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D.C. Council 14: Wizards at Cavs — Pre-Turkey Day Coma in Cleveland

Updated: November 27, 2014

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council: evaluating players in a new format to accompany the Key Legislature from the Washington Wizards. Game No. 14: Wizards at Cavaliers in Cleveland; Contributor: Sean Fagan (@McCarrick), from not Ohio.


Washington Wizards


| Box Score


Cleveland Cavaliers

Kris Humphries, PF

23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -20

This is pretty much happens when you are “not Nene” in the Wizards offensive scheme. Humphries was desperately, hopelessly ineffective on the evening and showed all the rebounding prowess of a kitten tied in a sack and thrown into a river. Worse, he missed those patented “Nene jumpers” that are dictated by Wittman’s love of the long two. A lack of offensive potency could be ignored, but Humphries also allowed Kevin Love to have an incredibly efficient 7-for-10 performance from the field.

Paul Pierce, SF

24 MIN | 4-5 FG | 7-10 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -17

Pierce was game for the challenge, suckering LeBron James into ticky-tack fouls and almost willing his team back into a game that was teetering towards a lopsided blowout. But the three missed free throws killed the Wizards (if made, Pierce would have cut Cleveland’s lead to eight in the third quarter) and the Cavaliers were suddenly running amok again and stretched the lead back to 13.

Marcin Gortat, C

25 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -15

Dear Nene –

It is cold and bleak down here in the post. I know not what to do without you by my side. Kris can’t seem to seal off his man, and I’m not sure that DeJuan remembers that he can set picks by putting his body in front of an opponent. I am being reduced to Jan Vesely tip-outs. My mohawk is drooping. All is lost.


John Wall, PG

33 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 6 PTS | -16

These are the games that critics like to point to when the moth balled argument that “John Wall isn’t a franchise point guard” gets dragged out at a cocktail party or by your drunk uncle at your holiday gathering. However, on this one rare occasion, your uncle may have a point. Coming out firing, Wall looked like he was about to have another impressive performance against the Cavaliers and then it just … stopped. Wall stopped shooting, turned the ball over a bunch of times, and only seemed engaged after Tristan Thompson gave him a little extra nudge. I’m not sure if Wall throttled back his offensive game in an effort to get his teammates more involved, or if he simply wasn’t feeling it, but only six field goal attempts isn’t going to cut it if you want to win the argument with your uncle.

Bradley Beal, SG

28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -19

It may be unfair to judge Beal so harshly considering that the Cavs were doubling him on almost every possession, but it was also up to Beal to make the pass quickly out of the double-team and hope to make Cleveland pay. Instead Beal missed/hit an even number of hard shots, but the ball also appears to be sticking more often than not when in Big Panda’s hands.

Drew Gooden, PF

7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

Phil Chenier pointed out after Gooden’s long trey attempt that Gooden had been practicing that shot “repeatedly before the game.” If Drew Gooden long-range bombs are a designed part of the playbook … then that playbook needs to be tossed into the oven with the turkey.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -13

Where did Otto go? I swear he was on the court just a minute ago. When I get my hands on him I’m going to give him SUCH an earful about his disappearing act. I mean, heaven forbid he should attempt to shoot through his rut! Tender hamstring be damned.

Rasual Butler, SF

28 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -2

Jordan Crawford has obviously learned how to soul walk, because Rasual Butler has been doing a pretty fair impression of Mr. Crawford’s “microwave off the bench” stylings. He isn’t going to give you the ball back but on a night where the Wizards could literally muster no offense … well, who else gon’ shoot?

Kevin Seraphin, C

23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -11

Sometimes you are the snake and sometimes the snake eats you. If young Mr. Porter needs to learn that sometimes it is OK to keep shooting if you are open, Mr. Seraphin needs to learn that sometimes discretion is the better part of valor. Or at least don’t blindly hack at everything that comes into the lane.

DeJuan Blair, C

14 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -11


Andre Miller, PG

15 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -10

The professor held class in the low post, but it was mostly remedial homework for the Cavaliers bench. Miller was tidy (0 turnovers) and generous (6 assists) with the ball and one wonders if he should’ve gotten more burn with Wall pulling a Houdini on offense.

Randy Wittman


I’m sure that these were the Cavaliers that Wittman was expecting in the first tilt, so it is unclear what changed so much between the first meeting last Saturday and Wednesday’s self-immolation. Every “identity point” the Wizards seemed to establish in the last game (good defense, ball protection) was torn apart by the Cavaliers through sloppy execution and a halfhearted defensive effort in the first half. What is obvious is that Wittman’s “deny interior scoring and let them to kill you from long range” strategy is equal parts madness and genius. On nights that it works, it gets credit for forcing the opponent to take bad shots. Against a team full of scorers like the Cavs, it felt more like purposely poking the bear.

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sean has contributed to TAI since the the dawn of Jan Vesely and has been on the Wizards beat since 2008. His work has been featured on ESPN, Yahoo and SI.com. He still believes that Mike Miller never got a fair shot.