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D.C. Council 15: Wizards vs Pelicans — Washington’s Inside Game Grounds NOLA

Updated: November 30, 2014

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 15: Wizards vs Pelicans in the District of Columbia;
Contributor: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis), from under his hoodie in the Verizon Center.


New Orleans Pelicans



Box Score

Washington Wizards


Kris Humphries, PF

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

Humphries continues to make positive contributions on the floor with bruising defense and energetic hustle. He prevented a huge slam by Anthony Davis with a hard foul and even pick-pocketed Davis for his own fastbreak dunk. Hump still needs to improve his shooting percentage on mid-range shots (35.9% this season vs. 45.3% last season, per NBA.com), but he did tally a season-high in rebounds.

Paul Pierce, SF

28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +3

Pierce was signed in the offseason for his veteran leadership, defensive prowess, closing ability, and versatility. All of those characteristics were on display on Saturday night at the Phone Booth. Pierce struggled for most of the game, which was largely due to his indecisiveness on offense. But he never hung his head and the savvy vet made one of the biggest shots of the game: a 3-pointer to put the Wizards up four with a few minutes left. He then immediately blocked a Ryan Anderson’s 3-point attempt on a tremendous defensive close-out. Randy Wittman decided to use Pierce at the 4 down the stretch and it paid dividends.

Marcin Gortat, C

41 MIN | 12-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +6

With Nene out for the third straight game, it was imperative that Gortat pick up his output against New Orleans. The Polish big man delivered an offensive clinic. He scored on fade-aways and was deadly on hook shots. Davis had no answer for his moves. Gortat’s defensive prowess was just as impressive. His positional counterpart, Omer Asik, only scored one point. Gortat was constantly protecting the rim and scooping up key boards. Marcin deserves much credit for Washington gaining their 10th victory of the young season.

John Wall, PG

34 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +6

After a dispirited outing in Cleveland, one was hoping to see John Wall immediately assert himself against Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans on Saturday. Instead, he slept walked through the first half. Wall was passive and his only bucket over the first two quarters came on a breakaway lay-in off a steal. His defense, however, was solid. Wall finally showed some spark in second half and his highlight spin by Luke Babbitt might be one of the few memorable moments to take from the slop fest between the Wizards and Pelicans.

Bradley Beal, SG

35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +4

The key factor in Beal’s maturation last season was the effective pick-and-roll he ran with both Gortat and Nene (not to mention getting out in transition so Wall could find him for spot-up 3-pointers). Against the Pelicans, Beal continually made the wrong reads on screens and rarely beat his man down the court. Big Panda is still showing rust from missing almost two months of action with a broken wrist. The most encouraging sign was Beal coming up big during crunch time with a key tip-in. He also made it hard for Tyreke Evans to shoot a possible game-tying shot at the buzzer.

Drew Gooden, PF

17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +2

It was not a pleasant evening for Drizzle. He was constantly abused by Davis and could not provide any offensive spark with several misfires. Drew has earned the trust of Wittman, but if the coach is ever going to give DeJuan Blair a legitimate chance at meaningful playing time, Gooden’s minutes could be a good place to start.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

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

Porter showed glimpses on defense by blocking Asik, yet he seems to have lost confidence on offense.

Rasual Butler, SF

23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -1

Rasual does not want his season to be remembered by him getting posterized by a rookie on opening night, so he is trying his best by knocking down a ton of shots (35-for-61 on the season). Butler is shooting 54.8 percent from 3-point range, which is good for fourth in the entire NBA. He drained another 3-ball against New Orleans and even had a dunk of his own. Butler has been a surprise addition so far this season.

Kevin Seraphin, C

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

Kevin barely played but he still brings it on social media.

Andre Miller, PG

14 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -3

The Professor put on a brief lesson with nifty shots and dropping pretty dimes. He also showed that he can still get up the court to help produce a quick bucket.

The Vines.


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