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DC Council 34: Wizards at Pelicans — Washington Bombs Beignets on Birds

Updated: January 6, 2015

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 34: Wizards versus Pelicans in New Orleans;
Contributor: Arish Narayen
 (@arish_narayen) from the DMV.


At the beloved Smoothie King Center on Tuesday, we were all witness to greatness. Some fifth-game-in-eight-day-road-trip-type-entertainment for Washington and New Orleans. There was up and down play, wild attempts at the rim, and guys taking chances trying to force steals. A Wild Jimmer Fredette appeared. Who can thrive in this kind of volatile and chaotic environment, trying to avoid a four-game losing streak? John Wall.

Here are Wall’s plays from the last three and a half minutes of the second quarter:

  • Gortat layup, assisted by Wall.
  • Wall free throw, makes 1.
  • Gortat layup, assisted by Wall.
  • Pierce layup, assisted by Wall.

He also missed two tough jumpers during this stretch, but getting Marcin Gortat involved (he started game 1-for-5 from the field) is always important. As for the rest: Paul Pierce got to eat, because the Pelicans have minus-defenders everywhere but in the paint. Brad Beal’s shot was off, but he got to run some pick-and-rolls with Kris Humphries late in the game, something which has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl. Wizards Bench Mob™ dropped 41 points with Otto Porter and Humphries providing spacing at the end of the game.

This team is a pleasure to watch, and they covered as 2.5-point underdogs! Everyone wins!





New Orleans


Nene Hilario, PF

27 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +13

Led the team in plus/minus at plus-13 in only 27 minutes on the floor. A quiet offensive night for Nene, probably because he had to expend more energy on defense trying to corral players like Anthony Davis and sometimes Ryan Anderson on the perimeter. Nene splitting time with Humphries/Seraphin is a net positive, though.

Paul Pierce, SF

25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +8

As stated before, the Pelicans have no one who can check a scoring wing like Pierce. He responded to the matchup with a hyper-efficient scoring night, tallying six points at the rim and making both of his uncontested outside attempts. He even survived an Anthony Davis post-up with two minutes left in the game, forcing a turnover.

Marcin Gortat, C

27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +7

Started slowly but ended the game with a typical stat line. Bothered by the Pelicans’ size up front, Gortat was only 3-for-7 on attempts at the rim, two of which were easy buckets after passes from Wall. As Kyle alluded to in the game preview, Washington has to hope that Gortat works himself out of his recent shooting woes by getting closer to the basket.

John Wall, PG

34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 12 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | +4

Minus some sloppy turnovers late in the game, in which Wall picked up his dribble (and left his feet) at the free throw line and tried to sling it across the court, this was another masterful performance. Wall assisted on 57.1 percent of his teammates’ makes, and he generally made the right decision when the Pelicans managed to muck up Washington’s pick-and-roll stuff at the top of the key. The four steals are an added bonus, of course.

Bradley Beal, SG

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

Other than a nice drive and slam after a kickback pass from Wall, this obviously wasn’t a good night for Big Panda. Per NBA.com player tracking, Beal did cover the most distance on the team (2.38 miles) during the game, so there’s that. I get out of breath going up an escalator.

Kris Humphries, PF

25 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -1

Humphries was involved in some key second-chance situations late in the fourth quarter when the offense was stagnating, but he also had a bad turnover that led to a fastbreak dunk for Anthony Davis. Still, this was another steady performance from Humphries. He also showed up defensively, as the Pelicans were only 2-for-6 when he was defending the rim.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -3

Porter scored all six of his points at the rim and was a relative terror defensively, tallying three steals and three blocks. He’s slowly becoming the useful rotation piece that Washington had hoped for after his injury plagued first year.

Rasual Butler, SF

17 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +4

Butler knocked down some key free throws late in the game, but Washington’s tendency to use him as a volume shooter when the reserves are in the game should probably stop.

Kevin Seraphin, C

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

Kevin Seraphin played defense! New Orleans was 1-for-6 at the rim when Seraphin was defending! He blocked a Tyreke Evans shot without fouling! Exclamation points!

Andre Miller, PG

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

Perfect from the field from five different midrange spots on the floor. At least one ridiculous lob attempt that ended in foul shots for the Wiz. Andre Miller remains the best.




Arish Narayen