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D.C. Council Preseason Game 7: Wizards Shoot Blanks in B-More

Updated: October 22, 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. 7: Wizards vs Pelicans in Baltimore, MD; contributors: John Converse Townsend and Kyle Weidie from their respective D.C.-based couches.

Washington Wizards 84 vs New Orleans Pelicans 88
[box score]

DC Council Session

That Session Was … A Lost Cause.

For the most part.

The Wizards started fast, with Marcin Gortat tossing in a right-handed hook (the oldest bit of code in his operating system). Then, sandwiched between four points from Nene was a Garrett Temple floater, which gave the Wiz an 8-4 lead. It didn’t last long. Better put: The lead disappeared faster than yellow tops on one of David Simon’s street corners.

The Pelicans, led by 10 points from Anthony Davis, went on a 24-6 run to end the quarter. The Wizards, who got owned in the paint and on the glass, wouldn’t get closer than four points for the rest of the evening. Over the TV feed, Head Coach Randy Wittman could be heard yelling, “Play like you mean it. They’re playing hard.”

The dynamic broadcast duo of Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier kept busy by analyzing “recovery” runs from the closer-to-home team and coming up with reasons why “Randy Wittman has to be pleased at the way his team has shown fight and grit,” despite the Wizards failing to make a serious dent in the double-digit deficit till the final few minutes of the fourth quarter.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

DC Council Chair

Marcin Gortat

26 mins | minus-17 | 8 pts | 4-10 FGs | 0-0 FTs | 9 rebs | 2 PFs | 2 TOs

Marcin Gortat did a bit of everything in the opening minutes, including scoring the game’s opening basket and warning Otto Porter about a pin-down screen. The Wizards foolishly went away from the Polish Machine as their primary offensive weapon, but he was a steady contributor in his three quarters of action — he clocked out with eight points and, at the time, had grabbed as many rebounds as the four other starters combined.

“It was an awful game,” he said after the final buzzer. “It would’ve been better if we stayed in bed.”

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

DC Council Vetoed Participation

Xavier Silas

10 mins | minus-7 | 0 pts | 0-3 FGs | 0-2 3Ps | 2-2 FTs | 0 reb | 0 ast | 0 stl | 0 TOs

Xavier Silas. The guy is trying to follow in his father’s footsteps and make a living in the pro basketball business — it’s a nice story — but he was a non-factor in Baltimore. Vetoed.

—John Converse Townsend (@JohnCTownsend)

DC Council Top Aide

Garrett Temple

42 mins | plus-9 | 13 pts | 4-9 FGs | 0-3 3Ps | 5-6 FTs | 3 rebs | 5 asts | 1 stl | 1 blk | 2 TOs

It was some of the smoothest Garrett Temple — fresher than a Mississippi pimp on the court at last. He’s shooting 33.3 percent from 3 over the preseason. OK, so he’s only made three of them. But it’s back to suitable levels after going barely over 20 percent from distance last season. That’s really all you need. Otherwise, Temple has always had his limits. What made Monday stick out was his confident ball-handing. Check the floater below. Of course, now that the John Lucas experiment has begun, whether he sticks or not, it’s now clear that Wittman prefers a third point guard and that is not necessarily Garrett Bartholomew Temple, mostly a 2.

—Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It)

DC Council Players


20 mins | minus-12 | 8 pts | 3-5 FGs | 2-2 FTs | 3 reb | 1 asts | 2 stls | 2 TOs

A serious Nene is a dangerous Nene. But have you met preseason Nene? More than capable in spurts, he’s been somewhere between himself and a man who wears his gold watch to early bird specials. Over four games and 73 minutes, Nene has shot 48 percent from the field and 92 percent on free throws, for now quieting any critics wondering, with his history of poor free throw shooting, why he spends gobs of time in the summer not even touching a basketball. They’re just free throws. (It’s just practice — and yes, he did play for Brazil at the FIBA World Cup.)

Health and constancy are key for Nene. Better body language on blown defensive assignments and better containment of quicker 4s (like Anthony Davis) would be nice. Someone needs to properly massage his ego and ensure Nene that the Wizards are at their best when they can successfully run offense through him. Let’s also not forget that #NeneJams potentially packs some hard-hitting notes.

—Kyle Weidie


Otto Porter

35 mins | minus-10 | 12 pts | 4-10 FGs | 4-8 FTs | 3 reb | 3 ast | 2 stl | 1 TO

Omer Asik, Tyreke Evans and Ryan Anderson looked like Shenzi, Banzai and Ed — the star hyenas in Disney’s “The Lion King” — in the way they toyed with the second-year swingman in the halfcourt and in transition. “What am I gonna do?” he probably asked himself.

Yung Simba refused to get run over. He clawed back, picked his moments, and missed half of his eight free throws … also, he sank a few tough midrange jumpers. A fine, if forgettable, outing. —John Converse Townsend


Kevin Seraphin

24 mins | plus-10 | 14 pts | 7-15 FGs | 0-2 FTs | 5 rebs | 1 blk ast | 2 TOs

In the first half, Seraphin was forcing all sorts of shots, from classic hooks to mazy, off-balance heaves. Moves that work like magic against empty chairs, or Maccabi Haifa, were resulting in ugly bricks and travels against the Pelicans’ front line. He was 0-for-4 in the first half and 2-for-7 after three quarters.

But then SeraBOT rebooted, got low, and went 5-for-8 in the fourth quarter. He finished with 14 points, tying Anthony Davis for the game high. —John Converse Townsend


Andre Miller

24 mins | minus-10 | 2 pts | 3-4 FGs | 2-3 FTs | 2 rebs | 3 TOs

With hair tussled, the Professor has taught more preseason lessons that he would’ve liked. Where have you been, John Lucas? Over seven contests, Andre Miller has seen 133 minutes (19 per game). He played 412 total minutes (14.7 per game) in 28 games with the Wizards last season.

He played over 24 minutes in Baltimore, but never got more than 22 minutes in a game with Washington in 2013-14. Miller is still on top of his talent and will pay dividends this season (also, Jan Vesely is playing in Turkey). Miller’s passing at times has been offensive glue, especially for pups Seraphin and Porter. But his limitations are ones the Wizards want to contrast — an inability to be a 3-point threat and a sometimes too deliberate pace. The next day, at practice, the Prof. had the cornrows tight —Kyle Weidie


Damion James

17 mins | plus-18 | 4 pts | 2-4 FGs | 4 rebs | 2 stl | 1 TOs

This happened:




Temple creates for Gortat.

Gortat Charge.

Seraphin vs. Rivers.


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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.