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DC Council Game 48: Wizards 106 vs Knicks 96: Wall Goes Wild in Win Over New York

Updated: February 7, 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. 48, Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks; contributors: Rashad Mobley and John Converse Townsend from the Verizon Center, with Conor Dirks from the ATL.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council


Washington Wizards 106 vs New York Knicks 96 [box score]

MVP: After the game, a Knicks player who shall not be named said, “We couldn’t keep Wall out of the f**king lane!” Coach Woodson blamed his guards (and not his big men) for not keeping Wall out of the lane, while Raymond Felton blamed Wall’s effectiveness in screen-and-rolls for the Knicks’ loss. More important than Wall’s 21 points, nine assists, five rebounds and six turnovers, was his ability to break down and frustrate the Knicks defense.

Stat of the Game: The Wizards shot 11-for-20 (55 percent) from the 3-point line, which was 21 percent higher than their usual average of 34 percent (25th in the NBA).  Even if the Knicks had shot their season average (38 percent, good for 2nd in the NBA) and not 32 percent like they did last night, it still would not have been enough to offset the Wizards’ hot shooting. Most of the damage was done by Martell Webster (5-for-9) who is making his case to be in the 3-point contest in Houston, and Trevor Ariza, who shot a blistering 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

—Rashad Mobley (@rashad20)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Wittman’s Secret Weapon?

The Wizards actually managed to stay in front of the Knicks—by as many as seven points—between the end of the second quarter and the final two minutes of the third. But then Amar’e Stoudemire, Ray Felton, J.R. Smith, and Carmelo Anthony (who else?) put the ball through the hoop to steal the lead going into the fourth quarter, 73-70.

“We had a bad stretch at the end of third quarter,” Wittman said after the game. “They played good, they hit us with a run, but we stopped it. We stopped it and then got back and scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter. That’s what quality NBA games are made up of.”

An official timeout stopped the Wizards’ 15-7 run with 8:18 left in the final period, but the Knicks never recovered, losing the fourth 23-36.

The five-man unit that got the job done? John Wall, Martell Webster, Trevor Ariza, Chris Singleton, and Kevin Seraphin. That lineup has appeared in two games this season for a total of 10 minutes, but it’s been incredibly effective:

  • FG%: .706
  • 3P%: .571
  • FT%: .833
  • +/-: 84.7

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

John Wall
“In the NBA, your franchise guy has got to be a guy you can put the ball in his hands late in the game and he can get you a basket,” Stan Van Gundy recently said. “I don’t see that from John Wall at this point in his career. Maybe it will develop, but I don’t see it.”

Right. Wall doesn’t have the deadly jump shot that, say, Kevin Durant or Kyrie Irving have … not yet, but that doesn’t mean he’s incapable of getting buckets away from the hoop. This season, Wall is shooting 34.9 percent (29-for-83) on 2-pointers outside of 10 feet. To compare, everyone’s favorite bearded scorer, James Harden, is shooting 35.8 percent. (Wall was shooting 36 percent coming into the game, for what it’s worth.)

Plus who says a “franchise guy”—whatever that means—has to take score to be effective? As Kyle Weidie mentioned in The Reaction, Wall “accounted for just under 40 percent of the Wizards’ points in 39 minutes of action” against the Knicks, scoring 21 points and dishing nine dimes.In the fourth quarter alone (he played all 12 minutes and put up a plus-13 plus/minus), Wall produced 18 Washington points, scoring 10 (4-for-4 from the free throw line) to go with three assists (one turnover).

Wall sounds like a game-changer to me. The guys who play with him think so, too. Here’s Martell Webster:

“We have a great point guard who opens the court up—he opens it up like the Red Sea.”

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2.5 out of 3 stars

Garrett Temple
There’s not much to say about Garrett Temple’s effort against the Knicks (four points, two assists, one rebound, two turnovers), other than to note that he graciously bowed out to let the army of Washington small forwards shoot, and hit, shots he isn’t proficient at making. Temple’s game is coming into clearer view, though. In 16 minutes, Temple showed that he is willing and able to be Wall’s safety valve. A solid defensive player that can hit an open midrange jumper? It’s no Brad Beal, but for now, we’ll take it.

—Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks)

1 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
Someone please update this man’s Wikipedia page. Martell’s season averages are climbing steadily, and this is already his best season as a pro. We’ve said it recently on this site, and here it is again: Where would the Wizards be if they hadn’t signed Webster, who was waived by Minnesota, this offseason? Webster hit the first 3 he got his hands on, and kept on firing. His shot with 1:33 left in the game was the “dagger” that put the Knicks away. With five 3-pointers on the night (5-for-9) and 19 points overall, Martell is now 15-for-26 (58%) from deep in February, averaging 15.5 points per game. This team is still ranked dead last in points per game, but you can’t blame The Definition (via his last name and dictionaries).

—Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks)

2.5 out of 3 stars

Nene was non-existent on the offensive side of the ball, save for five points towards the end of the second quarter. Wall, Webster and Ariza did the bulk of the scoring, while Nene just grabbed a rebound here and there, and that trend continued throughout the game. On defense, Nene either found himself in a mismatch with Iman Shumpert, or he was committing fouls against Carmelo and Amar’e—both aggressive, quick post players. I wouldn’t want to imply that Nene took the game off, because he didn’t. The Knicks just weren’t the type of team that would allow the Wizards to tap into Nene’s skill set, on either end of the floor.

—Rashad Mobley (@rashad20)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Tyson Chandler is bigger, faster, (probably) stronger, and better than the Okafor is no slouch. He didn’t shy away from the challenge, backing down the Knicks center in the paint, and actually getting good looks in the paint—where he’s most effective. On the season, Okafor is making 63.1 percent of his shots inside five feet and 47.3 percent of his attempts from five-to-nine feet.For just the second time in the last seven games, Big Mek failed to grab double-digit rebounds, but on this night, 12 points (6-for-11) and seven boards was good enough.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton got the memo. Small forwards (Ariza, Webster, Singleton) scored 49 of Washington’s 106 total points, and Singleton did his part (10 points on 4-for-5 shooting). Since emerging, blinking into the sun, from Coach Wittman’s DNP-CD torture basement against the Spurs last weekend, Chris has played 58 minutes. For perspective, that’s more than double his total minutes in the entire month of January (24).

His last shot of the game was his most impressive: Wall drove right before kicking it out to Ariza behind the arc, and Ariza swung it to Singleton in the corner. After driving hard on Tyson Chandler, Singleton stepped back and hit a tough fading shot over him to put the Wizards up 95-88 with just over five minutes left in the game. Singleton also blocked out Chandler very nicely on a key Knicks offensive rebounding opportunity with 3:40 left in the fourth. His minutes will drop again when Beal comes back, but Chris has earned the right to shed his warm-ups a few times per game.

—Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks)

2 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza said that he considered himself to be one of six starters on this Wizards team, and last night he played like it. His shooting was spectacular: 5-for-7 from the 3-point line, 2-for-4 from inside the arc, he made his only two free throws, and it all added up to a season-high 20 points. But it wasn’t just how Ariza scored that was the key to the Wizards’ victory, it was whenhe scored.

After the first and third quarters, the Wizards were behind, and that just happened to be when Ariza was mostly on the bench. In the second and fourth quarters, Ariza did not come out of the game at all, and the Wizards found themselves ahead, partly due to the pressure Wall applied to the Knicks, but partly because of Ariza’s (and Webster’s) ability to convert the open look. Even with 6:02 left in the second quarter, when he shot an ill-advised shot (a heat check) off a fast break that saw him neither look, nor pass to anyone, it still went in. He didn’t necessarily stop Carmelo (31 points) from scoring, but he and Webster limited the damage and made him take 23 shots to get those points

—Rashad Mobley (@rashad20)

2.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Scouted ‘n’ Outed

Randy Wittman coached his ass off against Mike Woodson and the mighty New York Knicks. In the waning minutes of the third quarter, Wittman saw 3-point specialist Steve Novak check in for Tyson Chandler, and responded by replacing Emeka Okafor with Chris Singleton. It was a decent move … in theory, but the Knicks went on a 9-0 run anyway.

But Coach Witt stuck wit’ it, and it paid off—a 12-2 Wizards run in the opening 2:15 of the fourth quarter. (For more on that, see the Key Legislature at the top.)

Tell us more, Coach!

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

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John has been part of the editorial team at TAI since 2010. He likes: pocket passes, chase-down blocks, 3-pointers. He dislikes: typos, turnovers, midrange jump shots.