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D.C. Council 16: Wizards vs Heat — Washington Runs Circles Around Ex-Heatles

Updated: December 2, 2014

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 16: Wizards vs Heat in the District of Columbia;
Contributor: Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20), from the Verizon Center.


Miami Heat



Box Score

Washington Wizards


Kris Humphries, PF

24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +6

Kris’ specialty is physicality, but the Heat’s most physical player, Udonis Haslem, only played nine minutes, so Humph’s talents weren’t needed as much on Monday night. Humphries’ second specialty is taking—and occasionally making—long 2-pointers early in the shot clock. John Wall and Paul Pierce can do that all night long, but the requirement is more strict for the starting power forward (in place of the injured Nene).

Paul Pierce, SF

20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +7

Pierce opened the game with a fade-away, he hit two free throws about five minutes later, and that was it for him. And that is OK! There will be some games—like Saturday night against the Pelicans—when Pierce will be called upon to conjure up some late-game magic. But given Pierce is 37 years old, it is just as important that he gets opportunities to be a spectator. Last night, Pierce was a winning spectator. Win-win.

Marcin Gortat, C

27 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +13

John Wall was in a sharing mood and Gortat was the main beneficiary. Ten of Gortat’s 15 points came via Wall’s hands, and eight of those 10 points came in the paint, where Gortat seemingly lived the entire evening. Shawne Williams, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem all tried their hand at defending Gortat, but he was not going to be stopped on Monday night. He even threw in a devastating block on Dwyane Wade for good measure.

John Wall, PG

32 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 13 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +11

Here’s all you need to know about John Wall’s performance against the Miami Heat: Wall had 13 assists and the entire Heat roster had 12. Two former “Heatles,” Wade and Bosh, had 18 points combined in the second quarter, but the Wizards’ lead still ballooned from eight to as many as 19 points. Wall alone was responsible for 16 of the Wizards’ 34 second-quarter points in just seven minutes of play. As Wade said in his post-game presser, “John Wall did a great job of quarterbacking this team, getting his guys shots, whether it was a roll guy for a big or Rasual [Butler] or one of the guards getting open shots in the corner. They pretty much got what they wanted.”

Bradley Beal, SG

17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +2

Beal started quickly with five first-quarter points, but two quick fouls limited him to just four minutes in the opening period. Beal re-entered the game three minutes into the third quarter and promptly hit a 3-pointer to extend the Wizards’ lead to 16 points, and that effectively ended the contributing portion of Big Panda’s night.

Drew Gooden, PF

21 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +12

Miami Heat sideline reporter Jason Jackson called the Wizards’ 34-point second quarter “an avalanche.” That avalanche started because Drew Gooden scored five points in a 90-second span. First he tipped in a shot, then he hit a 3-pointer that gave the Wizards a 15-point lead. Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo!

Otto Porter Jr., SF

24 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +14

Like Gooden, Otto Porter’s contributions came via a small sample size, but that does not diminish their importance. He hit a corner 3-pointer toward the end of the first quarter, and in the second quarter, Porter fought hard for an offensive possession and Wall rewarded him with an easy layup.

Rasual Butler, SF

33 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | +22

Beal checked out with 7:51 left in the first quarter carrying two fouls and five points. Butler checked in and scored seven points over the remainder of the quarter—and he did not cool down. He scored six points in the second quarter as the Wizards extended their lead to double-digits, and after a scoreless third quarter, he poured in 10 of the Wizards’ 26 fourth-quarter points to help put the game away. Said Miami Heat Coach Erik Spolestra after the game, “We hate to see it on our side but you can’t have nothing but respect for Rasual Butler. We had him when he was very young. He is an absolute pro. You root for guys like that and there is a reason why he has been in the league for so long.”

Kevin Seraphin, C

20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +10

Kevin scored via power moves in the post, which is nothing unusual given the limited amount of time he played. The unusual is that he also demonstrated his passing skills by not only getting a hockey assist to Rasual Butler but also dishing a more traditional assist to a cutting Andre Miller as a double team approached. None of this is guaranteed to carry over to Wednesday’s game against the Lakers, but it was still refreshing to see some diversity in Seraphin’s game.

DeJuan Blair, C

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

He rattled in a floater, which made Wall very happy. But he’s done something to be glued as hard to Wittman’s bench as he is—we still do not know what. Defense could be part of it.

Andre Miller, PG

16 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +10

Six points and four assists in 16 minutes sounds about right for a backup point guard. The complete undressing of Shabazz Napier (via a behind-the-back move) and Chris Bosh (via a ball fake) in a matter of seconds? That’s just icing on the cake.

Randy Wittman

It was a great night for Coach Wittman. With the exception of John Wall (31 minutes) all of his starters played under 30 minutes, and he received major contributions from the bench. Most importantly, despite the Wizards’ 15-point lead at halftime, Wittman was able to convince his team to play with defensive intensity during that big-time third quarter.


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Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop, USAToday.com, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.