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DC Council 24: Wizards vs Timberwolves — Flip Saunders Back On Subway Diet

Updated: December 17, 2014

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 24: Wizards vs. Timberwolves in D.C.;
Contributor: Adam Rubin (@LedellsPlace), from the Verizon Center.


The win was great, but I still find myself thinking about that Andre Miller put-back dunk attempt. After years of playing below the rim, what possessed him to even attempt that shot? Unfortunately, Miller was dressed and on his way out of the locker room before the media had a chance to ask that question. So I turned to Drew Gooden to make some sense of what we had seen.

What are your thoughts on the put-back attempt?

Gooden: “If he converts that he has another three-year deal.”

Have you ever seen him attempt anything like that in practice?

Gooden: “Yea, one time. He was unsuccessful as well. But it’s good to see he wanted to do it. He almost got it. If you ask me, that should count as a dunk for Andre Miller.”

Minnesota Timberwolves


Final Box Score

Washington Wizards


Kris Humphries, PF

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

Humphries is usually a solid defender but he was victimized by Thaddeus Young in the third quarter for 19 points on 9-for-10 shooting. Thad scored from all over the court with a variety of jumpers and drives. In fairness, there probably are not many players who could have slowed Thad’s roll. Other than that, Kris was his usual workmanlike self.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +9

Otto acquitted himself well in his first career start. He didn’t do anything particularly special but he soaked up 22 minutes and hit a big 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining in the first half to build Washington’s lead back up to 12 when Minnesota was threatening to erode their hard-earned double-digit half-time cushion.

Marcin Gortat, C

28 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +16

On three separate occasions Gorgui Dieng pump-faked while standing 15-feet from the basket. On all three occasions Gortat jumped, leading to foul shots or a basket. Based on that alone, Marcin cannot receive higher than a B. On the offensive end, Marcin feasted in the paint against Dieng. The 6-foot-10 Timberwolves center appeared utterly confused about how to guard Gortat in the post. Dieng fronted Gortat on several possessions in the first quarter, despite having no help underneath. Wall simply lofted the ball over Dieng’s outstretched hand for easy assist after easy assist.

John Wall, PG

38 MIN | 9-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 17 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +20

John Wall started the first quarter like he was playing a video game. He assisted the team’s first four field goals, including two over-the-top entry passes to Marcin Gortat for layups, then hit a 3-pointer followed by two more assists for layups, before hitting a 17-foot pull-up jumper to give Washington an 18-5 lead.

Wall never took his foot off the pedal. You could not have asked for a better encore after winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. After the game Randy Wittman said Wall has even more room to grow. When asked if Wall is playing the best basketball of his career, Wittman remarked, “No, I think he still has the best ahead of him. I want him to keep driving. … He won Player of the Week, and he deserved to win Player of the Week. I told him, ‘That’s no big deal, you deserve it. There’s nothing surprising here, let’s just keep doing it.’ ”

Bradley Beal, SG

38 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +20

Washington spread the wealth on offense versus Minnesota and thus did not need much from Beal. His shot was off but he still managed to impact the game with four assists and three steals. Since Beal was overshadowed by Rasual Butler, I’ll use this opportunity to nitpick one aspect of Beal’s defense that continues to rear its ugly head: Beal’s inability to hold his position against bigger guards. Shabazz Muhammad drove into Beal’s chest and knocked him off balance a couple times, leading to easy layups. Kobe Bryant, Jimmy Butler and Lance Stephenson have done the same in the past. Just something to keep in mind as Beal’s game evolves.

Drew Gooden, PF

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

Gooden entered the game for the first time with great fanfare with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter after Seraphin fouled out. Gooden yelled repeatedly to all who would listen in the post-game locker room, “I am the new Scalabrine. I get a lot of love in this city.”

Nene Hilario, PF

21 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +6

Nene committed an all-out assault on the rim Tuesday night. The box score says he only scored four field goals but I could have sworn he dunked at least ten times. Maybe that’s because the few he had were so emphatic. One was a two-handed put-back dunk over Robbie Hummel; one was a one-hand slam over Dieng off a nice fast-break feed from Wall; and the other was a running one-hand dunk over Jeff Adrien. As Wittman confirmed after the game, Nene is almost back: “He can play longer minutes now than when he first came back. I think he’s rounding back into the condition he wants to be in.”

Rasual Butler, SF

28 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +1

At this point you just expect every one of Rasual’s shots to go in. Butler caught fire in the fourth quarter, hitting 7-of-8 field goals for 18 points. All seven field goals were assisted by Wall. That fact was not lost on Rasual: “I am just the recipient of playing with one of the best point guards in the NBA in John Wall. He does a great job reading defenses, and manipulating defenses.” I wonder if Ray Allen is paying attention to Rasual’s box scores.

Kevin Seraphin, C

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

Seraphin commits a lot of dumb fouls. Against Minnesota, he committed six of them. In 17 minutes.

Andre Miller, PG

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

There is only one thing to talk about after that game. Andre Miller’s put-back dunk attempt. I don’t know what possessed Andre to try it, but if he jumped two inches higher, that would have been the play of the year. After the game Wall joked, “If he had got that one we probably wouldn’t have practice the rest of the year.”


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Adam grew up in the D.C. area and has been a Washington Bullets fan for over 25 years. He will not refer to the franchise as anything other than the Bullets unless required to do so by Truth About It editorial standards. Adam spent many nights at the Capital Centre in the ‘90s where he witnessed such things as Michael Jordan’s “LaBradford Smith game,” the inexcusable under-usage of Gheorghe Muresan’s unstoppable post moves, and the basketball stylings of Ledell Eackles.