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D.C. Council 12: Wizards at Bucks — Ship Steadied, Comeback Sealed

Updated: November 23, 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. 12: Wizards at Bucks in Milwaukee’s Bradley Center; Contributor: Kyle Weidie (@Truth_About_It), from a sports Saturday night back in the District.



Washington Wizards



Box Score

Milwaukee Bucks


Paul Pierce, SF

28 MIN | 8-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +14

Every Penny Pierce wasn’t going to let having the light cut off on him right as he was trying to get into Larry Sanders’ checkout line get him down. Nor was Pierce going to worry too much about the times he happened to lose a baseline backcut on defense. Nope, he just hits shots. He must eat right, he must, even if you can best imagine him dipping his hand into a plastic barrel of round cheese poofs, wiping the remnants on an oversized shooting shirt, and then hitting 30 3-pointers in a row during pre-game warmups. The ball on his night found its way to Pierce via nicely executed offense, which was in a three-legged race with Paul’s stop-and-go spurts and winding pump fakes. He scored 14 points on six shots in the second half—two game-sealing shots late came courtesy of John Wall.

Marcin Gortat, C

35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +11

Still a little more miss than hit on offense, Gortat needs to look at a certain degree and time circle of white walls after missing a chance to hammer off a Paul Pierce screen-and-roll action early in the game. He went tit-for-tat with Larry Sanders, and once got rejected, dejected at the iron—only justice since he dunked hard twice last meeting. But unlike others, Gortat is still earning his keep by staying near the rim, working the boards, and cleaning up the garbage. Of his six offensive rebounds, he scored on three of them, Pierce scored on one, and Beal scored on another (on which Gortat assisted). After wondering about Wall and Gortat trying to enact pick-and-roll action a bit more, later they tried and seemed off their read. Long season and time to sort that out.

John Wall, PG

37 MIN | 6-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +12

Wall had a rough time on defense (although this block was nice), chasing the Wildcat Brandon Knight and being too small for Giannis Antetokounmpo. a time or two. His first-half struggles led to the Wizards falling behind, two turnovers in each of the first two quarters and none in the second half. Some of Wall’s passes were just careless, even if he was trying to compensate with strong drives to the hoop—he was 3-for-5 in the restricted area. When Wittman speaks of guys not getting down after mistakes, Wall is a large target. (LeBron didn’t set the greatest example on Friday.) Out of the half Wall processed to shoot a paltry but thirsty 2-for-7 in the third, including an airball and a bad floater. To Wall’s credit, and why the Wizards were able to come back, he adjusted for his team with seven assists, four steals, and zero turnovers in the second half. Also, Wall is fast, fast, fast.

Nene Hilario, PF

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

Nene turned the ball over early (Seraphin-esque against a double) and missed hooks on the interior, hating the contact all the way. He went rumbling and tumbling over, you could hear his body smack the floor over television. He once hit a jumper before his plantars jumped him. The right one the left one or either or of them, this time the right. #Pray4Nene.

Garrett Temple, SG

18 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +6

The utility infielder didn’t let any ground balls get past him—Knight hit a line-drive or two just out of reach. You know Temple would primarily focus on intense defense after a poor game against Cleveland, and that’s where he made his mark. But Temple still can’t get any breaks, finishing at the rim, striking from the 3-point line, from anywhere. He’s 0-for-last-4-games (11 FGAs), and 2-for-last-26. Temple also just has four turnovers over the last seven games of his cold streak. Applaud the hustle, live with the limits until an ability to improve the catch-all guard/scorer off the bench comes along.

Kris Humphries, PF

20 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -3

He’s not the best decision maker but the midrange jumper has been as good as hoped and his active in variously needed ways for big man off the bench—he does often know when to cut or fill space. Humphries and Seraphin would make a reat buddy cop movie on Segways. Kris cleaned up after Kevin’s messes and tipped in misses from the Big Panda and made a spastic shot or two otherwise. He did his job and may need to do it more (and better) if Nene’s plantars keep him out for several games.

Drew Gooden, PF

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

Next in Randy Wittman’s dedicated pecking order is Gooden, who started the second half for Nene, immediately hit a long two hanging around as the stretch 4 near top of the key, just waiting for Wall’s pass. Gooden committed a foul on the other end, held the ball on offense other times. Always active on the offensive boards, somehow that’s related to the wife walking in the door late in the game, hearing sounds of broken breaks and lost face-ups from the subject, says, “Hi, I’m Drew Gooden. I look like your swollen dad.”

Rasual Butler, SF

28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +5

Fouling Giannis and an unfortunate turnover are forgivable. No one is decrying this veteran found by Ernie Grunfeld & Co., while on worse teams the old just looked elderly. The Wizards need a guy who can make 3s, still defend, and cut smartly. They don’t grow on trees. Butler is a free agent find that helps secure depth when Martell Webster comes back soon, at which point Butler could keep warm on the inactive list. Or whatever is done about Temple if not much keeps up—another story. Let’s not take away from Rasual needs-a-nickname Butler who “canned” a late 3-pointer to “add insult to injury” according the one Steve Buckhantz.

Kevin Seraphin, C

13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | 0

Snakey’s offense was cut open but he hustled on the glass and had his moments defensively, enough “staying with it” as you would hope after he got all tuckered out against the Cavaliers. Instead of settling for the open jumper when court spacing is in his favor, it would be nice to see him get closer to the basket, sometimes. Then again, Seraphin’s dribbling needs a bib. He’s strong like DeMarcus Cousins but can’t handle the rock. The #KSLife short-changed its offensive sparkle with missed baby hooks and blown dunks, but unlike most instances before, it was easier to look past with his play otherwise.

Andre Miller, PG

11 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -1

The Professor sometimes tries to over-teach with dribbles but he makes plays and continues to be the heady backup. Even with mistakes that need Metamucil, he’s still a plus over any alternative, especially with his expiring salary. He chilled with the lecture after committing an early turnover and helped keep Washington afloat and the starters rested early in the fourth.

Bradley Beal, SG

34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | +7

Beal spelled Temple midway through the first quarter and cleansed with his first jumper late off reliable screening action. Beal didn’t hit a 3, but a midrange game like a souped-up Rip Hamilton should be to no one’s chagrin. Let the midrange Panda eat. Also, Beal smoothed out six assists like fresh meat to Andre Miller’s fine wine on the baseline (how Miller is so crafty literally right under the rim is another story, perhaps for literary purposes).

Five Things.

  1. Brandon Knight scored 27 points and 18 shots and is just a tough player to guard. He was popping midrange shots and 3s but was not unimpeded. He was 7-for-11 on contested field goals and 4-for-9 on uncontested field goals, per NBA.com player tracking data. You take that and you take the win (just as the Wizards would have with Monta Ellis’ big night had they pulled it out versus Dallas).
  2. Randy Wittman turned to small ball lineup the most out of his 10 five-man units played on the night. Wall, Beal, Butler, Pierce, and Gortat played 12 minutes to the tune of plus-9. Looking at three-man units, Wall, Beal, and Butler were plus-6 in 17 minutes; Wall, Beal, and Pierce were plus-10 in 14 minutes. Even Wall, Temple, and Beal saw four minutes of action (+2).
  3. The Wizards, allowing Milwaukee to create offense from defense, were outscored 16-3 in fastbreak points over the first half; the Wizards also gagged up 12 turnovers to the turn of 14 points. D.C. fared slightly better in the second half, winning 13-7 in fastbreak points and turning the ball over just five times for nine points.
  4. Nene missed the second half with “right plantar fascia” according to the team, a wear-and-tear (literally) physical issue he’s dealt with before and something that will likely need rest. Otto Porter missed the game with left hamstring tightness, something he evidently tweaked versus Cleveland and a lingering area of tenderness for Porter over his NBA time to date.
  5. Randy Wittman got his 100th win as Wizards coach. His 50th came against the Timberwolves in Washington (Nov. 19, 2013). His first came against the Charlotte Bobcats in Washington (Jan. 25, 2012—the first game after taking over for the fired Flip Saunders).


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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 currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.