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D.C. Council Game 12: Wizards 88 at Raptors 96: Bench Robbed

Updated: November 23, 2013

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council: setting the scene, recapping key points, providing the analysis, evaluating players, and catching anything that you may have missed from the Washington Wizards. Game No. 12: Wizards at Raptors; contributors: Kyle Weidie, Sean Fagan and Adam McGinnis watching the television broadcast.

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Washington Wizards 88 at Toronto Raptors 96
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DC Council Key Legislature

The moment you see above in which Nene could not finish a dunk and instead catapulted the ball off the rim and into the night defined the game. A make would have kept Washington within one point, 87-86, with just under three minutes left. The gaffe was an accumulation of a tough fourth quarter for Nene. It was his fourth field goal miss in the period to go with two turnovers (and a previous rejection at the rim by Rudy Gay).

Gay would go on to score the final nine points for the Raptors while the Wizards, aside from a lucky Wall 3-pointer, missed a bunch of jump shots. Game, Canada.

—Kyle Weidie  (@Truth_About_It)


DC Council Chair

John Wall has been receiving much heat lately for his poor shooting and slip in scoring. Much of this criticism is unfair since Wall has been exceptional in creating so many open looks for teammates. But with how this team is structured, John must score more for them to win. (What a second unit, Ernie!). The “Game Changer” earned his nickname against the Raptors by going straight beast mode in the third quarter with eighteen points on 8-for-11 shooting and scoring 30 points in second half. He created transition opportunities with excellent defense and finished these chances, often in highlight fashion. When Wall’s jumper is this wet, he is nearly unguardable. Unfortunately, he got little help from his teammates and the Wiz couldn’t pull out the victory.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)


DC Council Vetoed Participation

Deep analysis isn’t needed when one is trying to ascertain what ails the Wizards at the moment. Their reserve situation, which looked drastic in the preseason, is now perhaps the worst squad in the league having been decimated by injuries, lack of player development, and a general failure to grasp any sort of offensive or defensive scheme. The two vital cogs are injured (Ariza, Harrington), the No. 3 pick in the draft is still in street clothes with his MRI results still hidden from the public, and the only semi-consistent play in Jan Vesely went down last night with a back injury. The situation becomes even more dire when you remember that the Wizards are at the maximum roster limit, so there will be no imported diamonds in the rough from the D-League coming in to save the day. The Wizards must ride the situation out until the cavalry comes back off the shelf and pray in the meantime that the heavy minutes load doesn’t break down any of their starters.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick) 


DC Council Top Aide

The top aide certainly can’t be anyone from the bench. They all stunk up the joint to varying degrees. And past John Wall, the game’s MVP, no other starter really came to Washington’s aid. One could say that an x-factor for Washington is the fact that all three Wall, Beal and Nene are healthy. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be enough. If you’re looking for x-factors otherwise, look no further than Toronto’s Amir Johnson (a game-high plus-22), and Terrence Ross, who nicely helped control the pace and flow of the game for the Raptors off the bench.

—Kyle Weidie  (@Truth_About_It)


DC Council Session

That Session Was … Frustrating.

It was five minutes and seventeen seconds before the Wizards scored a basket in second quarter and it took five points by Martell Webster in final minute for the team to reach double figures.

The final second quarter stats are brutal: 11 points, 4-for-21 field goals (19%), four turnovers, and two assists. Careless turnovers, air balls, missed lay ups, and poor ball movement were littered throughout the period.

For the Wizards to dig out of the season-early hole and build some momentum, these winnable road games must be grabbed. They are not a good enough squad to overcome such miserable 12-minute stretches.

—Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis)


DC Council Mayor

Randy Wittman has run out of baling wire, duct tape and clothes pins so he is pretty much trying to patch together a lineup with bubblegum and the tarry residue of F Street. Criticism can be lobbed at Wittman for not getting his other players the ball and allowing them to stand around while John Wall did his “Mr. Incredible” impression, but at this point he basically lacks any other creative methods to win the game other than “hope Beal and Wall get hot and that’s enough.” A coach without a mandate for the playoffs would be using this time to give young players like Glen Rice Jr., a little more PT, or letting Trevor Booker play through his mistakes. However, Wittman is trapped in a “ride or die” situation, so no player development will be taking place as long as he is coaching for both his job and that of his GM’s.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick) 


DC Council Players

John Wall

4 out of 5 stars

40 mins | plus-7 | 37 pts | 15-21 FGs | 2-2 3Ps | 5-7 FTs | 6 rebs | 2 asts | 3 stls | 4 TOs

Wall dazzled in the open court via the steals department, that’s for sure. And at some point in the third quarter, he realized that he wasn’t getting much help and took over–you see the Vines above and below. All of that and Wall could’ve done more. As the team leader, there are simply too many times when he doesn’t keep his team calm, when he doesn’t make sure his teammates are focused enough to execute. Hopefully he will continue to learn. —K. Weidie

Bradley Beal

2 out of 5 stars

43 mins | minus-6 | 17 pts | 7-21 FGs | 2-9 3Ps | 1-1 FTs | 4 rebs | 2 asts | 1 TO | 4 PFs

Statistically the best “Pip” on the night, Beal wasn’t the dominant player that he was in the Wizards’ previous two wins. This can partly be blamed on the fact that the Wizard’s offense consisted of “give John Wall the ball” and another part was a lack of assertion on Beal’s part. The greater transgression was on the defensive end where Beal has to learn that if it isn’t his night to shine on offense, then that extra effort needs to expended on the defensive front. DeMar DeRozan is an inferior athlete compared to Beal, but crafty enough to take advantage of any lapse of effort. —S. Fagan

Martell Webster

2.5 out of 5 stars

42 mins | plus-3 | 9 pts | 3-8 FGs | 1-4 3Ps | 2-3 FTs | 4 rebs | 5 asts | 2 stls

Although nothing stands out from Webster’s performance, he had a decent game. His defense, which has been shaky at times this season, is improving, and he made Rudy Gay work for his points. The Wizards need Trevor Ariza to return soon so Martell doesn’t have to log forty minutes per game anymore. —A. McGinnis


2 out of 5 stars

37 mins  | plus-2 | 10 pts | 5-14 FGs | 10 rebs | 4 asts | 2 blks | 4 TOs

The #Pray4Nene went unanswered as Nene appeared “active” according to the stat sheet but was actually hindering the overall effort, particularly on offense. Nene is putting too much pressure on himself to pick up the scoring load knowing that his replacements off the bench are incapable of contributing one quarter of his ability. As such, the usual Nene “shots within the flow of the offense” are turning more into forced jumpers and exercises in hero ball. —S. Fagan

Marcin Gortat

1.5 out of 5 stars

32 mins | plus-6 | 6 pts | 3-10 FGs | 8 rebs | 2 asts | 1 blk | 1 TO

You gotta finish. You really gotta finish. Gortat started by missing the game’s first bucket, a bunny. He missed several more in kind, made a couple in his battle against Jonas Valanciunas, but the Lithuanian clearly won the night in the paint with 11 points (5-14 FGs) and 13 rebounds. Gortat was the most ineffective in the fourth quarter when he put up a box score full of zeros in four minutes and 19 seconds of play. Gortat also ripped a towel in half. So there’s that. —K. Weidie

Jan Vesely

0.5 out of 5 stars

11 mins | minus-13 | 0 pts | 0-3 FGs | 4 rebs | 1 TO

Jan is finally contributing with nice hustle plays and tip-outs. He is never going to be an outstanding scorer. But he can’t be suck a sinkhole on offense by being afraid of the ball and fumbling away easy passes like he did versus the Raptors in his brief burn. The NBA is hard enough without these self-inflicted mistakes. The Wizards poor second unit needs more help. —A. McGinnis

Kevin Seraphin

0.5 out of 5 stars

7 mins | minus-3 | 4 pts | 1-3 FGs | 2-2 FTs | 1 reb | 4 PFs

Seraphin came off the bench with a little bit of fire in him post Marcin Gortat towel-rip. He tried in earnest to get an offensive rebound, even make an extra pass, but then he brought that house of cards crashing down when he attempted a Patrick Ewing-like jaunt and hook shot across the lane only to be blocked by the man who was checking him, Rudy Gay. —K. Weidie

Eric Maynor/Garrett Temple

xx out of 5 stars

Maynor: 8 mins | minus-15 | 3 pts | 1-2 FGs | 1-1 3Ps | 1 ast | 2 TO
Temple: 17 mins | minus-15 | 2 pts | 1-3 FGs | 0-1 3Ps | 1 reb | 1 ast | 1 stl | 1 TO




At least this is fun to watch…

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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.