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DC Council 40: Wizards vs Nets — Shot Down on ‘Singles Night’

Updated: January 17, 2015

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 40: Wizards versus the Brooklyn Nets in Washington.
Contributor: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis) from the Verizon Center.



Photo credit: Monumental Network


I have been channeling Marcin Gortat by staring at my white(ish) walls for hours, trying to come up with some type of crack analysis to summarize what I witnessed on Friday night and it’s been a struggle. It reminded me of the awful lockout-shortened season where our Wiz game reviews consisted of repeatedly saying the same snarky things about Washington’s shortcomings. “Oh look, Rashard Lewis is still terrible.”

My Twitter feed from the evening gradually turned into despair. Fortunately, this is only one loss and the Wizards have a chance for some payback tonight in Brooklyn. But I am not going to sugar coat that putrid display of basketball and if Wiz fans in attendance want a refund for financing that miserable entertainment, they have legitimate beef.

The Nets had lost seven games in a row and the mood in their locker room before the game was dour. Brook Lopez went from maybe sitting out due to a potential trade to dominating Washington’s entire front line. He had 25 second-half points. Meanwhile, Washington had their worst offensive outing of the season, scoring just 80 points. The Wizards were favored by 10 points and lost by 22.

You can write off previous blowout losses in Toronto, Cleveland and Dallas as losing to talented teams on the road. It happens often in the NBA, but to get waxed at home to a poor Nets clubs is perplexing. Labeling it “disappointing” doesn’t seem harsh enough.

In (dis)honor of “Singles Night” in the Phone Booth, that horror show deserves one big #ByeFelipe but first, let’s document the atrocities with player reviews.


Brooklyn Nets





Nene Hilario, PF

24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 6 PTS | -16

Nene couldn’t finish at the rim and repeatedly made poor decisions with the ball—he finished with a game-high four turnovers. His defense against Lopez was OK, but Brook scored on every Wiz big, including the Brazilian.

Paul Pierce, SF

25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -21

Pierce made a few 3s versus his former team and seemed to enjoy every conversation with Kevin Garnett at the free throw line. His defense was suspect and he made little impact on this game, finishing with a plus/minus differential of minus-21. Pierce is an outspoken leader of this team, and often criticizes the Wizards when the play poorly. Last night’s slopfest is a case where Pierce should ease up on ripping other teammates and point at least one finger at himself.

Marcin Gortat, C

25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -7

During individual warm-ups before games, Marcin Gortat always works on his post moves with assistant coach Roy Rogers. Before the Nets contest, I watched Gortat struggle with finishing against Rogers. It got so bad that John Wall started to talk good-natured smack to Gortat. It foreshadowed a miserable night for the Polish Machine. His offense was fine, but he played some of the worst defense in his Wizards career. He rotated poorly, committed silly fouls, and was not his usual, formidable self around the rim. Lopez punked him in the second half.

John Wall, PG

31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -24

John picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, forcing him to sit down early. That totally threw off his game and he never was able to get into a flow. His point guard counterpart, Jarrett Jack, poured in 26 points and many of those buckets were with Wall guarding him. Wall isn’t necessarily a takeover scoring guard, but he does have the ability to beat his man off-the-dribble for offensive opportunities. He arguably is the only Wizard with this trait and he needed to be more selfish in the third and fourth quarters.

Bradley Beal, SG

26 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -16

Big Panda was plagued by foul trouble, contributed only seven points on eight field goal attempts and bolted from the arena without talking to the media. There is a tendency among some Wiz fans and pixel pushers to overreact on Beal’s off nights—I would pump the brakes on this but it is time for Beal to concede publicly that the best backcourt in the NBA resides in the Bay area.

Kris Humphries, PF

19 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -1

If we were throwing out backhanded Player of the Game honors for this misery, then Humphries would be the winner. Twelve points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes are solid numbers. I still miss Trevor Booker, but I will concede that the Humphries signing has worked out in Washington’s favor.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

22 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -10

Coach Wittman decided to give Otto some run after a few games without action. Porter made a few good cuts and, for the most part, held up on perimeter defense. However, his shot was way off and his frail #Slenderman frame is hurting his effectiveness.

Martell Webster, SF

7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9

Martell barely played but I just want to use this space to let people know that Webster is releasing a music album in the spring. I interviewed him about it on Friday morning and hope to have report up soon. Martell was very open about his creative inspiration, talked about finally establishing a relationship with his father last year, and his goal seems to be to humanize the life of an NBA player. And from what I have seen of his freestyling, the guy has some talent.

Rasual Butler, SF

19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +2

Anytime the Wizards play on a Friday, I am good for a “Casual Friday” jeans comment after a positive play by Rasual. He had one, but misfired on all of his 3-point attempts. There are signs that he is becoming a slight liability on defense when matched up on the wing—something worth monitoring. The role of “Hot & Butter” is to provide offensive spark and be a main scoring option on the second unit. Under those terms, he failed.

Kevin Seraphin, C

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

It has always been the same routine with Seraphin: he teases you with highs and then brings you back to reality with lows. This is the real in #KSLife. The social media maven was a key factor in the Wizards’ win over the champs on Tuesday, but he threw up a dud on Friday night. He was indecisive on offense, lost easy loose balls and was completely clueless on defense. Instead of throwing an outlet pass to Wall, Seraphin took off on a full-court dribble and the Wizards were luckily able to call a time out before disaster struck. This sequence produced JaVale McGee flashbacks and Wittman screamed in Seraphin’s face about the dumb basketball play. This crap performance should be erased from his hard drive quicker than all of his Snapchats.

DeJuan Blair, C

7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1

Blair checked in, ran around a bit and gobbled up a few boards. Nothing he showed will remove him from his role of the very last man on the Wizards totem pole.

Andre Miller, PG

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

The Professor provided one of the few highlight plays of the evening for Wizards by ending the first quarter with a high-arching bank shot. His plus/minus of plus-3 was the best by a Wizard player.

Randy Wittman

Just roll the tape from post-game presser:

“We had no focus, no energy, no urgency, lack of respect for your opponent and the game, and that’s what happens. Lesson learned, hopefully.

“We came out like all we had to do is show up and we got what we deserve. That’s exactly what we deserve. For our guys to continually talk about being or becoming an elite team, if you want to become an elite team, you don’t lose games like this. You beat a San Antonio and a Chicago in a back-to-back then come home and lose by 22 to team that had lost seven in a row.”


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Adam McGinnis
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Adam is a bro from the Midwest who's been bopping around the District of Columbia for years. He's down with a range of sports, etc. and has covered the Washington Wizards for TAI since 2010.