to see the Bulls quickly regain their cushion.

Midway through the third, Washington fought back from a 13-point deficit to get within 60-58 of Chicago. Then, after a Tom Thibodeau timeout, the Bulls went on a 7-0 run in the next 95 seconds thanks to Joakim Noah climbing Emeka Okafor’s back for a tip-in, a Kirk Hinrich 3 after a missed jumper by Shelvin Mack, and a Belinelli transition dunk due to a supremely confusing turnover by Kevin Seraphin out of the post.

In the fourth, Washington battled back from an eight-point deficit with nine minutes left to 79-76 with 5:19 left. But then Chicago turned to their defense and hunkered down while Nene missed layups and free throws and other Wizards missed jumpers. It just wasn’t Washington’s night… it usually isn’t.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

Garrett Temple
And suddenly, Garrett Temple is the starting point guard of the Washington Wizards, the fifth different player to do so not named John Wall this season. But, Temple has been there before, starting four games with the San Antonio Spurs in 2009-10, and either way, the game against Chicago represented his 54th in the NBA—the same amount of games he has played in the D-League. Otherwise, the actual game wasn’t very notable for Temple. When extra offense was needed in the absence of Jordan Crawford, Temple shot 3-for-11, 0-for-2 from deep, for eight points. He added nine rebounds, five assists and four turnovers to his stat line. Maybe Shelvin Mack wasn’t cutting it to start (Mack had seven points, 3-for-8 shooting, five assists and one turnover in 21 minutes off the bench). Maybe Randy Wittman was searching for more offense in Temple. At least the coach is continuing to try new things?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal appeared to be a more assertive version of himself, but that still resulted in missed jumpers—and the assertiveness manifested itself in a blatant shove of Rip Hamilton when trying to score a transition bucket (the offensive foul was called). Beal went 5-for-15 from the field, 0-for-3 from beyond the arc (he still hasn’t made a 3 since December 15), and 4-for-4 from the free throw line for 14 points. Beal also got five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers. He put up a team-worst minus-10 in plus/minus, and it had as much to do with Beal’s offense as it did his defense. He constantly gave up too much room to Hamilton (playing for the first time in 12 games), either in off-ball movement or on open jumpers. Beal also got beat off the dribble by Marco Belinelli multiple times. And all of this resulted in a couple in-game benchings from Randy Wittman.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
Feels like we are in a rinse-and-repeat cycle with Martell Webster’s complementary role on the Wizards. He’s seemingly doing the best he can, but with depleted resources, that often doesn’t look like enough. Webster finished with 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting, 2-for-3 from the 3-point line, and he didn’t attempt a free throw. In 37 minutes he added six rebounds and one assist. For a guy the Wizards added to the roster in the 11th hour over the summer, Webster is still likely providing more than the alternatives, so there’s that.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Nene has to be near full strength. He had 10 points and nine rebounds against the Bulls, and has averaged 14.8 points and 8.5 rebounds over his last four games. But his long (and seemingly never-ending) road to recovery prevents the Wizards’ best player, the only one talented enough to deal with the likes of Joakim Noah, from playing a starter’s minutes—Nene hasn’t averaged more than 30 minutes per game since 2010-11. On a better team, with legitimate help, Nene would be the cutting, passing, do-it-all big man you can run your offense through. In D.C., however, he’s a golden nugget lost in the slop. His contributions are little more than lipstick on a pig.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
I guess the Wizards are finally getting what they’re paying for… If you ignore his offense (one way to stay sane), you might be impressed with that Emeka Okafor, and his big money contract, has up to lately. With an 18-rebound performance in Chicago, Okafor has now grabbed 10 or more rebounds in six of his last eight games. And defensively, he was on top of his responsibilities: Okafor played active help defense and was able to recover when the ball was dumped to his original mark, sometimes Boozer but often Noah. In 36 minutes, this starting 5 finished with 11 points, a game-high 18 rebounds and two blocks.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
Up top, Kyle mentioned a “supremely confusing turnover by Kevin Seraphin out of the post,” so I figured I’d break down exactly what happened. With just over two minutes left in the third quarter, the Wiz down 56-65, Seraphin had great position on Taj Gibson in the painted area, and had the ball. But Gibson easily pushes him out of the paint, and when Seraphin’s shoulder fake (the one he always shows) had no effect, he panicked, picked up his dribble and threw the ball away to Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich flipped the pass to Belinelli who finished an easy layup on the other end of the floor not two seconds later. WGN’s Neil Funk even commented, “Without Nene in there, you (the Wizards) don’t have a low post presence these guards can throw the ball into and play off of.”Seraphin came off the bench to produce 12 points, six rebounds, three turnovers, one assist, and one block in 28 minutes, and was the only Wizards with a positive plus/minus (+1). Offensively, he’s still as creative as a rock, as raw as a rug burn, and as soft as frozen yogurt. In his last 10 games, Seraphin has attempted just seven free throws. Boozer attempted seven free throws last night.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1 out of 3 stars

Shelvin Mack
People always talk about how Mack plays under control, shows composure and knows Wittman’s offense. But rarely do folks talk about his athleticism, so … here I go: Mack had an exciting fast break opportunity where he put the pressure on Gibson and Nate Robinson, splitting the two defenders with a beautiful Euro step, something you’d normally see from a guy like Russell Westbrook. But being Shelvin Mack, he missed the layup, but Vesely was there for the follow. Seven points, five assists (one turnover) and two rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench for this point guard.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Everybody Hates Chris?

In a game where the Wizards were without John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker, and A.J. Price—so just 10 players available—it was extremely curious as to why the 18th overall pick in 2011 (Chris Singleton) didn’t play a single minute, picking up a “DNP – Coach’s Decision.”

2011 sixth overall pick (Jan Vesely), managed eight ineffective minutes.

2011 34th overall pick (Shelvin Mack), who didn’t even make the team out of training camp, played 21 minutes.

What gives? Who knows. Randy Wittman didn’t fix the dinner, but he’s got to eat what’s on the plate. Pasta anyone?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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