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DC Council 21: Wizards at Magic — Wittman’s Wizardry Drops Orlando

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Updated: December 11, 2014

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 21: Wizards at Magic in Orlando;
Contributor: Arish Narayen (@Arish_Narayen), from the DMV.

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Steve Buckhantz’s first “DAGGERRRRRRRR!” of the season sounded so sweet, and Washington somehow escaped Orlando with a win. The narrative: with the game tied and 0.8 seconds left, Professor Andre Miller lobbed a changeup over Dewayne Dedmon, who is a seven-foot tall human being. Using Paul Pierce’s screen, Bradley Beal flared to the rim and got behind Victor Oladipo just in time to kiss the ball into the net. Basketball Twitter reacted accordingly, awash with gibberish, caps-lock plaudits, and Vines. We see you grindin’ in these streets, Randy Wittman.

Washington Wizards

91

FinalBox Score

Orlando Magic

89

Kris Humphries, PF

28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2

Humphries was on the floor for the last four minutes of the game, which tells you a lot about what the Wizards think of him: he can spell Nene and make shots from just inside the 3-point line. He also had a key defensive rebound with just over a minute left in the fourth quarter.


Paul Pierce, SF

29 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +8

A bad shooting night for Pierce, which saw him shoot a corner 3-point attempt off the side of the backboard with Washington down five and 1:25 to play. Afterwards, he nearly cost the Wizards the game with a turnover, but was bailed when John Wall took a charge on the other end. But The Truth is always a threat—he came into the game shooting 51 percent in his previous nine—and that spacing is invaluable.


Marcin Gortat, C

28 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -8

Gortat didn’t see the floor in the fourth quarter, in part because he got caught out of position on switches on multiple occasions during Orlando’s 31-point third quarter. Still, the Polish Hammer provided his usual rolls to the rim, post scoring, and rim protection that Wizards followers have come to expect.


John Wall, PG

35 MIN | 10-17 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +2

Some may have thought Wall was due for a letdown after an emotionally draining overtime win against the Celtics. Nah, bruh. Wall got to the rim whenever he wanted against rookie Elfrid Payton late in the fourth quarter, and he drew a key charge to keep the game alive. The elbow jumper was falling, so none of his seventeen field goal attempts felt forced. We are running out of superlatives for Wall’s outstanding performances.


Bradley Beal, SG

34 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +5

Beal wasn’t a focal point of the offense, possibly because he spent most of the game chasing Victor Oladipo around on defense. That game winner, though—Oladipo appears to hook Beal’s shoulder as he’s passing the Pierce screen, but it didn’t matter. BAO BAO BAO BAO BAO.


Nene Hilario, PF

21 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +2

It’s not a Wizards game unless Nene throws down an angry, one-handed dunk and mean mugs the crap out of everyone in his general vicinity. Keep in mind, Nene wasn’t certain to play in this game due to his balky knee. Along with Kevin Seraphin, the Brazilian kept the Wizards bench units alive for long stretches. At this point, I’d be perfectly happy with a Spurs-ian approach to Nene’s appearances.


Otto Porter Jr., SF

14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -3

Because of Nene and Seraphin’s contributions, Porter didn’t get his normal amount of touches on offense. He had a nice put-back, though.


Rasual Butler, SF

27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | 0

Butler secured a key loose ball in the final minute and was part of some key floor spacing units. However, he missed a couple open 3s … but kept with it. Butler served up a long distance trey with just under three minutes left to keep the Wizards within three points. Later, with just over 16 seconds left, he secured a big rebound (and drew the foul) with the Wizards down one point … but he only made one of two free throws. We’ll give him a pass—after all, Butler is still 32-for-61 on 3s this season.


Kevin Seraphin, C

12 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | 0

The chemistry between Nene and Kevin Seraphin is real, folks. #KSLife softened up the interior D with his post-ups and hook shots, while Nene was free to rotate to his favorite spots on the floor. On one occasion, Seraphin actually recognized an incoming double-team, and instead of passing into a turnover, he deftly turned away from it and hit a baseline hook shot. But later on, Seraphin caught several stone-cold Wittman faces because he settled for a baseline jumpers instead of using his size to attack.


Andre Miller, PG

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

Miller could have been 0-for-10 from the field before the last second of the game, on top of falling and barely being able to get up, and I’d still give him an A because DAAGGGGGEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!


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Arish Narayen