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DC Council Game 69: Wizards 92 at Warriors 101: John Wall's Tough Guy Routine Falls Flat

Updated: March 25, 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. 69, Washington Wizards at Golden State Warriors; contributors: Rashad Mobley, Adam Rubin and Kyle Weidie via television broadcast.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

“Go to the basket?”

[John Wall kindly requests that Klay Thompson make his way toward the basket.]

Washington Wizards 88 at Golden State Warriors 97
[box score]

MVP: Um, Stephen Curry anyone? He was dribbling defenders on skates and firing shots like it was a video game. Before he injured his ankle via an intentional Cartier Martin foul, Curry dropped 35 points (13-for-18 FGs, 6-for-10 3Ps), eight assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

Stat of the Game: The Wizards managed to attempt 14 more shots than the Warriors (86 to 72), but made two less. So, 40.7 percent shooting compared to 51.4 percent is your main difference. Golden State made three more 3-pointers on three more attempts, and they also made two more free throws on four more attempts. If the Wizards defense made things a little more difficult for the Warriors, the game might have been closer.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

The Wizards lose their cool.

At the 8:18 mark of the third quarter, John Wall calmly hit a 16-foot jumper to bring the Wizards within 10 points, 65-55–the closest they had been to Golden State since the 5:31 mark of the second quarter. The Wizards were in the midst of 15-5 run, and it seemed as if they were on the verge of mounting their second road comeback in as many nights. Even when Stephen Curry found Andrew Bogut for an alley-oop on the very next possession, it still felt as if the basketball gods were behind the Wizards in the third, and that a comeback was possible. Then the cool started to seep out.

First, Wall drove hard to the basket, David Lee reached across his body to tie the ball up, and the referees called a jump ball–much to the dismay of both Wall and Coach Wittman. The Wizards won the jump ball, but Garrett Temple threw it to Harrison Barnes who scored on a breakaway dunk on the other end. Then Martell Webster forgot that he was a shooter, not a playmaker, and he left his feet to make a pass (a nice pass I might add) and was called for a charging foul. As the Wizards ran back down the floor, Steve Buckhantz provided a bit of foreshadowing and said, “They’ve lost a little bit of composure here.” Thirty seconds later, Wall hit the floor hard after a physical foul by Klay Thompson, and 15 seconds after that, Wall was ejected from the game after he received his second technical foul for his emphatic invitation to Thompson to drive the lane. The Wizards’ bench was scrappy enough to stay in the game, but they lost their momentum and their cool in that third quarter.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Council Members: Washington Wizards DC Council

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

John Wall
Was John Wall going to bring the Wizards on another comeback journey? We’ll never know, because he got tossed after receiving his second technical foul midway through the third quarter. I have no inherent problem with Wall going all ‘tough guy’ on Klay Thompson, telling him “Go to the basket and I’ll knock your ass out,” before telling Thompson to ‘Go to the basket’ over and over again. The two players were assessed a double-technical foul for their antics — standard NBA referee fare. The issue is that Wall already had a tech under his belt and failed to realize that he needed to tone it down, a bunch. Wall acknowledged this after the game and apologized, especially to his teammates. So, no need to make a big deal of it. Lesson learned.Otherwise, with the Wizards down 18 points at halftime, Wall got off to a strong start in the third quarter, scoring six points to go with one rebound and one assist (zero turnovers)–and a plus-6 plus/minus–before getting ejected. In the first half, Wall seemed to be able to overcome frustrations with his play, but obviously he needs more work. He finished with 14 points, three assists, three rebounds, and a turnover in 24 minutes. On to the next one…

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Garrett Temple
A whole lot happened in this game, but very little involved Garrett Temple. Which is kind of surprising seeing that he played virtually every minute–43 to be exact. He was the closest defender to Stephen Curry on several of his 13 made field goals, so there’s that. For the most part, Temple took on the personality of his surrounding teammates.  When he was running with the starters, he gave up easy baskets to Curry and Thompson and turned it over too much (team-leading five turnovers). When he was running with the bench, he created some transition opportunities (team-leading six assists) and helped cut the deficit to single digits. But in the end, if your primary assignment scores 35 points in 32 minutes on 13-for-18 shooting (6-10 3FGs, 3-4 FTs), it will not be a very good night.

—Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace)

1 out of 3 stars

Martell Webster
For the first time since February 11th in Milwaukee, Martell Webster did not hit a 3-point basket. There were three corner 3-pointers there for the taking, but he simply did not have the touch (Friday night he let Ariza borrow it, and on Saturday night Cartier Martin seemed to have it). Webster’s first basket of the game came via the free throw line, and he scored his first field goal in the post by exploiting the shorter Jarrett Jack. When the Wizards went on their 15-5 run at the start of the third quarter, Webster and his ability to hustle on both ends of the floor was one of the main catalysts. In a minute span early in the period, Webster scored on a dunk (thanks to a beautiful pass from Nene), he rebounded a David Lee miss, stole the ball from Steph Curry, grabbed an offensive rebound, and assisted on a Garrett Temple jumper.  Unfortunately, Webster also helped deflate the very momentum he started by committing an offensive foul, and once Wall was ejected, he ceased to be effective.  He finished with 10 points on 11 shots.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

1.5 out of 3 stars

The Warriors big man trio of David Lee, Andrew Bogut, and Festus Ezeli figured to be a good matchup for Nene. He’s bigger than Lee, quicker than Bogut and more skilled than Ezeli. Nene was able to draw fouls against the trio but he never seemed comfortable on offense, and on defense he allowed Lee and Bogut to get behind him for easy baskets. One night after grabbing just five rebounds against the Lakers, Nene had just four rebounds against the Warriors front line–Ezeli had four in just 15 minutes. Nene and the rest of this teammates, seemed to come alive in the third quarter when he had three of his four assists and scored on two strong moves in the post. But as Kyle Weidie said after the Wizards win against the Lakers, “It couldn’t be all on John Wall, the Wizards desperately needed the scoring of Nene.” Friday night Nene was up to the challenge, on Saturday he fell short.

—Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

1 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Okafor lost one star before the game even began for giving Trevor Ariza the flu. Ariza barely got to celebrate his seven 3-pointers in Friday’s comeback win against the Lakers. Not cool, Emeka. While Ariza was back at the hotel presumably throwing up, Okafor and his fellow starters were being run off the court. Okafor seemed healthy but he was a step slow all night. David Lee beat him to rebounds, and Andrew Bogut was a lot more active around the rim. A forgettable line (23 minutes, seven points, 3-for-7 FGs, five rebounds, one steal, zero blocks) in a forgettable game.

—Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace)

1 out of 3 stars

Cartier Martin
We have a Cartier Martin sighting. Martin was the lone bright spot against the Warriors. He single-handedly turned an 18-point fourth quarter blowout into a more palatable single-digit loss. OK, so it wasn’t that great of a comeback. But for anyone who stayed up until 12:45am to watch the whole game, Cartier’s 14-point fourth quarter outburst was the most exciting thing all night–well, except for Wall’s meltdown, of course. And it wasn’t just a meaningless hot streak in garbage time. Cartier also hit 3-point buzzer beaters to end the first and second quarters–a truly Arenas-ian display. Cartier finished with a career-high 23 points (8-for-13 FGs, 6-for-9 3FGs, 1-for-2 FTs) with three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. This was Cartier’s best game by far since returning from injury, and his 3-point shooting would be a welcome addition to the rotation.

—Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace)

3 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Not too many good things to say about Chris Singleton’s play in the most minutes he’s received (21) since a March 1 loss against the New York Knicks–in fact, Singleton has seen 20 or more minutes in just 16 of the 46 games he’s played in on the season. Sure, Singleton pulled down three offensive rebounds (six total) in his 21 minutes. He also picked up fouls (4) at his normally high rate, as well as dropping two assists, one steal and two turnovers. The worst: Singleton went 1-for-10 from the field, making both of his attempted free throws, to total four points. During the game I tweeted: “Chris Singleton’s offensive swagger is sometimes between Fabricio Oberto & Oleksiy Pecherov levels.” — Perhaps I was being too generous. Singleton still has time to develop, I think, this being his second season, but if his offense is going to be that much of a negative while his defense isn’t that tenacious, nor much to write home about, it’s just not worth Singleton being on the court.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

0 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

The Hangover.

[“Basketball Gods? Where art thou, oh Basketball Gawds?”

It’s hard to blame Wittman for this loss. This was a classic letdown game. The starters, fresh off their stunning comeback win over the Lakers the night before, didn’t have the energy (or interest) in running with the Warriors. Golden State built an early double-digit lead and Wittman quickly turned to his bench. The gamble paid off. Grunfeld’s merry band of first-round picks cut the lead to eight in the second quarter. Wittman re-inserted the starters and Golden State promptly went on a 15-2 run to blow the game open. The same pattern continued in the second half–except Wittman didn’t even bother to insert the starters in the fourth quarter when the subs cut the lead to eight with 6:41 to play. It was the right call. With Wall long-since ejected, the starters showed no ability to close out the game. Speaking of Wall’s ejection … Wittman’s only misstep of the night was failing to create a Globetrotters-esque distraction on the sideline when it was clear to everyone that Wall was about to go Ron Artest on Klay Thompson. Start jumping up and down, throw a bucket of confetti on Gary Zielenski, de-pants Sam Cassell … do something. Perhaps that is too much to ask of a coach. But it was clear that the Wall-Thompson confrontation was going to end badly, and a quick ejection probably was not the worst outcome for Wall.

—Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

Screen Shots.

via Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace)

[“This does not appeal to my Brazilian sensibilities.”]


[“Not now, mother.”]

[#WittmanFace for the road.]

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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.