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Key Legislature: Wizards 102 at Knicks 91 — Quincy Acy Knows the True Meaning of Christmas

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Updated: December 26, 2014

Truth About It.net’s Key Legislature: a quick run-down and the game’s defining moment(s) for Washington Wizards contest No. 28 versus the New York Knicks on Christmas Day in Madison Square Garden, via Sean Fagan (@McCarrick) from somewhere in America.

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by Sean Fagan.

Take a step back and admire New York Knickerbocker Quincy Acy for a moment. Not for any particular skills related to basketball, because in his few years in the league he has yet to develop a move more refined than “dunk the ball on a putback and scowl.” Admire Acy because he is attempting to join a brotherhood that is quickly dying out in the Association—that of the professional agitator. A few of these dinosaurs still roam the hardwood. Reggie Evans is still grabbing rebounds and missing shots from beyond two inches and Matt Barnes is still Matt Barnes, but for the most part teams have moved away carrying big slugs on the roster who exist solely to clothesline the opposing team’s star, or guards like Kirk Hinrich who excel in putting their knees in places they don’t belong. It is a limited fraternity and even those who are now considered NBA gadflys (say, Patrick Beverley) have discernible skills which make them worthy of a roster spot. Quincy Acy does not possess any of those skills, but he is a warm body and at least it “appears” like he cares, unlike the majority of his Knickerbocker teammates.

His level of passion and desire to join his brethren in the “Brotherhood of cheapshots” was made evident with 5:31 left in the fourth quarter on Christmas Day when Acy decided that John Wall’s temerity in daring to show the Knicks up with a double-double would not go unpunished, and he proceeded to deliver unto Wall a hockey-style check that would not have looked out of place in a roller derby match. Wall was unamused by Acy’s antics and promptly got up and shoved Acy, to which Acy responded by throwing a “half punch” (or forearm shiver) in the direction Wall’s temple. Acy was promptly ejected but by this point the Brotherhood had all but stamped his membership papers, with Grand Poobah Bruce Bowen declaring that he “liked the cut of Acy’s jib.”

The Wizards were up by 11 points when this altercation took place.

If there appears to be too many pixels expounded upon Quincy Acy and not enough on a laugher in which the Wizards coasted through much of the game … well, suffice to say that this was a game in which Carmelo Anthony was apologized to on NATIONAL TV by the announcing crew for having such crappy teammates. No mention of the fact that Anthony could have placed himself on a contender in the Bulls but just had to take the extra money in New York, no mention that Anthony enjoys breaking the fundamental principles of the Triangle on each and every possession. No, evidently the proper reaction is to genuflect before Anthony’s raiment rather than point out that the emperor is not wearing any clothes.

The Wizards got a nice present in a nationally televised game, and I’m sure there are people who do not follow the league who ravenously made passing note of Marcin Gortat’s mohawk or Nene’s propensity to bitch at the officials. As a basketball game it was less entertainment and more ritual, and I’m sure the programmers at ESPN had to hold their nose when they realized they were putting a team in primetime that is only one win by design better than the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wizards beat a team they should have beat handily; for many the true eye test will be when they face Eastern Conference competitors (Toronto, Chicago) in rematches in which they were thorougly trounced. (One could make the argument that the Wizards were not “trounced” by Chicago, but it felt in all shape and forms like a trouncing.)

I would like to say that I’m astonished that Nene put together his most complete performance of the season on Christmas Day, but that would be ignoring all the signs and portents that Nene uses to decide at what percent his body is willing to operate on any given day. The birth of the Lord obviously spurred Nene to a vintage 92 percent capability performance as he sliced through the Knicks frontline with ease, and even felt lively enough to impugn the refs with his usual verve. Perhaps, Wittman should hold him out until Easter.

Randy Wittman gets a lot of attention on this space for his inefficient offense, but after seeing a team like the Knicks try to execute the Triangle, one finds oneself muttering that it could always be worse. Derek Fisher looked less horrified than bemused as the Knicks put up an abomination of an offensive performance that would have left Wittman using every obscenity in his vocabulary (and those borrowed from Kevin Seraphin) if Wittman was in charge of New York.

In conclusion, Kevin Seraphin was described as valuable bench depth. On national television. On Christmas Day. Excuse me, I believe I may be running a fever.

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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sean has contributed to TAI since the the dawn of Jan Vesely and has been on the Wizards beat since 2008. His work has been featured on ESPN, Yahoo and SI.com. He still believes that Mike Miller never got a fair shot.