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DC Council Game 6: Wizards at Raptors — Wizards Fossilized by Lively Raptors

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Updated: November 8, 2014

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Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council: setting the scene, providing the analysis, evaluating players,and catching anything that you may have missed from the Washington Wizards. Game No. 6: Wizards at Toronto, contributors: Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen) and Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis).

Toronto Raptors 103 vs Washington Wizards 84

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DC Council Session

That Session Was … A Glimpse Into The Endless Void

The look-ahead game: team X looks past team Y to team Z, because X has a game against Z coming up. X plays poorly against Y because X is thinking about Z. Solve for the variables: X is the Wizards, Y is the Raptors, and Z is the Pacers. Wait, what?

Despite my attempt to write the worst game lede possible, there are few explanations for how badly Washington played against Toronto. Maybe it was the Raptors’ ‘Purple Out’ promotion with matching throw-back jerseys. Those jawns are fresh, and the aesthetics may have caused the Wizards players to enter a fugue state. Maybe it’s because, at times, the offense appeared to be going through the motions. Let’s just go with the look-ahead thing, as the Big Three of Roy Hibbert, Donald Sloan, and Chris Copeland cannot be taken lightly.

The Wizards were four point underdogs against the Raptors. They lost by 19, sniffing a 15 point deficit at various points during the second half. Otto Porter and Kris Humphries were co-MVPs of the game, with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Wall, Pierce, and Nene combined to go 8-for-35 from the floor for a total of 23 points. Washington’s first made 3-pointer came more than halfway through the third quarter. Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry finished the game with a triple-double.

With Washington down 18 with five minutes left, the CSN telecast panned to John Wall laughing on the bench. Forget the general ennui of the regular season, let’s dissect this image as much as possible, as no hot take should be left behind. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go poop in my own shoes now.

—Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

 

DC Council Chair

Otto Porter

3.5 out of 5 stars

25 mins | minus-1 | 13 points | 6-9 FGs | 1-1 3Ps | 2-2 FTs | 5 rebs | 0 ast | 0 stls | 1 blk | 2 TOs

Porter wins by default, but no player deserves this honor from that Canadian crapfest. Porter shot well from the field and his smooth jumper off a curl cut is almost perfection. Lou Williams took Young Simba to school on a couple of moves. Porter’s confidence is growing every game, and those “bust” labels may gradually become obsolete.

—Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)


DC Council Vetoed Participation

 

John Wall

1.5 out of 5 stars

30 mins | minus-19 | 8 points | 3-13 FGs | 0-3 3Ps | 2-2 FTs | 3 rebs | 7 ast | 0 stls | 0 blk | 2 TOs

The entire starting five could be called out. Nene and Pierce looked very old. Temple came back to earth  and was torched repeatedly by DeRozan. Gortat better stare at more walls because he got pushed around. The entire offense was a mess and constant team defensive breakdowns led to several arguments amongst players. It was a bad look. But the team’s franchise player gets credit when they win and has to bear brunt of criticism when they perform as poorly as they did north of the border on Friday night. Wall missed his first seven shots, got burnt on defense by gambling, and only two trips to the free throw is unacceptable. In the battle of top flight point guards, Kyle Lowry took this matchup easily. Coach Randy Wittman was so upset at his team’s showing that he took it out on the media. 

—Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

DC Council Top Aide

Andre Miller

2.5 out of 5 stars

18 mins | even | 10 points | 4-4 FGs | 0-0 3Ps | 2-4 FTs | 3 rebs |2 ast | 2 stls |0 blk | 0 TOs

The Professor has started the season slowly, but it is way too early to declare time of death. Against Toronto, Miller provided a spark for a putrid offense.

—Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

DC Council Players

Nene

1 out of 5 stars

18 mins | minus-13 | 7 pts | 2-11 FGs |  3-8 FTs | 2 rebs | 1 asts | 3 PFs | 4 TOs

A forgettable outing by the big Brazilian, who still can’t make free throws and was a turnover machine. Lord Nene’s jumpers look flat and his frustration is highly visible. —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

Marcin Gortat

2.5 out of 5 stars

28 mins | minus-17 | 8 points | 3-7 FGs | 0-0 3Ps | 2-2 FTs | 10 rebs | 1 stls | 2 blk | 1 TO

We can all see the chemistry that Wall and Gortat have in the screen-and-roll game. That is Washington’s bread and butter offensive set. The problem is, every other team in the league knows this, and Toronto executed a defensive scheme to that end. Raptors defenders were one step closer to the paint, daring the Wizards to shoot from distance. The cost-benefit analysis of that decision worked out for Toronto, and consequently mucked up many of Gortat’s chances to get easy baskets inside. Still, Marcin had the closest thing to an ‘efficient’ game out of all the starters. —Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

Paul Pierce

1 out of 5 stars

23 mins | minus-18 | 8 points | 3-11 FGs | 1-4 3Ps | 1-1 FTs | 8 rebs | 1 ast | 1 blk | 1 TO

During a timeout late in the second quarter, Paul Pierce was seen exhorting his team to (presumably) stop shooting less than 30%. Unfortunately, his pleas fell on deaf ears, and he wasn’t *exactly* leading by example. In the vein of small sample size theater, Pierce is shooting 6-26 from the field in the past two contests. And, like the Pacers game, he showed a complete inability to stay in front of his opponent, letting Terrence Ross roast him repeatedly on poor closeouts. And that’s fine. Pierce is 37, and has a very tangible offensive pedigree compared to the oh-god-what-is-he-doiiiiYES repertoire of Trevor Ariza. But the lack of a wing stopper is a very real problem for this team. —Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

Garrett Temple

0. 5 out of 5 stars

29 mins | minus-21 | 3 points | 0-6 FGs | 0-5 3Ps | 3-4 FTs | 2 rebs | 3 ast | 2 stls | 1 blk |

Garrett Temple is a career 32.9% three point shooter. He came into Toronto shooting 14-27 from distance — something had to give. In Game 6 of the young regular season, the regression came swiftly. Temple missed all five of his three point attempts, some of which were wide open. To Temple’s credit, he had a few nice defensive plays, like pinning a DeMar DeRozan layup attempt to the glass early in the first quarter.—Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

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Drew Gooden III

2 out of 5 stars

11 mins | minus-4 | 5 pts | 2-3 FGs |  0-0 3Ps | 6 rebs | 0 blk |0  PFs | 1 TO

Gooden III was active in his limited minutes with tips, but his defense was lacking. Temple and Gortat lit into him when he failed to help out on a drive. —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

Kevin Seraphin

1 out of 5 stars

18 mins | minus-5 | 4 pts | 2-4 FGs |  0-0 FTs | 4 rebs | 2 ast | 3 PFs | 0 TO

The best NBA snap chatter of all-time won’t be saving any screen shots from this contest. I don’t recommend watching Kevin attempt to play defense. The effort is there on D, buthe is always a step slow, over commits on screens, and provides little resistance at the rim. Not one, but TWO assists for the Serabot black hole. I am reaching for positive pixels to describe this whooping. —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

Kris Humphries

2 out of 5 stars

15 mins | plus-1 | 11 pts | 3-7 FGs | 5-7 FTs| 5 rebs | 1 ast | 2 PFs | 1 TO

Humphries finally showed some life and it was his best outing as a Wizard. I still miss Trevor Booker, though. —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

Rasual Butler

0.5 out of 5 stars

15 mins | even | 5 pts | 1-5 FGs | 2-2 FTs |1-4 3Ps | 1 rebs | 1 ast | 2 PFs | 0 TO

Rasual Butler earning fifteen minutes of playing time is about all you need to know about this awful game. —Adam McGinnis (@adammcginnis)

Glen Rice, Jr.

1 out of 5 stars

4 mins | plus-2 | 0 points | 0-2 FGs | 0-1 3Ps | 1 ast

Like the rest of the bench unit, Rice got some burn late in the first quarter and into the second quarter. Washington posted him up on Lou Williams twice, leading to a Williams foul and a putback basket by Drew Gooden. He also had a near air ball on a three point attempt late in the shot clock. He gets a star because of his gaudy plus-minus. —Arish Narayen (@arish_narayen)

Positive Pixels

Mr. Truth About It, Kyle Weidie, got married on Friday night to an amazing person, Kai Jones. Of course, the wedding had a hash tag #KaiWedsKyle and there was a vine of the newlyweds.

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 Congrats Wiz Kids!  

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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.