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D.C. Council 13: Wizards vs Hawks — Washington’s Sloppiness Proves Costly

Updated: November 26, 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. 13: Wizards vs Hawks in the District; Contributor: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis), from the Verizon Center.


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Box Score

Washington Wizards


Kris Humphries, PF

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

Due to Nene’s injury (plantar fasciitis), Humphries earned his first start of the season. Once again, the Minneapolis native was a key contributor. He chased down rebounds, got to the free throw line, knocked down a few jumpers and played solid defense. Humph’s hustle is making him a fan favorite. Coach Wittman messed up by sitting him the entire fourth quarter—against Atlanta, he was the Wiz’s most effective post player.

Paul Pierce, SF

28 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -3

Hours before the game, a Verizon Center staffer told Pierce that he would get 20 points against the Hawks. Paul chuckled and answered, “I don’t know about that.” The Truth’s assessment was correct and his overall game on Tuesday night was subpar. After coming off a stellar performance in Milwaukee, he was probably due for a let down. Pierce played a lot at the 4 position but the Hawks countered with Mike Scott, who abused Pierce on defense in the deciding moments of the fourth quarter.

Marcin Gortat, C

30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -8

The Polish Machine notched another double-double but he was more of a bit performer than a difference maker. With Nene out, the team needed Marcin to step up, but versus Atlanta he came up short. His pick-and-roll defense was spotty and several catchable loose balls fell easily out of his grasp. During a key stretch in fourth quarter, when the Wizards needed some buckets, Marcin missed an easy hook shot in the lane. After a timeout, he came to the bench screaming in anger. Marcin definitely spent early-morning hours on Wednesday morning staring at the white walls of his hotel room in Cleveland.

John Wall, PG

38 MIN | 6-15 FG | 7-7 FT | 5 REB | 13 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 21 PTS | -1

We expect more from John Wall than we do from other players. Most would find plenty to praise in a line of 21 points and 13 assists. But Wall is the All-Star and max player with his own shoe that makes this team go, so he gets extra scrutiny. His performance against the Hawks was uninspiring and dispiriting. John continually allowed Jeff Teague into the lane on defense and most of his seven (7) turnovers were of the sloppy variety. His assist total was padded by a futile, last-minute “comeback” when the contest was already decided. The beauty of this season has been Wall’s keen ability to turn it on at any moment and propel the Wiz to victory. There was no extra gear for him last night and Washington suffered a disappointing home loss as a result.

Garrett Temple, SG

15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -1

With Big Panda back, Garrett Temple’s starting days are nearing an end—and with Temple mired in an awful shooting slump, the fans are getting restless that Beal isn’t getting his minutes. Temple was finally able to connect from long-range against Atlanta, but he played very little in the second half. Garrett still has an useful role on this team, but he’d better start making some shots or his spot in the rotation may be given to Rasual Butler.

Drew Gooden, PF

20 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +5

The Drew Gooden Experience is almost right back where it began last season. Drizzle knocks down open shots and get tip-ins but continues to be a glaring defensive liability. Let’s just hope his continued offensive spark is worth more than his limitations on defense.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

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

After sitting out the Milwaukee game with a tight hamstring, Young Simba never really got into the flow of the offense. He was barely noticed he was on the court.

Rasual Butler, SF

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

Butler saw spot duty and knocked down some 3s at end of game to make the outcome appear closer. He definitely has an argument for having earned more playing time.

Kevin Seraphin, C

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

This is why you can’t get too high on Snakey after a strong game against the Cavs—consistency has always alluded the big man from French Guiana. Seraphin will continue to be a poor rebounder and a bad defender. I keep harping on the same stuff with Kevin but to quote the the wise Mike Miller, “It is what it is.”

Andre Miller, PG

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

Miller had a few nice post moves but the offense wasn’t very productive with Andre at the helm.

Bradley Beal, SG

35 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 13 PTS | -2

Beal is not going to make excuses for his awful outing but let me make some for him. This game was played less than 24 hours after his hometown of St. Louis went up in flames. He just turned 21 years old this summer and admitted to knowing Michael Brown. He has two younger twin brothers who are about Brown’s age. His older brother Brandon, who he lives with, showed his displeasure with the DA’s decision to not indict. There had to be an emotional toll on Beal. Hell, I could barely eat yesterday because I was depressed there would be no trial, even without strong ties to the community. … Beal just kinda went through the motions versus Atlanta. Sometimes people are able to use work to distract from troubles in real life. And sometimes you can’t escape the ramifications of the real, no matter what you do or where you go. Tonight, the latter seemed to be the case for young Bradley.

Five Things.

  1. The first half was an offensive nightmare for Washington. The Wizards shot 36 percent from the field and committed 13 turnovers. They shot 50 percent in the second half but kept being careless with the ball, finishing the game with a season-high 25 turnovers (later reduced to 20 per statistical error). Randy Wittman was blunt in his assessment: “That was as bad as we could play offensively for whatever reason. We were trying to do too much, over dribbling, ball sticking, and predetermining no matter what the defense was going to do. We just get in trouble like that.”
  2. Washington led Atlanta 73-70 with just over nine minutes left in the game. The Hawks then went on a decisive 14-2 run, with Shelvin Mack and Mike Scott scoring all the points. Mack, who was drafted by the Wizards in 2011, and Scott, who attended UVA, were two of the key players with somewhat local D.C. ties. Both combined to score 30 points for the game. Teague recognized their contributions: “They did a great job. They are great, talented players and they bring it every day, in every game, in practice,” he said. “They play hard. When their number is called, they are always ready, and tonight their number was called.”
  3. Paul Pierce passed Jerry West for 17th on the all-time NBA scoring list. The Verizon Center crowd acknowledged his feat with a standing ovation—a neat moment. I asked Hawks forward Paul Millsap about it. “He is a great competitor,” he said. “For him that is a great milestone, something you dream about doing, quite an accomplishment. But at the end of the day, we are glad that we got the win.”
  4. During the game, the Wizards showed a Thanksgiving-themed Jumbotron segment with players. Pierce loves peach cobbler. Gooden hates anything in a can and once ate a whole turkey by himself. Temple dislikes cranberry sauce. Beal, Gooden, Pierce, Porter, and Temple will all be watching football on Thursday. Pierce was most thankful for the fans.
  5. Last February in Atlanta, John Wall abused then Hawks rookie Dennis Schröder with these two moves.

At end of first quarter Wall was again being guarded by Schröder, but this time the young German held his ground and did not fall for Wall’s fakes. I asked Dennis if he remembered that lesson from last season. “Yeah, last year I reacted (pantomimed a crossover). But this year, I tried to stay in front of him. I feel more confident. So, yea, I tried to do my best.”


  • In the Atlanta locker room, Schröder, who has a patch of gold highlights in front of his hair, sported a bronze backpack with shiny rhinestones. He was also wearing leather pants with multiple zippers. I asked him where someone gets pants like those. “Atlanta, man,” he smiled.
  • This game was played while a #DCFerguson protest was taking place right outside the arena for the second straight night in Chinatown. Fans were told to use different exits at the game’s conclusion. Pictures via Twitter: @NBCwashington, @ClinicEscort, @AdamMcGinnis.






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Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.