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DC Council Game 52: Wizards 88 vs Raptors 96: Bum Rush the Show

Updated: February 20, 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. 52, Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors; contributors: John Converse Townsend and Kyle Weidie from the Verizon Center and Conor Dirks from the ATL.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

The Last of Jordan Crawford?

As previously described at the onset of the game, it was pretty much like that with Jordan Crawford for the entire game. He wrapped a towel over his head, he slouched at 45-degree angles, and at the end of the night, he threw his jersey into the crowd. One lucky lady caught it. Skuttlebutt said that some guy offered her $200 for it, but he didn’t have the money on him. Thanks to John Townsend, who coaxed her over for a phone pic so all the Internets could witness, this might be the last you ever see of a Jordan Crawford jersey in D.C.


Washington Wizards 88 vs Raptors 96 [box score]

MVP (not named DeMar DeRozan): Bradley Beal—25 points (9-19 FG, 3-6 3P), four rebounds and one assist.

Stat of the Game: Seventeen turnovers (which led to 24 Raptors points) and 38.5 percent shooting from the field is most certainly a losing combination. That and the fact the Wiz trailed Team Canada from the 6:46 mark in the second quarter till the final buzz—er … I mean, air horn.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Ugh, Basketball.

On an evening when the basketball was hard to watch, words will have to suffice.  Halfway through the third quarter, with the Wizards doing their best 2012 impression, a whisper turned into a murmur. That murmur turned into a mumble, and that mumble turned into a barely audible “chant.” Deep in the heart of Wizard-dom, a cry arose, and the people made their futile plea: “JOR-DAN CRAW-FORD.” Fans were agitated, effort was minimal, and there sat Crawford, leaned way back, gettin’ his Eskimo on. Fans get restless when effort and execution are lacking, so let’s drive the point home with a lip-read of Bradley Beal. With less than a minute left, and the Wizards almost completely out of it, Beal was spotted saying: “Why the **** are we giving up?”

—Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

John Wall
Um, so what was that? Worst John Wall game ever? Probs. For starters, he shot 8.3 percent from the floor (1-for-12). Wall has been this bad at sinking buckets once before: another 1-for-12 effort in Orlando about a year ago, Feb. 1, 2012 (at least he had seven assists, three turnovers and 10 rebounds on that night).

On this night, the first game post-All-Star weekend (party), Wall went 1-for-4 at the basket, 0-for-8 everywhere else. Except the free throw line—Wall made 7-of-8 from there. Also, he combated six assists with seven turnovers.

What was the deal? What was missing? Passion. Moxie. Intangibles. Et cetera. He took to many dribbles before taking bad shots. He didn’t see lanes. His passes to teammates were off. You couldn’t tell if he was trying too hard—Wall did try hard sometimes, during the game—but it wasn’t what we are all thinking: It was not a good way to respond to David Falk’s words. Not that he has to, but hell, we all know Wall wanted to. On to the next one, we guess.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
After coming off the bench in the last several games, Beal got the start against the Raptors. As the only member of the Wizards to participate in basketball activities at NBA All-Star Weekend, one might expect him to have less energy than the rest of the team. Instead, Beal had one of his better games of the season offensively: 25 points on 47 percent shooting, with four rebounds, one assist, and zero turnovers. With many of his teammates struggling, Beal offered the following advice post-game: “There’s always things you can do when, sometimes, things don’t go your way. A few guys didn’t do that tonight.” On a night when his point guard was completely ineffective, it was even more impressive that Beal was able to shine.

—Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks)

3 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
Martell Webster very quietly did his job. He scored 16 points on nine field goal attempts (3-for-5 from deep), grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out four assists. Webster (+4), Nene (+3) and A.J. Price (+9) were the only Wizards who contributed positively to plus/minus. The Wizards were never out-of-reach, but seemingly always out of touch. One of those instances that could’ve changed things came with about five and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter. John Wall pushed the ball on the break, and to everyone’s surprise (in consideration of his play on the night), he turned around to find a trailing Martell Webster for an above-the-break 3-pointer. Splash. The Wizards were within five points with plenty of time left. But then Wall oddly over-pressured Kyle Lowry and let the Raptors guard break baseline to the hoop for points. It looked so easy that we can only assume that a breakdown in team defensive communication contributed to the breach. But hey, that Martell Webster guy played well.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Nene struggled to get into a rhythm against Toronto’s big bodies. Early in the game, Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas imposed himself down low, and Nene was forced to foul to prevent easy buckets. Between Valanciunas and Aaron Gray, the Raptors were able to contain Nene by packing the paint and preventing drives. In the first half, however, before the bottom fell out, Nene caught the ball down low and waited for the Raptors to swarm before he slyly dumped the ball off to Trevor Ariza under the basket.  Raptors assistant coach Micah Nori noted Nene’s passing as a problem for Toronto at halftime, and the change in game-plan showed. Against superior length, Nene was 3-for-11 from the field, with seven total points, and seven rebounds.

—Conor Dirks (@ConorDDirks)

1 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Okafor played every minute of the first and third quarters, plus a 4:38 stint to close the second quarter. But, once again, no sign of the big man in the final period. He’s averaging just 5:49 of run in the fourth quarter this season (27 appearances in 52 games). Here’s the problem: Okafor has the highest REB% on the team (18.4) and the
fifth-best DefRtg (98.5)—he’s a reliable help defender who contests shots and jumps passing lanes. But no, why play the vet who had 12 points and nine boards on the night?

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
Yup, you heard right. #FreeBooker got to see the floor for just the second time this month (I’m not counting the two seconds he played vs. Detroit). He was plus-7 in plus/minus in the second quarter, as part of a Wizards 5-man unit that stormed back from 10 down to tie the game at 34. And the stat sheet looked OK in the end: 10 points, six rebounds (a game-high three offensive), one assist, one turnover, and a minus-2 plus/minus in 20 minutes.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1 out of 3 stars

AJ Price
A.J. Price played, got 17 minutes, went 2-for-7 from the field (missed all of his 3s), scored four points, got one assist (zero turnovers), and two rebounds (but a team-leading plus-9). He was the backup point guard. Price and others who came off the bench certainly did not have games worth writing about, but something’s got to go here.So, for what this is worth in the grand evaluation of ‘Hey, Ernie and Ted, how’s that rebuilding going with all those rookie contracts?’, I mention this stat:The Wizards have a roster of 14 players and half of them are on rookie contracts: Wall, Seraphin, Booker, Crawford, Vesely, Singleton, and Beal. Two veterans, Webster and Price, are playing on one-year contracts; three vets, Nene, Okafor and Ariza, are high-priced, salary cap-eating acquisitions; and two vets are NBA journeymen, Martin and Temple.

In the 19 games since Wall’s return, what percentage of total minutes have those seven on rookie contracts accounted for? 41.4 percent—which seems rather low for a rebuilding team in a lost, non-playoff season. But hey, veterans.

 —Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Do you want to get Randy?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

Burn it, John Wall?

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  • Nich

    Low numbers of minutes.. Crawford and Beal, the guys who account for most of those minutes usually both missed some games. Seraphin only averages 1minute less than Okafor and Nene, and the team is awful with him. Singleton re-entered the rotation after a few games. Booker has been iffy health wise and doesn’t seem to have any place In this teams long term plans.

    Vesely needs minutes though. Unless we have gone back to our initial plan for keeping Vesely mostly under wraps this year and focus on his game.