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D.C. Council 59: Wizards 122 at 76ers 103: Bubba Chuck’s Night Stolen by Hookah Arms Ariza

Updated: March 3, 2014

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. 59: Wizards at 76ers, featuring Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It) and Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis) from the District.

Washington Wizards 122 at Philadelphia 76ers 103
[box score]


Ariza, Bruh… Top 40

(get out the way, Eric Maynor)


Stat of the Game.


Trevor Ariza’s blistering outing deserves showcasing. In the first quarter, he went 9-for-10 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from 3-point range. Ariza’s red-hot shot chart shows why Wall and Gortat both playfully waved towels at him when he checked out of the game in the fourth quarter.

 —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)


DC Council Key Legislature

It was just a wire-to-wire rout. Sure, Philadelphia got within four points in the second quarter and as close as eight points in the third. Each time, largely due to Marcin Gortat and the likes of Wall, Booker, and Webster, the Wizards were able to hunker down and play confident, steady basketball. These players have been through a lot (especially Wall and Booker) with this particular franchise. The “bad by design” losing has now made them value much-needed possessions.

When the 76ers, having been down as many as 15 late in the first quarter, cut the score to 37-41 with 8:41 left in the second, Randy Wittman called a timeout. The next play seemed all so simple. The ball was inbounded to Bradley Beal on the left wing, guarded by Eric Maynor no less. Beal was doubled, Webster faded behind the 3-point line on the opposite wing behind a meaty Trevor Booker screen, and Beal found his open teammate. Webster knocked down the 3.

And when Philly first cut Washington’s lead to single digits at just eight with 7:21 left in the third, Booker released the hang-time reverse layup seen below. And when Washington’s lead got to single digits again around three minutes layup, the Wizards countered with a quick 6-0 run via a Gortat layup (assist by Booker), and Wall layup, and two Booker free throws. The Sixers never again got closer than 11 points.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)



DC Council Chair

Trevor Ariza. Ariza went a record-setting 10-for-14 from the 3-point line in a tough loss to the Rockets in Houston right before the All-Star break. In the four games prior, three of them losses for the Wizards, Ariza went just 5-for-20 from long distance.

Immediately after the break, Ariza seemed to lose this rhythm, going 2-for-8 from the field and 0-for-2 from distance in an All-Star hookah hangover loss to the Raptors in Washington. But in the six games since, all Washington wins, Ariza has gone a scorching 23-for-37 (62.2%) from the land of 3s. All but three of those makes have been assisted, and John Wall has accounted for 13 of those assists.

Out of the 136 total 3s Ariza has made on the season, only six have been unassisted, and by my rough count, Wall has been responsible for 74 of those shots via direct assists. Ariza is now the 10th player in franchise history to make more than 135 3-pointers in a season.

Ariza stole the show of Allen Iverson’s jersey retirement by scoring a career-high 40 points and going 8-for-12 from the 3-point line; eight of his 23 total field goal attempts came at the rim where he made five.

What’s gotten into Trevor Ariza, as no one in the NBA has gotten close to this 62.2 percent heat since Feb. 19 (Jordan Farmar is 19-for-32, 59.4%; and Kyle Korver is 20-for-34, 58.8%)? Seems like a lot of John Wall has gotten into Trevor Ariza … and well, credit the guy making the shots much more. Ariza is finding the right spots and seams in the defense, he is catching passes clearly and with focus, and he is letting it fly in rhythm.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)



DC Council Vetoed Participation

Al Harrington. Bradley Beal calls Harrington “Uncle Al,” and the vet showed his old age on Saturday night. He committed three turnovers and had three fouls in only seven minutes of game action (but he did make a nice driving layup). Harrington had an off performance but will still be important down the season-ending stretch. Drew Gooden also made his Wizards debut and provided some warm-bodied relief in the form of six rebounds and four fouls in eight minutes (all spent playing center).

 —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)


DC Council Top Aide

John Wall. With NBA greats Allen Iverson, Dr. J, and Gary Payton on hand, John Wall put on a show by abusing Philadelphia’s rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams. Wall repeatedly drove at will, collapsing the 76ers defense and then kicking it out to open teammates who had the decency to knock down the shots. Wall tied his career-high in assists with 16 and had a staggering plus/minus of plus-30. Part of Wall’s impressive maturation process has been his ability to figure out how change speeds, and his sick hesitation dribble is becoming unstoppable. Plenty ahead for the team to accomplish, but it hasn’t been appreciated enough that Wall is compiling one of the most impressive seasons in franchise history. His 515 total assists currently leads the NBA and Wall is on pace to crack 700 assists for just the third time in franchise history (Rod Strickland ranks first with 801 assists, 1997-98, and then Kevin Porter with 734 assists in 1980-81 and Strickland again with 727 assists in 1996-97).

 —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)



DC Council Session

That Session Was… an offensive clinic.

Any potential for a hangover after the grueling, triple-overtime victory in Toronto on Thursday was quickly nullified by a 41-point first quarter. The chance of Philadelphia feeding off the energy surrounding Allen Iverson’s night evaporated when Washington raced out to score 74 points in the first half. The Wizards pounded the poor 76ers defense and controlled the entire game; the outcome was never in doubt. Comcast’s T.V. analyst Phil Chenier’s game theme of “Take No Prisoners” really came to fruition.

Wall dished out eight assists in the opening quarter, often finding Ariza for open 3 balls (in fact, four of Wall’s assists led to Ariza 3s in the first period). And Gortat continues to be a double-double machine/important rim protector. Washington’s offense was sharp—six players in double figures—and shared the basketball effectively with 33 assists. The Wizards increased their season-high winning streak to six games and are now three games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2007-08 season.

  —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)


DC Council Mayor

It seems sort of scary, in theory, that Marcin Gortat is the only real center on Washington’s roster, fully healthy or not. OK, so Kevin Seraphin is the backup center (but not a defender), and Nene, we would guess, is the backup’s backup (as reluctant as he is to play center; surely he’s OK with it when the matchup is favorable).

But with both Nene and Seraphin currently out with knee injuries, what’s a Randy Wittman to do? Small ball … that’s put together by masking tape and aging ligaments.

When Gortat has needed rest during the last three games without Nene, Wittman has most often turned to Al Harrington at center—you know, the guy who just turned 34, who just came back from a knee injury, and who’s never really played center in his life.

Harrington has played 12 minutes alongside the five-man unit of Andre Miller, Bradley Beal, Martell Webster, and Chris Singlton—that crew has been minus-4 during their court time.

It’s a total ‘make-do’ situation (gee, thanks, Ernie), and the Wizards are trying their best (meanwhile… uh oh, the Grizzlies are in town on Monday). And while Gortat has been strong when on the court since the All-Star break, Trevor Booker should also get some credit. Over the past three games, the Wizards have allowed opponents to score 103 points per 100 possessions. In the 80 minutes that Booker’s been on the court, that DefRtg is 99.0; in the 79 minutes Booker’s been on the bench, the DefRtg jumps to 107.3. Quite the difference; the Old Ball Coach will take it.

 —Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

[stats via NBA.com/stats and Basketball-Reference.com]


End Vines.



Cook Book’s Kitchen.


Wall dunks, Gortat gets hype.


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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.