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Key Legislature: Wizards 91 vs Pistons 89, Preseason Game 4 — The Professor Gets Clinical

Updated: October 13, 2014

Truth About’s Key Legislature: a quick run-down and the game’s defining moment for Washington Wizards preseason contest No. 4 versus the Detroit Pistons in D.C., via Rashad Mobley in attendance at the Verizon Center.

[Prof. Andre Miller tells it like it was -- screen shot via Monumental Sports]

[Prof. Andre Miller tells it like it was — screen shot via Monumental Sports]


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by Rashad Mobley.

It is safe to say that Andre Miller and Kevin Seraphin did not come up in too many Wizards-Pistons pre-game posts or conversations. Most of the talk centered around Bradley Beal’s broken wrist (non-shooting hand), and how Xavier Silas, Glen Rice, and Otto Potter would be given opportunities to distinguish themselves as a temporary solution. In fact, even the late-breaking news regarding the Jones fracture in the foot of Kevin Durant was more of a topic of discussion among Wizards and Pistons media than how Miller or Seraphin would fare in Washington’s fourth preseason game. Perhaps Coach Randy Wittman was on to something before the game when he said Beal being hurt was not about one person stepping up, but about the team stepping up as a whole.


The Wizards’ started slow and trailed 10-2 at the 9:33 mark of the first quarter. John Wall then picked up the pace and his teammates followed suit, and Washington trailed 22-21 at the end of the quarter. The star of the second quarter was the aforementioned Silas—seven points and endless hustle—but Miller and Seraphin began making their mark on the second unit and on the game overall. Seraphin hit two hook shots and scored six points, while Miller went scoreless but dished out four assists (six in the first half). The Wizards led 51-47 at intermission.

The starters, led by Wall (six points and two assists) and Marcin Gortat (nine points and five rebounds), did the heavy lifting for the Wizards in the third quarter, but the Pistons’ starters, led by Greg Monroe (seven points and three rebounds) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (six points), were up to the challenge. Both teams scored 21 points in the quarter, which meant this preseason game would be decided in the final period.

Typically, the fourth quarter of a preseason game is filled with players who are trying to make the roster (Xavier Silas), players who didn’t play a lot last season (Otto Porter), or players who still trying to learn a new system (Carter Martin and D.J. Augustin for the Pistons and Dejuan Blair for the Wizards). Since Stan Van Gundy is currently clueless about his starting five for the 2014-15 season (Josh Smith came off the bench on Monday), and he was using this game to help his decision-making process, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe played big minutes in the fourth quarter.

Luckily for the Wizards, so did Seraphin and Miller.

With apologies to Otto Porter, who had seven points and four rebounds in the fourth and seemed to be involved in every play, the final period spotlight shone on Drummond and Seraphin. They both scored eight points, they both seemed unstoppable in the paint, and when the score was tied at 84 with 1:49 left in the game, they were the go-to players for their respective teams. Seraphin, set up by the pinpoint passing of Miller, hit two tough hooks over Drummond. Drummond returned the favor by hitting a jumper, a free throw, and an improbable hook which gave the Pistons an 89-88 lead with 16 seconds left in the game.

After a Randy Wittman timeout, Miller decided to get professorial. He easily drove past Wizards-killer D.J. Augustin, got deep into the lane, and hit a cutting Seraphin in stride with a difficult pass for a two-handed emphatic dunk. Let’s watch:


The Wizards took the lead for good at 90-89, and Blair added what would be a meaningless free throw for a 91-89 final. The 39-year-old guy who really has no reason to be playing preseason basketball, and the guy who returned to Washington by the hairs on his qualifying offer, bailed out the Wizards. After the game, Miller said it was just preseason and preseason games aren’t important, and Seraphin characterized his game-clinching dunk as just a “basketball play,” but the significance of the moment was not lost on Coach Wittman:

“It’s a process. I thought as the year went on our guys did get better and better. It’s just a matter of trust and belief in one another. ‘Dre [Andre Miller] made a great individual move and five guys moved and he found him (Kevin Seraphin).”

The Bullets.

  • The battle to fill-in for Bradley Beal was won by Xavier Silas on Sunday afternoon. He scored 10 points (five from the free throw line), he seemed to be comfortable in his role with the second unit, and he filled the passing lanes on fast breaks. Still, both John Wall and Randy Wittman mentioned that Silas needed to improve on the defensive end of the floor, and when I asked him about he agreed:

“I could have done a lot better on the defensive end, that’s for sure. And a few shots felt good but didn’t go in. But the defense is something I can work on.”

  • As good of a summer league as Glen Rice had, the few lowlights involved bad body language when shots didn’t fall or calls did not go his way. That grumpy monkey jumped on his back again versus Detroit. Rice’s early shots did not fall, he was called for an offensive foul, and as things continued to not go his way, his body language was demonstrably negative. Coach Wittman said he thought Rice got “frustrated.” Paul Pierce cut him some slack by stressing how difficult it is to go from the bench to a starting job.
  • Nene started his first game of the preseason and played 15 minutes and scored seven points. Andre Drummond blocked one of his shots, and he seemed two steps slow on the defensive end of the floor.
  • New Wizard Paul Pierce and former Wizard Caron Butler guarded each other the majority of the first quarter. Glen Rice and Xavier Silas both had difficulty guarding another former Wizard, Cartier Martin. Brian Cook, yet another former Wizard in a Pistons uniform, was a DNP-CD.

The Vines.

featuring Professor Miller and #KSLife…



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Rashad Mobley
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Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop,, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.