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D.C. Council 18: Wizards vs Nuggets — Wall & Co. Vaporize the Nugs

Updated: December 6, 2014

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 18: Wizards vs Nuggets in the District of Columbia;
Contributor: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis), from the Verizon Center.


Denver Nuggets



Box Score

Washington Wizards


Kris Humphries, PF

26 MIN | 7-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +15

Humphries’ stellar play over his first few months as a Wizard has just about erased any memory of his time on reality TV. After pulling down 20 rebounds against the Lakers, Humph added a season-high point total against the Nuggets. Denver gave him the open 15-footer and he made them pay by knocking it down repeatedly. He ran the floor effectively and even got to the free throw line eight times. Once again, who is Kris Jenner?

(Bonus Vine: Wall to Hump for a close J.)

Paul Pierce, SF

20 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +4

Washington began the game sloppy with a few turnovers but then the offense got going behind Pierce and never looked back. Paul scored eight of Washington’s first 15 points. The savvy vet took guys off-the-dribble, drew fouls, and finished on his trademark fade-aways.

(Bonus Vine: Paul Pierce speaks English.)

Marcin Gortat, C

26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +15

Another ho hum night for the Machine, as he eliminated any chance Denver had at establishing an inside game with his fierce rim protection. Washington’s elite defense relies on many moving parts, but Marcin is the anchor that often gets overlooked.

(Bonus Vines: Wall working with Gortat; Point Guard Maker; Gortat and Wall like Brothers, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2.)

John Wall, PG

28 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | +11

When your superstar player doesn’t attempt his first shot till the first half is nearly finished, you’d typically be concerned. But on Friday night, John Wall dominated without even shooting the rock. Wall compiled seven assists before scoring his first bucket on an alley-oop dunk with less than two minutes to play in second quarter. By that time, the Wizards were in full control of the contest—due mostly to Wall’s outstanding floor game. He pushed the ball, found shooters and cutters, and completely outplayed his counterpart, Ty Lawson. In Washington’s convincing second quarter, it was like the game was being played in the dark and Wall was the only one with night-vision goggles on. Wall was flat out special and fun to watch last night.

(Bonus Vines: John Wall makes an amazing block, but lands on Bradley Beal; File Under: Lovely, John Wall)

Bradley Beal, SG

25 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +19

On a Wizards blog that Leonsis once called “Quibbles Forever,” there was a post earlier this week overanalyzing Bradley Beal’s first six games back from injury. It was likely an attempt to stir up concern about Beal’s offense—even CBS Sportsline’s Matt Moore took the bait. My response, in Aaron Rodgers voice, was: R-E-L-A-X. Big Panda was finding his way back from missing two months with a wrist injury, he’d have one bad week and everything would be fine. And, well, what do you know? After a solid showing against the Lakers, Beal was electric versus the Nuggets. He knocked three corner 3-pointers that carried the Wizards’ offense in first quarter and ignited the home crowd. Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw called that series of swishes a “backbreaker.” Beal’s shooting form was picture perfect and his release was lightning quick.

Nene Hilario, PF

18 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-6 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +16

NENE HAS RISEN! The long flowing hair, the scowl at refs and triple pumps that results in a flat fade aways. Aw yes, Nene BACK, after nearly two weeks of down time due to a sore foot. Obviously, he was rusty in the first half against his former team, but he showed some nice moves in the second period. Nene faking out JaVale for a dunk was an early Christmas present for Wiz fans.

(Bonus Vines: A Quick Nene; Nene getting blocked by JaVale, burn.)

Otto Porter Jr., SF

23 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +11

Otto stuffed the stat sheet with seven rebounds and four assists. He even had a nice dunk. However, with Webster’s return imminent, Porter’s spot in the rotation could be on shaky ground.

(Bonus Vines: Prof. Miller oops to Otto; Otto P. vs Ty Lawson on defense.)

Rasual Butler, SF

28 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +26

After the game, I asked Rasual if he was aware of where he ranked in the NBA’s 3-point leader board. “I don’t want to know. Someone mentioned it to me the other day and I found myself thinking about it a little. Better that I don’t know,” said Butler. Fair enough, I sure don’t want to jinx his red-hot shooting touch. Rasual’s percentage actually went down a tad after finishing 2-for-6 on 3-pointers, but he still ranks second in the entire NBA from deep (53.33%). It is not just his offense that’s opening eyes—Butler is also providing exceptional defense. Against Denver, he chipped in with three steals and two blocks. Webster will soon return to the court, but Butler is making a strong case to stay as a prominent member of this rotation.

Kevin Seraphin, C

23 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +15

#KSLife was out there partying like it was his birthday weekend—and it is. Kevin turns 25 on Sunday. Seraphin still drives me to chug whiskey, but I must recognize when he plays well and he did a bunch of positive things on Friday evening at the Phone Booth.
Plus, this sequence against JaVale was sublime.

(Bonus Vines: Baby hook over ‘Vale; Follow #KSlife social media slam.)

DeJuan Blair, C

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


Andre Miller, PG

16 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +20

Andre may have a new hairdo but he still has the same effective old man game. The second unit did not miss a beat on offense due to the maestro magic being served up by Miller. He makes sure guys are in the correct spots and gets the ball where they can easily score.

(Bonus Vine: Prof. Miller past JaVale McGee)

Five Things.

  1. Senator Rand Paul was at the game with his young son. Paul wore jeans, a black turtle neck and drank a Stella tall boy. He was sporadically on his iPhone but spent most of the night checking out the action.
  2. JaVale McGee had a disastrous night. He looked lost and rusty, and committed a silly foul where he just ran over a Wiz player because he was not paying attention. Martell Webster enjoyed this foul so much that he had the entire Wiz bench rolling to something he said about it. McGee’s nightmare concluded with him missing two free throws in the fourth quarter, leaving the home crowd with a parting gift: free chicken sandwiches.
  3. Before the game, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw called John Wall a Top 10 point guard. After that thumping, Shaw better consider moving him up higher on his list. The Atlanta Hawks Twitter account already recognizes Wall’s superiority.
  4. I chatted with Denver rookie Gary Harris before the game. The Michigan State product told me that this was the first time he was going to play against Wall or Beal. It was a quick reminder that even though Beal and Wall are young players, we’ll soon see younger guys trying to emulate their games after the D.C. duo.
  5. There was a #BlackLivesMatter protest happening outside the arena and there were rumors of potential disruptions of the Wizards game, but no court-rushing ever materialized.

The Pic.

After the game, Butler broke out this hat and told me that people mess up the name constantly. It is called the “Greek Fisherman.”


[Rasual Butler, hat game — via A. McGinnis]


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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.