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Lining Up the Wizards (So Far); Pre-Game Quotes from Randy, Rick & Richard

Updated: November 19, 2014

[Bradley Beal back?]

[Bradley Beal back?]

Sixty-eight (68) different five-man units have seen court time for Randy Wittman’s Wizards over the first nine games—a nice hallmark point for the 7-2 Washington team to contrast last season’s 2-7 beginning.

Eight lineups have played 10 or more minutes, in total accounting for 70 percent of the overall minutes. The starters to date (sans Bradley Beal) have played 147 minutes together (over 33% of all minutes) and have produced a total plus/minus of plus-32.

The second unit Randy Wittman has turned to the most features Andre Miller, Otto Porter, Rasual Butler, Kevin Seraphin, and Kris Humphries. They are minus-6 over 47 minutes.

Garrett Temple—starting in place of Beal, alongside Paul Pierce, Nene, and Marcin Gortat—has spent 266 of his 280 total minutes on the season playing next to Wall. The backcourt duo is plus-49 total in their time together (over all nine games). The rest of Temple’s backcourt time has mostly been spent playing next to Andre Miller (12 minutes), with additional single-minute bits with Glen Rice and Otto Porter. Temple and Miller are minus-1 over their 12 minutes, negligible with margin of error.

Beal could play limited minutes against Dallas. When he does round into shape, it will be curious to see how Randy Wittman finds a consistent backcourt combination off the bench. Perhaps more important is the 3-4-5 players they are paired with. Temple and Miller are not an inspiring combination, although they could certainly suffice in spurts. A 1-2-3 combo of Miller, Otto Porter and Rasual Butler could provide a nice option—those three, however, are minus-14 on the court together over the early season. The greatest concern off Washington’s bench so far is Andre Miller, whose effectiveness might be waning. Wittman, nonetheless, has no choice but to trust his veteran for the foreseeable future.

Top 6 Lineups (by minutes):

#1) Wall – Temple – Pierce – Nene – Gortat
147 mins (8 gms), plus-32, 41.8% FG, 27.1% 3P

#2) Miller – Porter – Butler – Seraphin – Humphries
47 mins (5 gms), minus-6, 51.9% FG, 41.7% 3P

#3) Wall – Temple – Pierce – Gooden – Gortat
29 mins (5 gms), minus-8, 52.2% FG, 30% 3P

#4) Wall – Temple – Porter – Gooden – Gortat
24 mins (5 gms), plus-9, 45.8% FG, 50% 3P

#5) Miller – Rice – Porter – Gooden – Seraphin
20 mins (4 gms), minus-7, 48.5% FG, 20% 3P

#6) Wall – Temple – Porter – Humphries – Gortat
20 mins (6 gms), plus-5, 45.2% FG, 16.7% 3P

Pre-Game Quotes:

Randy Wittman on how Washington needs to improve their offense:

“[Limiting turnovers], number one. Number two, if we can consistently get our defense to get us out (in transition) and be part of our offense. That really gets us to get in the open floor, to get in the open floor you got to get stops and turnovers. I think it’s a combination. We still haven’t shot the ball the way I think we’re capable of shooting, which is part of the game.”

Rick Carlisle on defending John Wall (with Devin Harris out):

“It’s going to change matchup situations, yes. It makes it harder for us, but that’s alright. Somebody will have to step up. And guarding Wall is not just a one-man job. You want to have a good guy on him, but the whole team’s got to know what’s going on with him. You got to get back and show a crowd, otherwise he’s going to get by one guy if he gets a head of steam. He’s that good. Collectively, we’ll have to be good.”

Richard Jefferson on the Wizards:

“They lost Trevor (Ariza), but they gained a better presence in Paul (Pierce). They’re a good team. They’ve got good depth, good balance. They’ve had other guys step up, you look at what Temple’s done, Rasual Butler. That’s as big as anything they’ve done to start the season because they were able to cover up Beal being missed for a short period of time. When you have Gortat, Nene, Seraphin, and then you come up with Gooden, Humphries. They’re balance from top to bottom. You got Andre Miller, who’s a great backup and could start on quite a few teams in this league. They’re one of the better balance teams from top to bottom in this league.”


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