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DC Council Game 32: Wizards 71 at Heat 99: Smug LeBron Stops By to Say Hello

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Updated: January 10, 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. 32, Washington Wizards at Miami Heat; contributor: Kyle Weidie from his standing desk (Why, yes, this is quite late ... thank you for understanding).]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Smug LeBron.

Smug like a mug or an itty-bitty pug.

Washington Wizards 71 vs at Miami Heat 99 [box score]

MVP: Um… Smug LeBron? A game-high 24 points and plus-26 in plus/minus will do it.

Stat of the Game: Miami out-rebounded the Wiz Kids, 50 to 39 (40 to 29 on the defensive glass), which tends to happen when Washington shoots 35.8 percent from the field and Miami shoots 46.3 percent. Otherwise, not a single Wizard pulled double-figures in boards; Miami had one: Udonis Haslem dominating with 12 swipes off the rim and glass.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

A 21-0 Ending.

Sure, the Wizards were going to lose to the Heat anyway. Even without John Wall (and other injured players of middling value), they are just occasionally talented enough to hang around in certain spurts of games… just enough to quell the general disinterest of juggernaut like Miami. LeBron and Co. are focused on the NBA title, much less a regular season game, much less a regular season game against the Wizards. (Although, pride in not losing to the lowly Wizards is certainly a factor.)

So, if I were to tell you that the Heat closed the game out on a 21-0 run and that the Wizards failed to score over the final seven minutes, you might think that was the turning point of the game—a “key piece of legislature,” if you will. Well, nope.

Between Nene missing bunnies at the rim, Dwyane Wade generally doing his thing, LeBron being present, both Heat stars deferring to Chris Bosh as necessary, and the Wizards continuing to miss free throws and fall asleep on defense, the intimidating game-ending run was more elementary than noteworthy. This was a game which was lost on the plane ride down to Miami.

—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
Point guard is such a key, hard-to-learn NBA position, especially against advanced, talented defenses like the Heat. And actually, despite Temple … and Mack, and Livingston, and Price, and Crawford … all starting at point guard this season, the Wizards aren’t getting out-played ‘that’ bad at the position. Only minus 2.0 points in PER compared to opposing point guards this season; that’s not as bad as Washington’s PF position, which is getting out-PER’d by 6.7 points thus far, all of this according to 82games.com. Henceforth, Temple went 0-for-7 from the field against the Heat but was relatively steady at the point with seven assists and three turnovers. At least more steady than Shelvin Mack, who scored seven points on four shots with one assist and one turnover in his latest last game as a Wizard.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Now we know that Beal hit a game-winner against the Oklahoma City Thunder, we can erase this Heat game from memory. Well, we can probably erase a lot of Beal games from memory thus far this season, but it’s all part of the process. And I use “process” in a totally legitimate manner here. Beal went 4-for-14 from the field against the Heat, but did pick up four assists, two steals, and one turnover to go with his nine points in 34 minutes. Most baffling: he went 0-3 from the free throw line. Two straight misses came just seven points into Miami’s game-ending 21-run. He also needs to keep better focus on defense, but most rookies do.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
How else can we express that we continue to like Martell Webster’s game? Sometimes he hits swing 3s, sometimes tough 2s. Sure, Webster has trouble finishing at times—if he only had Alonzo Gee’s hops (Chris Bosh blocked the dog doo out of Webster at one point)—but it ain’t from lack of effort. Webster isn’t perfect, but he’s only 26 and has proven capable of being in the solid rotation of nine players. And Trevor Ariza, the former starting 3 man who has recently returned from injury? Keep him on the bench. All that said, Webster went 1-for-6 from 3-point land in Miami, had 10 points, six rebounds, two steals, one turnover, and four fouls in 25 minutes. Now, let him play with John Wall.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Nene
Yea, Nene might as well have taken Sunday off… and he may have. Twenty-two minutes, five points, 1-for-6 FGs, 3-for-5 FTs, six rebounds, a turnover, and three fouls formulated Nene’s stat line, but the most telling part came with about five minutes left. At that point, Miami was just five points into its 21-0 game-ending run, up 83-71. Under the rim, Nene couldn’t finish over the 6-foot-2 Norris Cole after receiving a great pass from Jan Vesely. Then he missed both free-throws. Hey, Miami nights…

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Wikipedia finished with nine rebounds in 19 minutes. So, keep reading the entry about being a window-cleaner, Okafor. Otherwise, there’s not much more to say about Okafor’s game other than Chris Bosh—jumpers galore in the early-going—seemed very well-read on how the night would be defined.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
So part of the value in trading JaVale McGee for Nene—and it is still evident that the Wizards got much more in value, all things considered—is that Nene is a good mentor to Kevin Seraphin. Hopefully, Seraphin doesn’t learn Nene’s nuanced whining and free throw misses, but he can stand to learn a lot more—much more positive— from his fellow South American. Seraphin had a showing in points (14) over 31 minutes off the bench against the Heat, even making both of his free throw attempts, but he only snagged three rebounds. And with less than three minutes left, he let Dwyane Wade out-man him for points right under the rim, twice.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Cartier Martin
It’s fair to consider where Cartier Martin fits in on a “fully healthy” Wizards. He still is Washington’s second best 3-point shooter, after all. Martin’s .386 from deep this season line up fairly consistently with his .387 in 17 games last season, his .394 over 52 games in 2010-11, and his .398 over eight games in 2009-10. Martell Webster leads the Wizards this season with .398 from beyond the arc, but after that, the efforts of A.J. Price (.342), Jordan Crawford (.329), and Bradley Beal (.323) aren’t anything to brag about. The fact of the matter is that Cartier needs to do more to keep himself on the floor. Mainly, stop getting lost on defense so much. Otherwise, his shooting won’t save him all the time. I see a future where sometimes Randy Wittman forgets about him, sometimes Martin comes in and hits big shots, and sometimes he comes in and bombs misses. Actually, this is pretty much the case now. Against Miami, Martin finished with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting, 3-for-6 from deep, in his 26 minutes off the bench.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Paging Dr. Wittman.

“Dr. Newman, please hand me my clipboard and scapula,  I need to perform a self-lobotomy already.” -Dr. Wittman

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

Hey, Honza Dunks!

 


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