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DC Council 39: Wizards at Bulls — Wiz on Parade in Chicago

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Updated: January 15, 2015

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 39: Wizards versus the Bulls in Chicago.
Contributor: Arish Narayen from the great state of Maryland.

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After spending Tuesday night chasing San Antonio the full length and width of the court for 48 minutes, the Wizards ventured to Chicago to play their closest rival. This may come as a surprise, but these teams apparently don’t like each other. During the pregame, Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier made it sound like they were about to witness a gladiatorial contest. I’m paraphrasing Buckhantz here, but I’m reasonably certain that prior to tip off he said, This one could be an R-17 movie. That was perfect, because I only watch R-17 movies.

The Wizards easily could have folded at many times during this game, but they didn’t. The oddsmakers certainly thought the Wizards would eventually capitulate, as they were 5.5 point underdogs. Early, it looked like they would—they turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, leading to 14 points for Chicago. In the second half, Washington had only three turnovers. They withstood the Derrick Rose scoring onslaught and “let” Rose score 32 points while taking away Chicago’s other offensive options. Washington had a response for every Bulls 3-pointer, utilizing a balanced attack in which all five starters scored in double-figures. Matching Chicago’s intensity to start the second half, the Wizards shot 14-for-24 from the field in a decisive third quarter.

Beating a team as talented as the Bulls twice in less than a week? My word. The Wizards are building something here. This game could’ve gotten out of hand if Chicago wasn’t unconscious on 3-pointers. On to the next one, though.

 


Washington
Wizards

105

Box
Score

Chicago
Bulls

99

Nene Hilario, PF

30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +12 +/-

Two plays that exemplify why Nene is such a special player, fam: 1) In the third quarter, Nene had the ball baseline out-of-bounds. He calmly whipped a pass to the far corner where Paul Pierce converted on a wide-open 3 that gave the Wizards the lead. 2) Nene made a shot with his big toe just inside the arc. He also had his usual three or four angry attempts at the rim. Truly, the complete package.

Paul Pierce, SF

32 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +18 +/-

An efficient evening for Pierce, who once again reminded the world that guys who don’t look athletic whatsoever can still jump and stuff. Pierce went seven-for-seven on shots inside the arc, led the team with a plus-18 plus/minus differential, and made Jimmy Butler work when he was on him. One of his best performances as a Wizard.

Marcin Gortat, C

32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +11 +/-

He is a low variance player. That is how I would describe Marcin Gortat. You know what you’re going to get each night: some rim protection, some midrange shots, some decent post moves. It nearly always adds up to 10-plus points and 10 boards a game. This was another such performance, but like the other interior players, Gortat was also helped by Joakim Noah’s absence in the second half.

John Wall, PG

38 MIN | 8-17 FG | 3-5 FT | 2 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | +15 +/-

We see you with that teardrop floater, John Wall. Nearly had yet another double-double, scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, and generally made life miserable for the Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich’s of the world.

Bradley Beal, SG

36 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +7 +/-

Beal moved extremely well without the ball in this game, deftly working around screens and draining shots with no hesitation. He also got to show off some of his ball handling ability, running pick-and-rolls with Nene in the second half. A complete performance.

Kris Humphries, PF

18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6 +/-

I think he got a haircut. What do you think? Oh, what I meant to say was Humphries’ loud put-back off a Rasual Butler miss set off a 12-3 scoring run by the Wizards halfway through the fourth quarter.

Martell Webster, SF

7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6 +/-

Speaking of haircuts….

Rasual Butler, SF

21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -8 +/-

Wait, you mean to tell me Rasual Butler isn’t going to shoot 50 percent on 3-pointers the entire season? You are a liar.

Kevin Seraphin, C

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

Seraphin’s development has to be encouraging, as he is no longer fouling at obscene rates. He had a couple multiple effort plays in the fourth quarter, like when he tapped the ball away as Mirotic tried to drive past him, or when stood straight and bottled up a Taj Gibson post-up.

Andre Miller, PG

10 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -9 +/-

Grade A forever.

 

D’Vine.

 

Arish Narayen