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D.C. Council 82: Wizards 118 at Celtics 102: What Securing Seed 5 in Game 82 Looks Like

Updated: April 17, 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. 82: Wizards at Celtics, featuring John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend) and  Sean Fagan (@McCarrick) from the someplace south of Boston.

Washington Wizards 118 at Boston Celtics 102
[box score]


Chin Up, Big Panda.



Stat of the Game.


Lo and behold the Wizards did rain fire upon the House of Boston,
and the Garden did burn in wonder and delight.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)


Wizards 1st half shot chart vs. Celtics – Apr. 16, 2014



DC Council Key Legislature

Playoff teams, they say, win the games they’re supposed to win.

So, what happens when a (mediocre) playoff team armed with one of the better starting units in the NBA goes up against a 25-win squad without four key contributors? Exactly what you might expect.

The Wizards, then the 6-seed, held a tea party in the middle of TD Garden, home of the lottery-bound Celtics, and scored 38 points in the first quarter. By halftime, the Wizards led 68-56. Lawn chairs were thrown onto the parquet floor—coolin’. John Wall had 13 points and six assists (one turnover). Crumpets, fresh out of the oven, were served. Trevor Booker was cookin’ and led all scorers with 20 points.

But then the understaffed Celtics scored the first eight points of the third quarter (six second-chance points). In just two minutes, the Wizards’ 12 points lead was cut to four, 68-64. Someone must have switched the #WittmanJava coffee grounds for dirt. Again.

The decisive moment in the game came a few minutes and a handful of points later: Kelly Olynyk received the ball in the short corner, pump-faked to get his closing defender off his feet, and made up his mind to attack the tin. Wall calmly slid into the giant’s path, absorbed the blow, and drew a charge. That selfless play meant that Olynyk—who had collected 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, and was leading the C’s comeback—picked up his fifth foul and would be relegated to the sideline for the rest of the quarter. Over the next six and a half minutes, the Wizards would put together a 15-5 run to take a commanding 16-point lead, their largest of the game.

The fourth quarter was a formality.

With about four minutes to play, the Wizards up 114-90, Garrett Temple replaced Bradley Beal, Kevin Seraphin replaced Marcin Gortat, and human victory cigar Otto Porter replaced Trevor Ariza. At that moment, the Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies feed replaced the Wizards game on my TV.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

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DC Council Chair

Trevor Booker.

Initially, the chair was going to be kept warm for John Wall, who came out the gates scorching and displayed a determination to bury the Celtics and claim momentum heading into the playoffs that bordered on the homicidal.

However, Mr. Wall will most likely be featured in this space sometime within the next week, so we will instead turn it over to a player who is unlikely to be discussed by Jeff Van Gundy, Sir Charles, or any other of the talking heads on TNT: Trevor Booker.

To say that Trevor Booker “got up” for this game would probably being doing a disservice to the yeoman’s work he put in throughout the night. In a helter-skelter breakneck contest where “defense” appeared to be optional, Booker outmuscled and hustled the vagabond Celtics frontcourt, and when Brad Stevens had the temerity to go small in the second quarter, Booker took umbrage and proceeded to pummel the Celtics in the interior, with the highlight being an alley-oop dunk from John Wall in the second quarter in which both of Booker’s elbow cleared the rim:


However, as with all things that have to do with Trevor Booker, it was less about the man himself and more about what his efforts enabled the team to NOT do over the course of the evening. Booker’ scorching 9-for-11 performance in the first half allowed Coach Randy Wittman to use Nene sparingly, playing him for a total of 22 minutes. This is just enough time to get the court rust off the Brazilian, but not so much as one has to worry about the Man giving Nene another ouchie. Booker’s success stems from how obscure he remains because he exists to fill in the moments between moments. He isn’t likely to get another Council Chair in the postseason, and his work is unlikely to be celebrated by the national media. However, one can let his first half shot chart stand as a testament to a perennially jerked around tweener who went out and did his job, even if the job’s definition changed from day to day.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)




DC Council Vetoed Participation

I love this ad. I think it’s a combination of the music (“Estralar” by Marcos Valle), the guy’s off-beat dance moves (I’d hazard a guess he has rhythm), and his outfit—the polo and tie, classic! It’s certainly not because of the drink. Let’s watch.


OK, now this is wild. Short summary: French free-diver, Guillaume Néry, who owns a world record, dives into the world’s deepest known blue hole:


Rare footage of a young Kim Jong-un, bouncing to a catchy GROUPLOVE song, might make your day.


Oh, what’s that? I’m out of time? …Filibuster successful.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)


DC Council Top Aide


Big Panda, Bradley Beal.

7 – Beal’s seven rebounds would have tied Boston’s Brandon Bass and Kelly Olynyk for a game-high, had Gortat not grabbed 10.

27 – Beal scored a game-high 27 points. He outscored the Celtics bench by 12 (and very nearly outscored the Wizards bench (28)).

14 – His 14 shot attempts were the fewest this season when scoring 27 or more points. Miraculous. A volume shooter no more.

5 – There were only five games this season in which Beal scored more points than he did on Wednesday night.

– John Wall was the high-point man 41 times this season. Beal, with his 27 points vs. Boston, came in second at 18.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)


DC Council Session

That session was … a validation?

If that tilt had gone the other way, we would be discussing a much different narrative at the moment. Instead, the Wizards did what the Wizards so rarely seem to do when the need arises: take care of an inferior opponent to set up the best possible set of circumstances. Now that it has been achieved there is an innate desire to put a cap on the narrative of the season, to declare it a success and move on to the thrills and tumult of the postseason which last saw the Wizards getting quickly ushered out the door by a LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers team.

But let’s not put a period on the narrative as of yet.

There is a tiny voice inside several Wizards fans which is sitting there and plaintively asking the question: was it worth it? To achieve the goal of reaching the playoffs, was it worth the sacrificing of the future by trading a first round pick for the steady Marcin Gortat? Was it worth Charles Barkley discussing the team on TNT to have a glut of of small forwards, the most productive of which is likely to leave this offseason? Finally, can you really sit back and enjoy the success of a team that had to make a panic trade (#MaynorTime 4eva) and hit a mild reset of the offseason “plan” to backup John Wall?

Wizards brass and those bullish on the team’s future would most likely say that you are prone to cynicism and visiting the site QuibblesForever.com on a daily basis.

Instead, let us put that all aside and agree that the narrative is not yet over. Get Zen with this thing and live in the moment. There will be plenty of time to light the torches, grab your pitchforks, and assail the moat of Castle Grunfeld if the Wizards are swept in four games by the Chicago Bulls. Moreover, there will be plenty of time for those skeptical of this season’s gains to put on their aprons and go bake a large crow pie for consumption. Take a step back and realize that, for better or for worse, it has been six LONG years since the Wizards have made the playoffs. Wizards blogging in 2008 was in its infancy. One has had to endure the rise and fall of Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Jordan Crawford.

Take it in, process it and go with moment. Because who knows what tomorrow might bring?

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)



DC Council Mayor

Hey Randy, don’t hurt ’em. The fact that there is so little to say about Randy Wittman’s coaching performance either demonstrates that the Wizards were THAT HOT from the field on the night, or the fact that Celtics spent the morning combing Boston Commons for warm bodies to suit up. If you need to game plan for Chris Babb, then you probably are not doing something right. Any ire that could be directed at Wittman would be through the white knuckling of the Twitterverse during the third quarter, with the starters still logging minutes and longtime Wizards fans expecting Bradley Beal to implode on the court because … well, Wizards. Instead, everyone got out of Boston alive and in one piece, and the only criticism that Wittman will have to deal with for the next three days is how unequipped he is to coach against Tom Thibodeau. Unfair to Randy, but these are the cards he has been dealt.

—Sean Fagan (@McCarrick)




The Bigs Will Be Big.


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John Converse Townsend
Reporter / Writer / Co-Editor at TAI
John has been part of the editorial team at TAI since 2010. He likes: pocket passes, chase-down blocks, 3-pointers. He dislikes: typos, turnovers, midrange jump shots.