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DC Council Game 81: Wizards 101 at Nets 106: Washington Gets Blatche’d, Again

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Updated: April 16, 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. 81, Washington Wizards at Brooklyn Nets; contributors: Kyle Weidie from tape delay in the District, and Sean Fagan from tape delay in Brooklyn.]

The Bill: Washington Wizards DC Council

Remember me?

Did Emeka Okafor really let
Andray Blatche do this?

[This was probably when Okafor hurt his ankle.]

Washington Wizards 101 at Brooklyn Nets 106 [box score]

MVP: Andray F-ing Blatche. Sure, he looked like pretty much like the same old Blatche in throwing up 21 shots to score 20 points … but he also snagged 12 rebounds. Does he deserve MVP of this game? Nope, mostly because Blatche clearly had end-of-season confidence in a meaningless game against guys he used to face in practice, i.e., Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely. Still, we hand Andray the honor, because well, he’s still getting paid by the Wizards, and that, my friend, is #SoWizards.

Stat of the Game: Twenty team turnovers for Washington led to 22 Brooklyn points; 14 team turnovers for the Nets led to 15 Wizards points. And that’s the No. 1 sign of apathy—it’s not that guys wanted to lose the ball, they just didn’t care about trying not to.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

Key Legislature: Washington Wizards DC Council

Euro Aggression.

The first half between the Wizards and Nets, without several key figures, provided for unexpectedly entertaining basketball. After two quarters, Washington led 56-50 and shot 63.2 percent from the field (to combat 12 turnovers, seven off the bench). The Wizards cut down on giveaways in the second half, but went cold from long distance, going 1-for-5 over the final two quarters compared to Brooklyn’s 5-for-10. The Nets also out-fought the Wizards on the offensive boards in the second half, winning the battle 14-6 with key contributions coming from Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries (four second-half offensive boards each).

Where did it all go wrong with the Wizards? Well, getting outscored 33-24 in the fourth quarter and losing the game by five points will do the trick. What also will do the trick? Having players who cared more. Mirza Teletovic and Tornike Shengelia were the beasts of Brooklyn’s bench, combining for 25 points and 16 rebounds in just under 50 combined minutes. Despite Kevin Seraphin’s solid play—17 points, 8-for-12 FGs and seven rebounds in 26 minutes—Randy Wittman’s team had no answer for the aggression set by Euro Nets.

—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
John Wall is still good, mind you, en route to likely being handed an overly fat max contract extension by the Wizards this summer. But he’s clearly playing out the string and not doing his over-sized part in helping the Wizards win. Yes, his numbers Monday night in Brooklyn look OK—18 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, three steals, and three turnovers. But he attempted 19 shots to get those 18 points, and several of them were simply jacks simply because Wall could—in a “who else gon’ shoot?” Jordan Crawford type of way. He had a stretch in the third when he just lost the ball out of bounds because he was dribbling too high, then he settled for a bad, fading jumper, and then he missed a slam. He later came back and hit a jumper, but in the fourth quarter, when Washington got outscored 33-24, Wall was mostly out of control, finishing 1-for-5 on FGs and 1-for-4 from the FT line in the period.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1.5 out of 3 stars

Garrett Temple
The dog days of April are apparent when you realize that Garrett Temple has taken 11 shots on the evening, two attempts shy of his career-high. To Temple’s credit, he converted on six of those chances but that was on a night where neither team was playing what experts refer to as “professional basketball.” Faulting Temple seems unnecessarily mean since he is trying to stay in the league and garbage games like this are his best opportunity to prove that he is more than a scrappy defender. But one’s ceiling is one’s ceiling, and Temple may have smashed into it over the past few weeks.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

1 out of 3 stars

Cartier Martin
Cartier Martin started the game by hitting his first shot, a 3-pointer. He also started the game by getting yelled at by Randy Wittman, an all-too-familiar scene. But this time, it wasn’t because of Cartier’s defense, it was because he was lost on offense. “What are you doing?!?!” yelled Wittman from his perch on the sidelines. Methinks he’s tired of asking that of Cartier. Martin did shoot well, 4-for-8 FGs and 4-for-7 3Ps en route to 14 points, and he rebounded the hell out the ball (eight boards in 32 minutes), but if that’s enough to change the likely already set minds of team brass remains to be seen.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

2 out of 3 stars

Trevor Booker
One of the few Wizards who showed up to play Monday night, Trevor Booker, gave you exactly what you are have come to expect when he receives large bouts of burn. He chipped in 16 points on an efficient 8-for-12 shooting and bruised his way to 13 rebounds. He even demonstrated the old Booker swag by shushing the Brooklyn crowd after sinking a jump hook. It was nice to see but revealed nothing new about the Wizards tweener. Against bench mobs and playing within himself, Booker can give you exactly what you want out of your 8 or 9 man. The problem is, as the NBA adapts offensively to going super athletic or small at the PF position (see Anthony, Carmelo and Griffin, Blake) it leaves Booker as a man without a country or position. Too slow to guard scoring machines like Anthony, too short to stop Blake Griffin. The tweener status is beginning to stick.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

2 out of 3 stars

Emeka Okafor
Another Wizard with a foot injury, this time an ankle. We all know how this story ends. Expect the Wizards doctor’s to be sawing off Mr. Okafor’s foot tomorrow. For what it’s worth (which isn’t much), Okafor looked destined for a great night before he was struck down by hand of fate; he totaled four points, two rebounds, a steal, and a turnover in just under 10 minutes.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

1 out of 3 stars

Jan Vesely
From Monday night’s Nets game and as we round down to the end of Jan Vesely’s sophomore season, we know two things: Vesely can still dunk, and he can still run the floor. And that’s about it, unless you want to count his “activity.” Jan scored eight points in Brooklyn, his fourth-highest total this season. Four makes came via lobs from A.J. Price and John Wall, and his one miss came via an airballed jumper. Mental games be damned, Vesely’s shooting mechanics don’t even look confident at this point. Otherwise, in his 27-plus minutes off the bench, he bobbled balls (three turnovers) looked lost on defense (three fouls), only grabbed a single rebound, and got abused by Andray Blatche a couple times in the fourth quarter. Vesely even let some guy named Mirza Teletovic make the slowest Euro drive to the basket in the world against him. Nothing could be more clear and uncertain at the same time: Jan Vesely has a long way to go.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

1 out of 3 stars

Chris Singleton
Chris Singleton was there in uniform and appeared to play 20 minutes. Most of those minutes were in the fourth quarter when the Wizards let an otherwise winnable game slip away. He hit a jumper and made a nice drive to the hoop, but otherwise looked out-of-sorts on an NBA court.“Tough pass by Singleton. In fact, a bad one and a turnover,” said Steve Buckhantz once during the broadcast when Singleton botched an out-under pass to Vesely under the hoop, quickly turning the prerequisite sugar-coating of affairs to reality.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

1 out of 3 stars

The Mayor: Washington Wizards DC Council

Motivation?

No matter how injury-ravaged your team is coming into the final furlong as a coach, your job is to motivate the team to play like it’s the first game of the season rather than the penultimate. Twenty turnovers in a game points to a team that is more interested in summer vacation rather than building on something for next season. Because to lose to a team that is resting every one of its starters and to get beaten by one of your least favorite players, that has to taste sour. Epic #WittmanFace aside, this is not how you want to see your season skidding towards a close.

Randy postgame via the Washington Post:

“I don’t care if you’re a first-year player, if you haven’t played. I don’t care if it’s the second-to-the-last game or not. You’ve got to play with a little bit of pride. We don’t play with a purpose. That fourth quarter, we just came out and played 12 minutes to get the 12 minutes over with. We lost all pride in defending, which is really discouraging. That’s what hurts a little bit.”

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)

Adjourned: Washington Wizards DC Council

A Lob to an AirWolf.


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