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DC Council Game 50: Wizards 102 at Bucks 90: D.C. Runs Milwaukee Off The Floor

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Updated: February 12, 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. 50, Washington Wizards at Milwaukee Bucks; contributors: Sean Fagan, Adam McGinnis and Kyle Weidie from behind the television screen.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Real Deal Beal

[Bradley Beal shot chart vs Bucks, via NBA.com/stats]

Washington Wizards 102 at Milwaukee Bucks 90 [box score]

MVP: Bradley Beal. Beal did his best impression of Jordan Crawford on the night, coming off the bench to torch the Bucks on his way to scoring a career-high 28 points. Beal was unconscious for most of the evening, draining open jumpers and drilling 3s in the face of the defense. Most impressive about Beal’s performance was his sense of timing. Every time the Bucks cut large chunks out of the Wizards’ lead, thanks to the shooting of Monta Ellis and Mike Dunleavy, Beal would reestablish the cushion with a well-timed jumper.

Stat of the Game: 37.9 percent. The Bucks couldn’t buy a basket on the evening and shot the aforementioned percentage, ultimately converting only 36-of-95 looks at the basket. In contrast, the Wizards shot at a blistering pace of 56.8 percent, which made up for the 19 turnovers they had on the night. A large factor of the game was that the Wizards were able to establish their presence inside early and often with Nene and Okafor, which then gave John Wall and Bradley Beal wide-open looks at the basket. The Bucks, without Larry Sanders, were unable to do much inside, with Samuel Dalembert getting into early foul trouble. Special mention should be made of the Wizards’ transition defense, which was exceptional for most of the game. Despite the bucketful of turnovers, the Bucks only scored nine points off those turnovers in large part due to an active and swarming Washington defense that efficiently locked the Bucks into their halfcourt set.

Bonus: the Wizards out-scored the Bucks 16-6 in transition points; normally, Milwaukee averages 14.3 fastbreak points per game and Washington averages 13.7.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Nene Shoulders the Price

As mentioned in my reaction on ESPN.com’s Daily Dime, when Nene came in and Kevin Seraphin went out early in the fourth quarter was when the Wizards were able to make the game-deciding push. Here’s the thing: it was with A.J. Price playing alongside Nene, not John Wall. Price finished plus-12 off the bench, Wall had an even plus/minus of zero when all was said and done. Wall checked back in for Price with 4:36 left in the game, and the Wizards were able hold the Bucks off, but it was mostly thanks to defense. Wall committed three very careless turnovers over the final couple of minutes, two of them led to Milwaukee 3-pointers. That Game Changer should get chewed out for that kind of lacking late-game focus.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

John Wall
The Good: 14 points on only six field goal attempts and 10 assists.

The Bad: seven turnovers.

It was a strange one for the Game Changer. At times he looked dominant, driving at will and finding the open man with nifty dishes. He punished the Bucks early in the open court with several pretty attacks. He made a highlight crossover that had a Bucks defender falling on the ground. But then Wall would make careless passes out of nowhere; his two huge turnovers in the game’s waning moments never really hurt due to the Bucks being unable to capitalize with silly miscues of their own. However, “Wall Ball” is a thing now. He deserves much credit for leading the team to its fourth straight victory and fourth road win of the season. Wall’s floater is now worth monitoring, because he might be perfecting an essential go-to move. What a weapon that would be.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

2 out of 3 stars

Garrett Temple
With more of the same from Garrett Temple—two points, three rebounds, 12 minutes—I’m not sure he very much enjoyed what will likely be his final start. (Bradley Beal back, y’all!) The real question that’s rumbles from the roots of a naturally angst-filled Wizards Nation and those with Steezus Pieces alike: when will Jordan Crawford be that scorer off the bench again? Or, perhaps in Wittman’s mind: will Temple’s jet-like defense and uninvolved offense mesh with his inconsistent second unit? With Beal likely (hopefully) starting the next game for Temple (he did seem to aggravate his injured wrist versus Milwaukee), does Wittman now have an excuse to play Jordan on the road in Detroit? Or will the coach show the kiddo no love in his hometown? Questions galore.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
With everyone else not able to miss, Webster didn’t have to do much on the evening — 2 points, 4 shots, 1 rebound, and 1 assist in 20 minutes. His role became playing active defense and serving as a decoy while the Wizards continued to feed Beal and Nene the ball. Webster is going to have nights like this where his scoring is not a prerequisite to the Wizards winning, but the important part is that his defensive energy doesn’t lag. Webster had a bit of trouble with the larger and more rugged Ersan Ilyasova, which necessitated a call to the bench for the more defensively-oriented Trevor Ariza.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Nene
No Larry Sanders and a less-than-100-percent Luc Richard Mbah a Moute basically made this Nene’s game. He completely shredded the Bucks defense, scoring 21 points on a 10-for-13 shooting while handing out six assists and gobbling up 13 rebounds. Sam Dalembert and Milwaukee’s relief crew were unable to handle Nene as he switched back and forth between an inside and outside game. Crowd him so he can’t establish position in the paint? Nene will calmly drill a 12-footer in your face. Worried about the shooting of Beal? Nene is going to be two feet from the basket for an almost automatic conversion. The real fun of watching Nene play last night was seeing him quarterback the defense. Nene got people into position and harried them into closing-out on Bucks shooters. As the Wizards keep winning, the question has to be asked whether the Nene we have seen over the course of the winning streak is the Nene that has been here all along. If Nene only gets up when he knows his team has a chance to win (i.e.when John Wall is in the lineup), it could prove potentially frustrating down the road, as people need to expect that Wall is going to miss a few games each year due to his frenetic playing style.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

3 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Before every Wizards contest, Emeka warms up with lead assistant coach Don Newman on the arena floor. He practices the same post moves and jump shots every time. After the conclusion of games, Okafor goes through an exercise of stretches. His personal yoga class can run so long that he usually misses media interviews both at home and on the road—the team bus often is waiting on him to leave. The meticulous consistency is paying off dividends on the court, as Okafor’s double-double efforts are becoming routine as his Namastes. This was the case again in Milwaukee, where Emeka began strong with 10 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. He got good position on seals, which made it easy for him to finish at the rim. He struggled early defending Milwaukee’s quicker forwards, but eventually buckled down. Okafor finished with 12 points (5-for-8 FGs), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 24 minutes.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

2 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
This is hopefully the last time Beal will be appearing in the bench section of our game recaps. His outstanding performance warrants him reclaiming the starting gig that was lost due to injury. Beal poured in a career-high 28 points (10-for-17 FGs, 4-for-5 3Ps, 4-for-4 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks, and a plus-27 plus/minus in 36 minutes. It was a “Rookie of the Year” kind of night for the teenager. He did majority of his offensive damage on the left side of the court, benefiting from crisp team ball movement, which led to Beal spotting up in the corner for successful 3-balls. Bradley continues to show a natural ability on fast break opportunities by using his body to shield off defenders to prevent them from blocking his shot and also creating contact in the process. Wall’s impressive shot-blocking ability is rubbing off, as Beal has perfected timing on his own vicious swats. Late in the fourth quarter, Beal was fouled hard on a drive. He landed awkwardly on his injured wrist, coming up wincing in pain. He calmly knocked down both free throws and the next time down the court, he splashed a 15-foot pull-up jumper. A collective exhale was felt from Wizards Nation. They have been waiting for him to return to pre-injury form. It also just happened to coincidentally transpire in an arena with his same name, the Bradley Center. Beal is back, baby!

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

3 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza now seems more comfortable than he has at any point during the earlier portion of the season. His role is clearly defined: play tough defense, and you can take your shots as they become available. Gone is the shot-jacking of yore, and instead you are left with a nice little line at the end of the night that doesn’t take into account all the “little things.” Ariza did a little bit of everything last night and is quickly becoming the jack of all trades that the Wizards expected when they made the trade for him and Okafor last summer. If I had my druthers, I would have Ariza take Vesely under his wing at this point and learn how to be a 10-6-3-1 player every night. Like Nene, Ariza appears to be a bit of a front-runner, so it will be fascinating to see what happens when the ‘Zards hit a bit of bad form. I don’t think he is a trade chip yet, but if he continues to play at his current rate, one could expect at least 75 cents on the dollar.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

2 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

For Starters…

Once again the ol’ ball coach didn’t find much success with his starters—Wall, Temple, Webster, Nene and Okafor finished minus-11 in their game-high 10 minutes as a unit. Instead, the most success came via four minutes of Wall, Beal, Ariza, Seraphin and Nene (plus-8), and four minutes of Price, Beal, Ariza, Nene and Okafor (plus-6), amongst several other lineups that did not include Garrett Temple. Thus, as covered, the idea is for Beal to start soon, if healthy. Otherwise, Trevor Ariza has emerged off the bench and Kevin Seraphin will always get run because no one else off the pine can really fill in at the 4 or 5 with scoring. Wittman must soon be able to coax more out of at least one of his third-year or younger players—Crawford, Booker, Vesely, and Singleton. Singleton has been getting the minutes lately, but he was more bad than good in Milwaukee.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

Beautiful Basketball.

John Wall in the lane to Bradley Beal who drives and gives it back to John Wall, who finds Nene under the basket for points. Beautiful.


  • Nich

    I dig the Price love.

    Every time he has a bad game, or the Wiz lose a lead while he’s out there, people act like its an every game thing, when really the Wizards have outscored opponents with Price on the floor in 50% of his appearances, really not bad for a backup on a 15-35 team.

  • Nich

    I disagree with Nene as front runner though.

    I think it’s a MUCH more common issue in basketball. Earlier in the year, Nene didn’t ever seem to be able to breathe, teams were able to fixate on him. Now with Wall’s return comes the emergence of Beal and continued improvement of Webster and Ariza and Okafor. This is taking a lot of the load off Nene on both ends of the court. As guys get and hit good looks, their confidence and overall play improves. This is trickling down through the team. Nene is great, but he isn’t capable of outright carrying a team on offense and defense. Without the added pressure and extra responsibility to cover for other guys mistakes, he’s able to flourish.

    Also worth mentioning is his clearly improved health. He,s averaging almost 9 more minutes per game than he was in December, and he’s escaped the slump he was in for awhile in January.

    I thought he did as much as he could earlier in the year, but now that he’s not shouldering such a large burden, he’s becoming way more efficient.
    I don’t think of that as front running.

  • Robert

    David falk said the same thing about John wall that u have been saying on here for two straight years. John wall is a stupid basketball player with no feel for the game. His basketball IQ is a zero. It’s time to trade him. I’m my mind, the only thing John wall is good at is getting away with three step (travel) layups because he is so damn fast….every time he does that pointless behind the back thing, it is a travel. David falk keeps it real.

  • Robert

    David falk said the same thing about John wall that i have been saying on here for two straight years. John wall is a stupid basketball player with no feel for the game. His basketball IQ is a zero. It’s time to trade him. I’m my mind, the only thing John wall is good at is getting away with three step (travel) layups because he is so damn fast….every time he does that pointless behind the back thing, it is a travel. David falk keeps it real.