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DC Council Game 57: Wizards 88 vs Knicks 96: Laptops, Turnovers and Missed Free Throws

Updated: March 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. 57, Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks; contributors: Adam McGinnis and Kyle Weidie from the Verizon Center and John Converse Townsend from where he watches television in comfort.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

It’s Randy.

Hard to blame the coach for turnovers and missed free throws, especially in the land of tiny laptops.

Washington Wizards 88 vs New York Knicks 96 [box score]

MVP: Bradley Beal. 29 points on 21 shots (4-for-7 from 3), a team-high 11 rebounds, two assists, and one turnover.

Stat of the Game: Fourth-quarter points. The Knicks scored 23; the Wizards scored 11. That’s right. The home team was actually up, 77-73 after three quarters, but they only made three field goals in an ugly final period. Also, the Wizards went 19-for-29 from the free throw line (Okafor 3-for-8), so those would have helped.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Miniature Horses

The Wizards started the fourth quarter with John Wall, Garrett Temple, Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin. Against Jason Kidd, Ray Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, Washington’s crew quickly evaporated a four-point Wizards lead into a one-point deficit in about two minutes. The interior defense was zilch and Felton was easily able get into the lane. At the 9:51 mark, Randy Wittman subbed in Martell Webster for a fatigued Beal; and a couple minutes later, a much-used Emeka Okafor for a relatively inept Seraphin. It was too late. Forced to play Temple (who, bless his heart, really accounts for half-a-player as far as opposing defenses are concerned), the Wizards found themselves down eight points, having scored only one field goal, just over five minutes into the final period. From there, New York had the horses and Washington did not. Simple as that.

—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
For those wanting a statement game to quiet John Wall’s obsessive critics, this sure was not it. He began sluggish, tapered up in the middle of quarters, and fell off with a thud down the stretch. Wall’s final numbers bear this out: 16 points, 6-for-14 shooting, six assists, three steals, and one block. However, five turnovers cost him dearly, especially in pivotal moments during the fourth quarter. Wall twice ran wildly into defenders and coughed the ball up. He had no assists, two points and two turnovers in the final period. He missed the rim entirely on a close drive in crunch time and even chucked up an errant 3-pointer, to the audible groan of the Verizon Center crowd.It is too early to be overly concerned. No body language psycho analysis is needed just yet. Remember: The Wizards are playing much better with Wall back. If he was killing it stats-wise, it would mean nothing to these same detractors. Washington’s poor record would be the story, and Wall would be target of blame. For these reasons, I am weary of dipping deep into the waters of critique. However, it’s becoming harder and harder to sugar-coat. The question remains, “What is up with John Wall?” I have no idea.

Knicks guard Raymond Felton says that Wall needs to be cut some slack:

“I have known John for a long time. I have seen him grow. He is one of the best point guards in this league. He is coming off an injury. I think he has been playing great. I think for their success is the reason because he is back. He is doing his job. You are going to struggle. I struggled when I came back from my broken pinkie. Everybody looked at it like ‘oh it aint nothing.’ You realize how much you use something once you break it. John is going to be fine. He is young. He’s athletic. He is going to be OK.”

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

1 out of 3 stars

Bradley Beal
Beal had a career-high 29 points, the most a Wizards player has scored all season. After Beal split Shumpert and Chandler at the 3-point line and finished a lefty layup over Carmelo Anthony, I got to thinking … maybe the Wizards should launch the Bradley Beal Point Guard Project. It looks like Dwyane Wade with a long ball. Beal’s PER (per 48 minutes) at the point guard position is 17.9 (with a net of plus-3.5), but that dips to 12.9 (minus-3.0) at the two. Beal, just 6’3″, is undersized for a SG, but is the ideal size for a PG—just look at Rajon Rondo, but also knock-down shooters Kyrie Irving and future Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard. As a point, Beal has a .509 eFG%, a few percentage points higher than his eFG% as a SG, .458.

I looked up some pick-and-roll numbers on mySynergySports.com: Beal scores 0.59 points per play (PPP) as the handler, which isn’t great, but he’s a rookie and not too far behind Wall (0.65 PPP). To compare, Irving is at 0.8 PPP and Lillard scores 0.86. However, Beal flashes his rebounding abilities when he plays the point, grabbing 5.5 per 48 (5.3 at SG), scores more points, 23.5 (21.2 at SG), and commits fewer turnovers, 2.0 (2.2 at SG).

A long-term project, perhaps? Something to consider, in any case.

[Stats: 82games.com]

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

3 out of 3 stars

[Ed. Note: I’m not so hot on the Point-Beal Project. Writing off the presence of John Wall seems uncomfortable; Beal measured 6-4.75 in shoes at the draft combine; his strength, toughness and ability to rebound goes a long way to negate undersized impressions; and it’s probably more ideal to have Beal focus on scoring instead of having to worry about distributing the ball to teammates. Interesting fodder nonetheless. —Kyle W.]

Martell Webster
Martell Webster’s stats from Friday night don’t stand out — eight points, 4-for-7 FGs, 1-for-3 3Ps, five rebounds, one assist, one steal, zero turnovers and four fouls. But, curiously enough, he was the only Wizard with a positive plus/minutes, plus-8 in 37 minutes. On a couple occasions he showed more than just spot-up shooting and transition buckets with step-back, pull-up midrange jumpers over J.R. Smith. After one such J near the end of the third, Webster then adeptly swung the ball to Beal in the corner for a 3. It capped a 10-2 run for the Wizards, getting them within one point and prompting a Knicks timeout. But, in the fourth, Webster, or any other Wizard for that matter, was nowhere to be found. Washington shot 3-for-17 in the period (Webster 0-for-2) and lost the game.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton gained a surprise start due to Nene being inactive with a shoulder injury (Trevor Booker started at the 4 in the Pistons game). Unfortunately, Wizards fans should have been given Hazmat suits to deal with Singleton’s toxic stat line. He finished with no points on 0-6 shooting, one rebound, one block and one turnover in 21 minutes. During an ugly sequence in the first half, Singleton mistimed his jump on an easy alley-oop toss from Beal, resulting in a turnover. Then, his eight-foot, left-handed jump hook came up about six feet short when he actually called for a travel. Singleton later achieved the trifecta of futility by blowing an easy put-back dunk. One time on a switch, Jason Kidd was checking him. Singleton had the baseline and could have even backed the 40-year old point guard down in the post. Instead, he threw a knuckle ball pull up jumper that barely grazed the front of the rim. Singleton still can contribute on the defensive end — holding his own against Carmelo Anthony — but his offense cannot be such a liability if he is going continue to get playing time in the future.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

0 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Okafor double-doubled with 11 points and 10 boards, which was easy to put together after a big seven-point, six-rebound first quarter. He also added two blocks and an assist in 34 minutes and, again, was a good defensive low-post presence against Tyson Chandler.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
Tragically lost in the “Retracted Dagger” fallout was that the Wizards had no business being in a game-winning situation against Detroit, and the only reason they were was due to the heroics of Trevor Ariza. Against the Knicks, he continued to bring it. My favorite Hookah connoisseur poured in 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 33 minutes. While his offensive efficiency continues to be a pleasant surprise, his trademark defense remains superb. Melo started to cook with Webster guarding him, so Ariza was switched onto Anthony and immediately slowed him down, which led to a Wizards run. There were no bonehead Ariza plays, either, which is always a major plus. Ariza’s best role is probably still coming off the bench, but there is no question that he is one of Wizards’ most important all-around players, excelling at a starter level.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)

2 out of 3 stars

Kevin Seraphin
Nene’s shoulder injury meant that young Kevin Seraphin would be an option off the bench. He played with heart, but didn’t do much in his 11 minutes—just four points and four rebounds. He was putting up a bagel (0-for-3) before making his first (and only) bucket of the game in the second quarter on a fastbreak tip-in—John Wall missed a coast-to-coast layup at the cup. Then foul trouble and ineffective defense against the Knicks’ big men, including a grinding, spinning Amar’e Stoudemire early in the fourth, relegated Seraphin to the bench for good.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

0.5 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council


If Randy Wittman could go back in time, I imagine he might start Trevor Ariza at the 4 instead of Chris Singleton. Ariza’s defense against Carmelo Anthony was just as good, if not better, and his overall effect on the game much greater. Wittman’s staters — Wall, Beal, Webster, Singleton and Okafor — finished minus-1 in their 14 minutes on the court together. Replace Singleton with Ariza and that 5-man unit finished plus-10 in 12 minutes. The third most-used lineup also featured Singleton at the 4, alongside Wall, Beal, Ariza and Okafor; they finished minus-12 in six minutes.

What’s a Wittman to do? Per Tweet of @MrMichaelLee during the game, who knows?

#wizards have a small margin for error; if any of their top 4 players are out (Wall, Beal, Nene, Okafor), they are bound to struggle

Foresight and player development: sure, the Wizards are playing better-ish with a more complete roster, but these two areas continue to under-perform according to what Ted Leonsis’ standards should be. Oh well, there’s always next year … Always the next draft.

[stats via NBA.com/stats]

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

John Wall on the Role Reversal.


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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.