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DC Council 48: Wizards vs Raptors — Done In By Their Canadian Nemesis

Updated: February 2, 2015

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 48: Wizards versus the Toronto Raptors in Washington.
Contributor: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnis) from the Verizon Center.


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All-Star Starters (via Monumental Sports)

Wizards vs. Raptors. Raptors vs. Wizards. What a wacky, wild game with an overtime finish that didn’t quite do the first 48 minutes justice.

I was at the Verizon Center on Saturday night. Here’s what I saw.

Toronto Raptors



Box Score

Washington Wizards


Nene Hilario, PF

38 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +6 +/-

Nene had a mixed performance. He poured in some big buckets but was also careless with the ball (5 turnovers) and his usually stout help defense was uncharacteristically poor in key moments. The outcome of the loss was visibly apparent on the Big Brazilian’s face afterward.

The personal stats don’t really matter and his mood is usually determined by the team’s results. After wins, he can be engaging, positively intense, courteous, and always flashes his trademark wide grin. But in defeats, he is surly and curt. Late Saturday night, the tough loss was weighing on him and he flashed me just a half-hearted smile while exiting the locker room without taking questions from the media.

Paul Pierce, SF

35 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +4 +/-

The offseason acquisition of the future Hall of Fame player was universally hailed for making Washington a destination for free agents—and for filling a team need for clutch basket-makers. With the Wizards down three late in the fourth quarter, the 10-time All-Star delivered with a game-tying, contested 3-pointer. The Verizon Center crowd roared and Pierce celebrated by egging them on. Eventually, the Wiz came up short in OT, but Pierce had one of his best outings of the season.

Marcin Gortat, C

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

“I will try to be a superhero tomorrow and win the game,” Gortat said on Friday, previewing his action figure giveaway. “Super Gortat” turned out to be a dud. Marcin finished with just as many turnovers (4), as points and rebounds combined. Some of this was due to limited court time—24 minutes total and only six minutes in second half and overtime. Washington should probably run more early plays (beyond the first play of every game) to get him involved. Wittman chose to finish with Kris Humphries over the Polish Hammer. Maybe this underwhelming display will finally motivate him to shave the mohawk.

[UPDATE: He did.]

John Wall, PG

45 MIN | 8-16 FG | 11-15 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | +7 +/-

Due to an assortment of injuries, the All-Star starter was a game-time decision. When the Wizards run out for pre-game warm ups, John Wall always brings up the caboose. Before the Raptors game, John was missing as the team arrived on the court. About 10 minutes into the shooting lines, a loud cheer rose from the Wiz fans: Wall had arrived. He gingerly went through the motions of warm-ups and did not participate in his customary friendly banter with teammates. Something was clearly up, but whatever was affecting him, amazingly, never transferred to his game. Wall was simply outstanding. He attacked the rim at will (15 free throw attempts), finished with a 6:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, missed a triple-double by two boards, and played almost 45 minutes.Oh, and Washington was awful when he was on the bench.

Bradley Beal, SG

45 MIN | 9-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +4 +/-

There have been many worried pixels pushed lately by the TAI crew about Beal’s game. The narrative is simple: He is an exceptional shooter who relies too much on his midrange game and doesn’t take enough 3s. The numbers support this argument. Bradley is fifth in the NBA in 3-point percentage (.445), but is 55th in the league in 3-point attempts per game (4.2). On Saturday night, Beal finally took some of the constructive criticism lobbed his team’s way. Big Panda launched 10 3s, made five, and had zero long-2 attempts. However, the improving steps on offense were marred by him struggling on defense. Toronto’s best player, Kyle Lowry, is tough to guard. And Lowry repeatedly abused Beal, who looked unsure where to be on several rotations.

Kris Humphries, PF

30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -2 +/-

Humphries followed up on his stellar road trip by tallying another double-double in front of the home crowd. However, he struggled finishing around the rim, missing four shots from inside three feet.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -4 +/-

After almost singlehandedly propelling a comeback victory in Phoenix, the second-year player again showed that he belongs. Otto was active on defense, ran the court well, and earned four trips to the free throw line. Porter rolled in a 3-pointer and will continue to earn additional playing time if he continues to knock shots down from deep.

Rasual Butler, SF

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

“Rasual Saturdays” doesn’t make sense as a funny joke and the luster of Butler’s surprising shooting this season is wearing off, too.

Kevin Seraphin, C

12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -18 +/-

Kevin played 12 minutes and he finished with a plus/minus rating of minus-18. #KSLife was featured on the latest edition of Wizards Magazine. It was more entertaining than his play versus Toronto.

Andre Miller, PG

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

Andre played only three minutes and he finished with a plus/minus rating of minus-12.

Garrett Temple, SG

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

Garrett was a disaster in the first half but played much better during his second half stint. With Miller struggling, Temple might have an earned a look at the back up point guard role.

Key Quotes.

Paul Pierce:

“It starts early in the game. Over the last week and a half we’ve given up like 50-plus points—56 in the first half. Our defense has taken some steps back and we’ve been digging ourselves holes as of late. I don’t know if it’s a mid-season funk or hitting the wall or what right now, but we’re pretty much playing inconsistent basketball.

“When you play against the Toronto Raptors, when it can come down to records at the end of the season or it can depend on a tie break, these are important games to show that we can play with the rest of these teams. Right now, we haven’t showed we can consistently play with the top teams in the East.”

Greivis Vasquez:

“I love the DMV. I appreciate this city. I appreciate everybody that supported me my four years in college. It’s always fun to come back and, eventually, I want to move my family here and live my life here. I love it here, I really do. I’m so loyal to this city and the opportunities that people gave me.”

Patrick Patterson:

“When [John Wall] came into Kentucky, he was strictly a point guard, attacking the basket, he didn’t necessarily have a jump shot. Throughout his career, he’s continuing to work on his jump shot and now he is hitting 3s. He is getting stops on the defensive end. He is an All-Star. Just watching his transition from a 17-, 18-year-old kid to what he is now, it is remarkable. I am proud of him as a former teammate, brother and a fan as well.”

Kyle Lowry:

“It is always great to go against John (Wall). He is one of the guys I enjoy playing against. I enjoy watching him when I am not playing against him. For us to be the starting backcourt in the All-Star game, it is the biggest testament of both our hard work.”

A reporter made a comment comparing Lowry to Kyrie Irving. “Give me that Kyrie money then,” Lowry said. 


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Toronto’s Kyle Lowry

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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.