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D.C. Council Preseason Game 4: Seraphin Game-Winner Just Another Day in #KSLife

Updated: October 15, 2014

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council: setting the scene, providing the analysis, evaluating players, and catching anything that you may have missed from the Washington Wizards. Preseason Game No. 4: Wizards vs Pistons in D.C.; contributor: Kyle Weidie from his home in the District.

Washington Wizards 91 vs Detroit Pistons 89 [box score]

DC Council Session

That Session Was … a Preseason Grinder.

The Wizards opted for constancy at the top, whether by choice or not—Wall, Beal, Nene, Gortat, Rice, Porter, Miller, Temple, in essence. (Kevin Seraphin is a flier.)

Last year’s team was already a work-in-progress and the cards fell their way come the playoffs. Now there are several new players and Randy Wittman’s offense, as led by John Wall, continues to be very much under construction.

The Wizards are shooting 42.2 percent as a team in the preseason, which is at least better than opponents (39.8%). Washington is also averaging just 0.2 more assists (19.0) than turnovers per game (18.8). Last year Washington averaged 23.3 assists per game and 14.7 turnovers per game.

Detroit staters Caron Butler, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond received a lion’s share of the fourth quarter minutes on Sunday with D.J. Augustin playing the entire period off the bench with others making cameo appearance. The Wizards opted to play “starter” Glen Rice just 2:24 minutes in the fourth and were otherwise supplanted by DeJuan Blair, Xavier Silas, Otto Porter, Andre Miller, and Kevin Seraphin. As opposed to what the starters didn’t do in the fourth (or in the entire game), let’s take time to shed praise on those reserves. The Wizards lost the final period 19-21, but the contributions of Otto Porter and Kevin Seraphin (seven and eight points in the quarter respectively) fueled by the passing smarts of Andre Miller (four fourth quarter assists) pulled the Wizards through for the win.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

DC Council Chair

Kevin Seraphin

22 mins | plus-9 | 14 pts | 6-10 FGs | 2-2 FTs | 8 rebs | 4 PFs | 2 TOs | 1 blk

Dare we peg Kevin Seraphin as MVP of Wizards preseason Game 4? We dare. The fact is that we aren’t sure how many bones we’ll end up throwing #KSlife this season, so a preseason effort in which he dueled Detroit’s Greg Monroe to a virtual draw is as ripe of a time as ever. Plus, he hit the game-winner (courtesy of Andre Miller). Watching this contest over television, I could not testify to Seraphin’s improved physique as Steve Buckhantz, Phil Chenier, and others have, but his body certainly does look in better shape. Conditioning and mental focus? To be very determined. We’ve long known Seraphin for his soft touch on offense and willingness to pull the trigger in the blink of a Vine (or less), but can he parlay that confidence (perhaps too much confidence, sometimes) into recognizing double-teams and ferocity on the boards? The rational have their doubts.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

DC Council Vetoed Participation


15 mins | plus-2 | 7 pts | 2-5 FGs | 3-4 FTs | 1 reb | 1 ast | 3 PFs | 2 TOs

Brazil’s own didn’t look terrible or do anything too egregious in limited action on Sunday against Detroit. But, he didn’t look great, either, getting beat in transition, getting small’d at the rim, and not being an imposing, communicative defensive force. Not entirely unexpected since this is “preseason Nene,” after all—no tea leaves need to be read. It’s really about the long run with Nene, and more importantly, if he can be motivated into not getting one rebound by happen-chance in 15 minutes of play, which is why his game participation has been vetoed via this paragraph.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

DC Council Top Aide

Otto Porter

24 mins | plus-4 | 13 pts | 3-5 FGs | 1-2 3Ps | 6-10 FTs | 6 rebs | 0 asts | 2 TO

Looking more and more like a basketball player by the day, which is quite ideal after being taken third overall in 2013 only to provide apologists with plenty of fodder for dubbing his rookie year with a “pass.” Porter’s first attempt against Detroit—a corner 3 from the right side—came up short via awkward footwork. ‘Get those feet set, Young P.’ He’ll learn. As the game continued, Otto scrapped for loose balls, used his gangly body to keep possessions alive, was the beneficiary of Andre Miller’s Old Man Point Guard Skills Clinic, and even hit a smooth, fading midrange jumper impossible for a defender to block. Missing four out of 10 free throws, however? Not cool.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

DC Council Players

John Wall

22 mins | minus-5 | 15 pts | 5-13 FGs | 0-1 3Ps | 5-6 FTs | 2 rebs | 3 asts | 3 TOs

Looked unlike an All-Star, again. His jump shot thus far in the preseason has looked off—he’s shooting 32.5 percent from the field over four preseason games. His command of the offense has looked off—he’s averaging 3.5 assists to 3.8 turnovers in 24.2 preseason minutes per game. He’s made poor choices with the ball—the maneuvering in transition as seen in the Vine below, in plain English, sucks (or happens sans comment if he makes the shot, but still…). Maybe Wall is just collecting more doubters. Not sure many are paying attention in the preseason, but more of the same could bring alarmed concern during the regular season.  —Kyle Weidie


Marcin Gortat

28 mins | minus-4 | 11 pts | 4-8 FGs | 3-5 FTs | 11 rebs | 2 blks | 3 TOs

With a double-double in 28 minutes, Gortat was certainly more machine-like than hammer-time. He struggled some against Detroit’s frontline but some of that could be due to the need to refine his defensive relationship with whatever teammate is playing the 4. Or with guards—there were a couple times where Gortat seemed perturbed after being left along on Defensive Island due to John Wall gambling for a steal. The development of pick-and-roll rapport between Wall and Gortat also leaves a lot to be desired thus far, but that’s what the preseason is for. I suspect, however, that the duo did not get together too much during the offseason to work on this part of their game and were instead consumed by media appearances and a hectic travel schedule. —Kyle Weidie


Paul Pierce

24 mins | minus-2 | 9 pts | 3-5 FGs | 3-4 FTs | 7 rebs | 3 asts | 2 stls | 3 PFs | 4 TOs

Pierce appeared on the court, played some basketball, didn’t get hurt, didn’t jab anyone in the head, didn’t start a war of words, and turned 37-years-old a day later. Success! I would not necessarily be concerned with his shooting 35.3 percent during the preseason or occasional over-dribbling of the ball as he tries to navigate a new offense and new teammates–at this point. Rather, you should be happy that P-squared is pulling down 5.2 preseason rebounds per game (fourth-best on the team) over an 18.8 minute average. —Kyle Weidie


DeJuan Blair

31 mins | minus-5 | 7 pts | 3-6 FGs | 1-4 FTs | 4 rebs | 5 PFs | 2 asts

As lovely as DeJuan Blair promises to be this season for the Wizards—passing, rebounding, and instant, floating offense–there will also be plenty of ‘DeJuanny’ moments of poor defense, non-jumping, and flat-out shot rejections. It is what it is. The main thing is that he starts making his free throws (1-for-7 in four games) and that he stops fouling (averages 5.5 PFs per game over 27.8 minutes). —Kyle Weidie


Xavier Silas

26 mins | plus-17 | 10 pts | 2-9 FGs | 1-5 3Ps | 5-5 FTs | 3 rebs | 1 ast | 1 stl

Silas was surprisingly one of the first two off the bench on Sunday; he and DeJuan Blair checked in for Glen Rice and Nene. He also could have very well been nominated for the Council Chair or Top Aide—Silas led the team with a plus/minus of plus-17, and showed more of an ability to hit shots and handle the ball (more than Garrett Temple, at least). Silas, however, cooled off during the second half of the game, but it was his aggressively measured defense which might keep him top of Wittman’s mind while Bradley Beal is out. Meaning: he just might make the team instead of some has-been veteran 2 guard that Ernie Grunfeld might be searching for. (The unsigned Ray Allen, however, might suffice … if at all feasible.) —Kyle Weidie


Andre Miller

26 mins | minus-6 | 2 pts | 0-1 FGs | 0-1 3Ps | 3-4 FTs | 4 rebs | 11 asts | 2 stls | 3 TOs

Similarly to Silas, one could have also made the case for Andre Miller to be the Council Chair or Top Aide on Sunday. They likely would have won their case, but instead we’ll just blame the system and continue calling Miller “The Professor”—a long achieved and continually well-earned moniker. Miller is the No. 1 slept-on asset for the Washington Wizards this season. His ability to run offense out of the post and to dupe much younger players with change of pace and misdirection continues to amaze. Check out some of his action from the game (via Vines) from the Key Legislature post. Eleven assists to just one shot attempt (a miss) opens the eyes of teammates and builds respect. —Kyle Weidie


John Wall did make some good plays.


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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 lives in D.C. with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.