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DC Council Game 63: Wizards 106 vs Bucks 93: Cook Bookin' With Deer Meat

Updated: March 14, 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. 63, Washington Wizards vs Milwaukee Bucks; contributors: Rashad Mobley and John Converse Townsend from the Verizon Center and Kyle Weidie via eyes on a television screen.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

All Thumbs.

[Larry Sanders is all thumbs — via @wiz_spurtin]

[Anxious Ernie]

Washington Wizards 106 vs Milwaukee Bucks 93 [box score]

MVP: Who else? David Falk’s least favorite point guard in the nation’s capital, John Wall. The “Game Changer” scored 23 points on 19 shots, grabbed six rebounds, nabbed four steals, and dished out 10 assists to just two turnovers.

Stat of the Game: The plan was to pound Milwaukee on the inside from start to finish, which is why the Wizards went to Emeka Okafor on their first offensive possession and to Nene on their second. It all worked out pretty well, save for the third quarter when the Bucks out-scored the Wizards 16-10 in the paint. Over the other three quarters, Washington won the battle of paint points, 48 to 26.

Bonus: The Wizards were lucky that going 12-for-24 from the free throw line didn’t hurt them. Milwaukee didn’t attempt a single free throw in the first half, went 6-for-7 in the third, and shot just 3-for-5 from the line in the fourth.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Cook Bookin’

At halftime I tweeted that the Wizards’ 16 point lead might as well be four points, in consideration of Washington’s occasionally sputtering offense and Milwaukee’s penchant for quick guards making quick buckets. But by the 9:15 mark, the Wizards’ lead ballooned to 20 points. Then, by the 7:01 mark, that lead had shrunk to 13, and it kept shrinking… all the way to a mere one point at the 2:55 mark. Trevor Ariza finally stopped he bleeding with a 3-pointer at the 1:11 mark, but Milwaukee still finished the third with a three point lead, 78-75. What had happened? Ghostface Ersan Ilyasova dropped 12 in the quarter, many against the shorter Trevor Booker, and Kevin Seraphin lived the #KevinSeraphinLife, which meant picking up three fouls in 2:42 of action during the period.

What changed? Booker turned up the energy, snatching three boards and hitting an And-1 within the first couple of minutes of the fourth, screaming as loud as he could after the whistle. The Cook Book was open and John Wall finished dinner, using his jet engine fuel to propel the Wizards back to a six point lead about four minutes into the final quarter. The Wiz Kids never looked back.

—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
Prior to the Wednesday night’s game, I asked Milwaukee Bucks Coach Jim Boylan if he wanted John Wall to be in fast break situations given his propensity to turn the ball over. Boylan thought about it for a second then said:

“Nah … We’d like to try and keep him under control, he does a lot of good things, too. I know there are some turnover issues, but on the whole I’d rather not let him get out there and just be free wheeling it, finding 3-point shooters and the big guys inside, and him going to the basket. That’s something we’ve been trying to work on the last couple of weeks, our transition defense, and we’ve gotten a little bit better at it. There’s been nights when we’re not so good, but there are some nights when we’ve been pretty efficient. So that’ll be a point of emphasis for us to try and get back quickly, and make them play a little more in the half court.

I was wrong, Boylan was right, but his team’s execution was also wrong. Wall’s freewheeling came in the form of a crossover on Brandon Jennings, followed by a 3-pointer–just his third of the season. There was also a pretty hesitation baseline move against Ersan Illyasova. He found Nene and Emeka Okafor inside, and when he needed to, Wall turned on his vintage speed to get the basket as well. In the first quarter, Wall got easy baskets for all four starters, while managing to score five points of his own. In the second half, when the Bucks made a run and took the lead, Wall looked to score even more and had 12 points. Just one night after putting up 27 points, 14 assists, seven rebounds, four turnovers, one steal, one block, and a plus/minus of plus-12, Wall scored 23 points, with 10 assists, six rebounds, four steals, just two turnovers, a plus/minus of plus-16, and he got Larry Sanders ejected by drawing a charging foul. Perhaps the rumors of this being Bradley Beal’s team were premature. Martell Webster summed up Wall’s performance perfectly when he said:

“There was an instance tonight where I really saw greatness and it doesn’t necessarily have to do with performance. It has to do with understanding that we gave the lead up, and he took us and put us on his back and was able to find guys, was able to score, was talking, able to get steals, and I think that all-around game was what got us back into the game. We fed off his energy.”

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

3 out of 3 stars

Garrett Temple
Out of 32 total games with the Wizards this season, Garrett Temple turned in one of his top three performances against Milwaukee, and it was certainly needed. In 41 minutes, he scored 13 points (6-for-7 FGs, 1-for-1 FTs, he didn’t attempt a 3) to go with four assists (two turnovers) and three rebounds. Temple played admirable (but not stellar) defense against the quick Bucks guards, and he hit his jump shots (2-for-3 from midrange). Sure, the “Point Temple” spot duty for the injured A.J. Price (groin), didn’t always work out, but as long as Temple is being a pest on defense and hitting jumpers (bonus: he also had a nice bucket in transition), what else can you ask for from a fill-in D-Leaguer?

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
For the third consecutive game, Martell Webster started with the hot hand, and for the third consecutive game, he tapered off considerably in the second half. In fairness to Webster, his hot shooting helped build the 16-point cushion the Wizards enjoyed in the first half by shooting 60 percent from the field, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point line.  But in the third quarter, when the Bucks outscored the Wizards, 34-15, Webster went scoreless despite playing the entire period. Even if he shot lights out in just the first and third quarters, he could have made life easier for his team, but perhaps that’s nitpicking. What is most important is that in Beal’s absence, Webster has helped to spread the floor for John Wall, which makes the Wizards a tougher team to guard.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

2 out of 3 stars

Nene recorded his seventh double-double of the year, 13 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Nene also added a season-high six assists to line, which was nice to see from the turnover-prone PF/C. He didn’t shoot that well (6-for-15 from the field), but he was active on both ends of the floor and came up big in the tightly-contested fourth quarter with six boards, two steals and three points. Nene finished plus-17 in plus/minus in 34 minutes.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
This was bound to be a challenging night for Okafor, since Larry Sanders, the only true post-up threat the Bucks have, was primarily guarded by Nene. Okafor was mostly tasked with guarding Ersan Illyasova, and the results were not good on either end on the floor. On defense, Okafor seemed baffled on how to defend the pick-and-roll, which resulted in wide open shots for Ilyasova. And on offense, all seven of Okafor’s misses came inside of 14 feet, and three of those were inside of the 10-foot mark. But this is who Okafor has proven himself to be. When he’s on top of his game, he’s a double-double machine, and when he’s off, his services are needed in an extremely limited capacity–which explains why he spent the last 14:42 of the game on the bench.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

0.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Ariza
That Trevor Ariza guy had another solid game, especially considering he was almost a scratch with a knee. How is that knee, anyway? “It’s good,” Ariza said. “If I can run, I’m gonna play. If I can stand and walk, I’m gonna play. So that’s all it takes.” OK, then. He finished with 13 points on 11 shots (3-for-7 from deep) to go with three assists and two rebounds.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
Gotta give it up for the little big guy. In just 22 minutes, Booker had season-highs in points (13) and rebounds (12, six offensive), while also earning nine attempts from the free throw line; though he only made five, that was more than any other player made on Wednesday night. Trevor Ariza gave Booker some love after the game: “That’s what the NBA is about—always being ready when your number’s called. He did a great job tonight. He came off the bench and gave us a huge lift, did everything he could tonight.”

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

2 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

[#WittmanFace goes Church Lady — “Well, isn’t that special”]


Wittman and his Wizards pretty much took care of business in the first half (and into the first few minutes of the third quarter). But then the Bucks found their stride. The Wiz shot .533 from the field in the first half, but just .350 in the third quarter. The Bucks continued their assault on the paint, scoring 16 points there, while increasing their .426 first-half shooting percentage to .619 in the third. Monta Ellis scored nine and seemed to separate himself at will from John Wall, Larry Sanders had seven of his own, and Ersan Ilyasova went 5-for-6 for 12 points. All of a sudden, the Bucks were up three points heading into the final period.

Wall and Wittman then had words on the sideline. Wittman called it “coaching” after the game. I’m with him—nothing more to it. The Wizards started the fourth quarter with the ball and took control with a 14-5 run.

Kyle Weidie said Wizards play-by-play guy, Steve Buckhantz, called the game at 106-91 with “the most casual/hesitant dagger ever.”

“That may be safe to call a dagger,” Buckhantz said with a chuckle.

“I’m proud of the guys,” Wittman said after the game. “The effort that they gave tonight for 48 minutes was astounding, considering the tough situation we went through last night. We’ve got some guys beat up, we’ve got some guys playing through some things. That was a really gutsy performance.”

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

From the Other Side:
The Larry Sanders Show

Gilbert Arenas doppelganger Larry Sanders had a solid outing last night with 17 points and 11 rebounds. He gave Nene fits in the first and third quarters when he scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but in the second and fourth quarters, he had just two points and one rebound. His only basket of the fourth quarter was a dunk, which cut the Wizards’ lead to 93-86, but the Wizards then went on a 9-2 run and led 102-88 with 2:53 left in the game. Sanders committed a turnover, got the ball back, and then committed a charging violation by bowling over John Wall. He got up, he complained (although he didn’t complain nearly as much as Monta Ellis had done the entire game), and when the refs didn’t change their call, he gave all three refs the thumbs up sign and was promptly thrown out of the game and forced to watch the Bucks lose from the locker room. Here’s what he had to say after the game:

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Scenes via J.J.

[screen shots and captions via Adam Rubin]

Cartier Martin vs JJ Redick

[Cartier doing everyone in the DC area a favor and elbowing Redick in the second quarter. Martin picked up a questionable offensive foul.]

[Wall face down in pain after Redick undercut him while Wall was fighting for a steal.]

[Wall ignoring Redick as he tries to apologize/explain himself while Wall is waiting to attempt the second of his two free throws.]

[Redick trying to ignore the “JJ sucks” chants at the foul line. The chant was the loudest the fans got all night.]

[Fans celebrating after Redick responds to the “JJ sucks” chant by missing the first free throw. He hit the second, robbing DC fans of the greatest Chick-fil-a win ever.]

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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.