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DC Council Game 29: Wizards 94 vs Mavericks 103: Night of the Flying Bradley Beal Bobbleheads

Updated: January 2, 2013

[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. 29, Washington Wizards vs Dallas Mavericks in D.C.; contributor: Kyle Weidie from the Verizon Center.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Romantic Bradley Beal Bobblehead.

By the way, this is Romantic Bradley Beal Bobblehead. The Wizards gave him out on a lonely New Year’s Day at the Verizon Center, but it didn’t come with candles.

“It does, a little bit. I actually like it… So yea, it does,” said Beal after the game when asked if he thought the bobblehead looked like him. It certainly looks closer to Beal than the John Wall Bobblehead did to its real counterpart. Another thing that Beal’s figurine has going for it: the head doesn’t bobble very much—he’s in a shooting position, so that’s good.

Otherwise, it wasn’t a good night for a cousin of Romantic Bradley Beal Bobblehead. Some jerk in the crowd actually threw their bobblehead down from the upper deck. It didn’t hit anyone, but landed near the tunnel where the Wizards come out and shattered to pieces, and one of those pieces hit someone; they were OK. But, to imagine what could have happened. Hopefully whomever did it got caught and will be charged to the fullest extent and all of that.

Now, more candles…

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Washington Wizards 94 vs Dallas Mavericks 103 [box score]

MVP: Vince Carter was game MVP in the reax. For the Wizards, it would be Bradley Beal — 22 points, 7-for-16 shooting, 4-for-7 from deep, four rebounds.

Stat of the Game: To scrap and beat an angry, veteran team like the Mavericks, the Wizards needed to get points any way they could. In the first quarter, it was via second-chance points, as the Wizards grabbed nine offense rebounds and scored 17 second-chance points en route to a 29-23 lead.

For the rest of the night: one second-chance point (singular) and three offensive rebounds.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Dropping Turds in the Third.

Bradley Beal scored the first points of the third quarter off a set play that resulted in a 21-foot jump shot via an assist from Nene; it put the Wizards up six, 54-48. Then Dallas went on a 13-4 run thanks to … Shawn Marion. During the first four minutes of the period, Marion scored six points, grabbed three rebounds, and jumped a passing lane for a steal that led to his own dunk. Later in the third quarter was when Dirk Nowitzki and Darren Collison did their respective things, as Dallas outscored the Wizards 35-19 in the period.

—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
Garrett Temple’s issue was foul trouble. Well, that and shooting; he went 1-for-6 on field goals and 1-for-4 on 3-pointers. Presumably, Temple has been starting over Shelvin Mack for offense. But Randy Wittman barely had a chance to consider such after Temple picked up his fourth foul so early in the third quarter that I looked down for a second and thought that the coach had started Mack at the beginning of the second half instead. Three of Temple’s fouls came while trying to contain the speedy Darren Collison. Thus far, I like the offensive intent that Mack provides better, even if he might not beat Temple in a shooting contest on most nights. Still, Temple is about as steady as one could expect for the woeful Wizards. Oh, there was also that time with 1:28 left that Temple made a cross-court pass off a Maverick’s back for a turnover, which led to Vince Carter’s final monster dunk, when the Wizards had a chance to cut their deficit to five points (or four with a 3-pointer).

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Whoa! Efficient Bradley Beal! Against the Mavericks on Tuesday was just the seventh time Beal has shot above 43 percent in 27 games this season. He tied a career-high 22 points on 7-for-16 from the field, 4-for-7 from 3-point land, and 4-for-7 on free throws. So, progress. Especially incrementally encouraging was that Beal was 4-for-10 from the field in the first half, missing his first shot of the game, but finished 3-for-6 in the second half. He still needs to go to Finishing School (at the rim is where the rookie is most unlike Dwyane Wade), but you know Coach Witt wants to get him going. The first play of the second half was run for Beal … he made it. But then Dallas went on their run that determined the game in their favor.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
We can certainly talk about how Martell Webster needs to step his game up in the scoring department, especially with a dearth of scoring options on the roster already (even including injured players). Against the Mavs, Webster played 31 minutes and finished with 14 points on 4-for-10 FGs, 2-for-8 on 3-pointers, and 4-for-4 on free throws. Not every night can be a good shooting night, but Webster usually does his job on the boards, and he got six against Dallas. He’s totally playing within his role (yea, six missed 3-pointers, but who else is gonna shoot?)—the role he could play on the good team. One hand says that Webster could be a desirable part of a trade package if he keeps this up, the other hand slaps that hand and says the Wizards don’t always need to make chess pieces out of high-character guys who are decent players.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Nene was not so much embarrassed after the loss to the Mavs, rather he was more jovial, sharing laughs as he ate a plate full of grapes at his locker just prior to speaking with the media scrum. He even spoke of back-to-back games (the Wiz play in Indiana tonight) as being a good thing right now because guys will still be mad about losing to Dallas. Nene had a rough night himself. In 25 minutes, he had seven points on 2-for-10 from the field, adding five rebounds, three assists, and two turnovers. He also got blocked by Chris Kaman about a million-billion times, missing a ton of close shots in the paint. I asked him about all those missed shots, and per his response, Dallas has been scouting him for nine years; they know him well. And the Mavs did double Nene to varying degrees success, even if many of his misses were makable. Still, it sounds like the big man needs more help … and better wishes for 2013:

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor has been playing better lately, especially alongside to Nene. And I bet there’s going to be a story about it in the local papers soon. It’s true. On this night: 14 points, hit half his shots, grabbed 11 boards. Okafor has given a yeoman’s effort over the past several games. In fact, over the past five games, as Nene’s minutes have increased, Okafor is averaging 11.6 points and 12.8 rebounds on 47.1 percent from the field (62.5% FTs). His total plus/minus in 152 minutes over those games: zero. The total team plus/minus for the 76 minutes that Okafor and Nene have spent on the court together over the past five games: also zero. But, this is completely OK, because in the case of Okafor, the Wizards and plus/minus, zero is a good thing because it’s greater than a negative.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Jordan Crawford
Not a good night for the Crawford, as the kid looked boiled. Bum ankle, making shots look harder than they should have been, blatant offensive push-off calls, behind-the-back passes gone awry—all gathered on this night for Crawford. His final stat line: 24 minutes, nine points, 4-for-9 shooting, four assists, three turnovers, and three fouls. If the bad ankle is causing him problems, then it is causing him problems, and it seems like it is. So that’s that.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Shelvin Mack
I like the change of pace that Shelvin Mack provides. Or is it his improved assertiveness? Maybe he’s wasting less dribbles… In any case, the D-League did Mack some good. (“Think positive…”). In four games this season, Mack has increased his Assist Percentage by 5.7 percent (now 32.8%), improved his Assist/Turnover Rate from 2.73 to 3.8, and has boosted his Effect Field Goal Percentage from 42.7 to 44.2 percent. The jury is still out on if he can ultimately be an effective backup to John Wall—only four games! (plus a rookie season)—but he’s off to a good start. Against Dallas, a steady seven points, six assists and zero turnovers for Mack in 24.5 minutes. The Wizards are planting one foot (almost two) on this being another “development” season, so it’s good that they are evaluating former draft picks like Shelvin.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

More On That Third Quarter.

No secret: the Mavs won the game in the third quarter when they out-scored the Wizards 35-19.

I, personally, was not a fan of the Jan Vesely-Kevin Seraphin defensive combo at the 4/5 during the period. Perhaps it was heart-warming to let Vesely to get some run against his hero Dirk Nowitzki, but Chris Singleton probably would’ve done better (he currently seems to be in the doghouse for unknown reasons). During the third, a lineup of Shelvin Mack, Jordan Crawford, Bradley Beal, Vesely and Seraphin played six minutes to the tune of minus-11 in plus/minus. This unit went 5-for-10 on field goals and had four assists, but they also committed three turnovers and let the veteran Mavs go 9-for-12 from the field.

Wittman didn’t want to single out those two “bigs” for subpar defense after the game, saying, “Everybody as a group took their lumps in that third quarter, I can’t place it on two guys.” And he was probably right. More and more, this is looking like a season for the future—you can faintly sense it in Wittman, you can sense it in the locker room, you can sense it from the media. But, at least relaxed expectations might make for  better teammates; just hope that they don’t get more used to losing than they already are.

The Pasta Report:

The coach was spotted walking with a stadium-variety plastic bowl of lasagna after all the interviews were said and done. Likely taste: stadium-variety.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

A New Year.

Bradley Beal and John Wall ring in the New Year together…
Better times ahead? Hopefully.

[via Instragram/RealDealBeal23]

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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.