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Key Legislature: Wizards 98 at Knicks 83 — Hand Down, Pants Down

Updated: November 5, 2014


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Truth About’s Key Legislature: a quick run-down and the game’s defining moment for the Washington Wizards’ third straight win of the season, a 98-83 thumping of the New York Knicks, from Brooklyn’s finest, Sean Fagan (@McCarrick).

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by Sean Fagan.

In TAI’s season preview, this question was posed: “Which quarter of the game will be last season’s third quarter?” This was in reference to the Wizards’ inevitable ability to melt down on both the offensive and defensive ends and allow their opponent to open up a gap that the Wizards would furiously attempt to surmount in the fourth quarter, only to fall short on more than one occasion. The malaise was attributed to the shallowness of the bench, the inability to lock down on defense and put away an opponent, and the general callowness of youth. Playing the suddenly relevant New York Knicks (spoilers of LeBron’s return, last knights of the triangle) and trailing at the half, the third quarter once again appeared to be a mine field yawning in front.

And lo, the third quarter did arrive and the Wizards did not fall apart at the seams and fall prey to the Knickerbockers of New York. Verily, they did pester and harass the Knicks and Carmelo Anthony into a series of poor shots while conducting their own 15-0 third-quarter run. The run started with a 17-foot jump shot from Paul Pierce with 6:00 left in the quarter. From there it was off to the races, with the Wizards feeding every option, including a Temple 3-pointer, Wall to the rim with a finger roll, Otto Porter with a 19-footer, all while the Knicks could not hold on to the ball to save their lives. Amar’e committed a traveling violation, Carmelo Anthony palmed the ball, and J.R. Smith had his pocket picked by John Wall.

In what became a cavalcade of unforced Knicks errors, Randy Wittman decided that he either had balls made of brass steel or felt exceedingly #blessed, because it was at that point that Kevin Seraphin was unleashed to rub salt in the wounds, finishing the run with a baby hook at 1:51 and an 11-foot jumper at 1:13 before Tim Hardaway, Jr. finally stopped the bleeding with a benign jumper.

Turnabout being fair play, the Knicks attempted to make their own run in the fourth quarter, cutting the Wizards lead to six and leaning on the long-range ability of Iman Shumpert to bring them back into the game. However, like the Wizards of yore, the Knicks frantic run was stopped shorted by the aged veterans of the Wizards squad, with Andre Miller scoring six of his twelve points and Paul Pierce providing a back-breaking 3-pointer with 5:19 left which effectively sealed the game.

Credit will go to the improved defense tonight (because Randy Wittman loves defense like Carmelo loves shot-jacking) but he should also be relieved to be able to turn the reins over to his bench and not watch a lead disappear, or a gap widen out of reach. Continuing to keep the minutes of starters manageable (especially porcelain Nene, creaky Piece and vital cog Wall) without driving them into the ground prior to Christmas (when Washington will return to MSG) will go a long way in determining the Wizards seeding come April.


The Bullets.

  • Garrett Temple is not a mirage. Temple poured in another 17 points and went 4-for-7 from 3-point range. He also still has no tattoos and does not drink or smoke. Someone get Jason Reid his fainting couch.
  • Free throws are going to be a problem all year. The Wizards went 12-for-19 from the line, with John Wall making only one of four attempts. Perhaps he should attend a pre-game shooting clinic with Shot Doctor Seraphin, who calmly went 3-for-3 on the night.
  • Turnovers are still the worst thing that have ever existed. Carmelo Anthony had seven turnovers, which seems almost impossible for a small forward working within Phil Jackson’s triangle. By contrast, the Wizards point guards (Wall/Miller) had a grand total of four.
  • Is DeJuan Blair the new Trevor Booker? Blair saw ninety seconds of action and put up a series of goose eggs. Meanwhile, internet punching bag Kevin Seraphin logged 22 and managed to pick up only one personal foul.
  • No Quincy Acy means sadness. Acy, you may remember, is the galoot who played for the Kings last season and dunked on the Wizards with a ferocity that bordered on the insane. There was a slim hope that Acy would pull his “dunk ball and flex like a pro wrestler while down by 13” act on Rasual Butler, but alas it was not to be.



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Sean Fagan
Reporter / Writer/Gadfly at TAI
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 He still believes that Mike Miller never got a fair shot.