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DC Council 53: Wizards vs Magic — Washington Casts Final Spell on Orlando

Updated: February 10, 2015


When the season summary of the 2014-15 Washington Wizards is compiled, Monday night’s triumph over the struggling Orlando Magic will likely not be highlighted. The first half was a boring display of professional basketball with both teams unable to make one 3-point shot (0-18). Washington pulled away in the third quarter, but their performance was far from impressive. The result was mostly due to Orlando’s incompetence, but a victory is a victory. And, more importantly, with how subpar this Wiz team has played in 2015 so far, they needed to avoid another embarrassing home defeat.

Before we scrap this game as just another needed tally in the win column, let’s evaluate the efforts of the Wizards’s players as they finished up a season sweep (4-0) of the Magic.


Orlando Magic



Box Score

Washington Wizards


Nene Hilario, PF

21 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +13 +/-

Lord Nene began the game angry—and not with his usual contempt for the refs, but at the rims. He smashed in three slam dunks in the first three minutes of the contest and finished with five dunks on evening. The Big Brazilian has been extra spry in these past two victories. Orlando Interim Coach James Borrego said his team lost because Washington was tougher inside and Nene was a large factor in that physical advantage.

Paul Pierce, SF

22 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +17 +/-

There is an online contingent pushing pixels advocating that Otto Porter should start over Pierce. This is premature because it is based on one good game from Porter against the Nets, conveniently ignoring all his bad ones last week. Also, Coach Wittman is never going to do this anyway. Pierce did not do much to sway those critics versus Orlando. His long-range shot was off and he didn’t do much to stand out. Pierce sat out the final quarter as the game was mostly in hand.

Marcin Gortat, C

31 MIN | 5-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +27 +/-

If there was an individual scapegoat during Washington’s recent five-game slide, it was the Polish Hammer. Gortat was short-arming shots, providing little inside presence and was mentally toast. The $60 million contract he inked in the offseason was starting to feel like sunk cost. After a positive showing on Saturday night versus the Nets, Marcin has one of his better outings of the season versus Orlando. He logged a double-double, scored 14 points on only six field goal attempts, limited Nikola Vucevic, and had a game-high plus/minus of plus-27. This is the “Super Gortat” Washington needs to show up if they are going to hold off the charging Cavs in the standings.

John Wall, PG

33 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +19 +/-

Sometimes it hurts the team that Wall is not a pure scorer when buckets are needed late, but the greater benefit is that he can still make a significant impact on the outcome when his shot is not falling. Wall’s double-double was only the second double-double this NBA season that did not include points. (He fell one point short of a triple-double.)

Wall did his usual Wall stuff, threw neat lobs, sick behind-the-back passes, and celebrated his teammate’s success by skipping around. Wall admitted post-game that he aggravated his sprained ankle again, which was clear when passed up a chance to make a few blocks and laid the ball up once instead of dunking. Fans gave Wall a standing ovation for diving on the floor, BUT PURDY PLEASE, John, don’t do this again. The #SoWizards smoke monster should not be woken up.

Garrett Temple, SG

26 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +12 +/-

Garrett filled in for Beal at shooting guard by basically not being a liability. He made his outside shots and pressured the Magic guards well. If the Wizards make a move before the trading deadline for another guard, it will be at the expense of Temple, because this team can’t reach their postseason goals with him logging major minutes.

Kris Humphries, PF

4 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | 0 +/-

Kris delivered a unique dunk before taking a nasty spill in the first quarter—the hard thud of his fall could be heard around the arena. Humphries was eventually pulled from the game with a sore back. Washington can ill afford to lose another key member of their rotation.

Drew Gooden, PF

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

With Humphries hobbled, Gooden took advantage of the additional playing time by reaching double figures in points. Drizzle even had a highlight and-1 play and iced the game away late with a corner 3-ball.

Martell Webster, SF

11 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -1 +/-

Martell had a blooper type missed dunk on Saturday but he erased that bad memory by “Unveiling the Wizard” after a slam. That was the old Webster from the 2012-13 season and fans would love to see that fun guy again on a nightly basis.

Otto Porter Jr., SF

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

Otto did not get the start as was expected after a strong offensive game versus Brooklyn and he was the only Wizard that played who didn’t score. He logged only 40 seconds in the second half. For those pro-Otto supporters wondering, I don’t get it either. (He did, however, get burned off the dribble, often.)

Rasual Butler, SF

27 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -1 +/-

Rasual was ice cold in the first half, missing all five of his shot attempts. He did bounce back in the second half by nailing three 3-pointers. The signs of “Hot & Butter” popping like it did earlier season are starting to slowly show again.

Kevin Seraphin, C

17 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -11 +/-

Kevin had a couple of nice finishing moves but what impresses me the most about his development is what he does on the offensive boards and when he receives passes near the basket. He no longer dribbles or fades away but tries to dunk it immediately. This is paying dividends for his game.

Andre Miller, PG

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

Before the game in warm-ups, G-Wiz tried to block Andre Miller’s practice shots. The Professor kept giving him annoying looks while chewing away at his gum and never once took the bait of Washington’s overweight, fuzzy blue mascot. It was the only thing worth noting about Miller.

DeJuan Blair, C


I would have cut him after his temper tantrum in Charlotte, but Wittman’s punishment was to slide him back to his earlier role at the very end of the bench.

Randy Wittman

With Beal out and Humphries going down early, Coach Witt is working with some unfamiliar lineups, and they worked against inferior competition. How this team plays in Toronto will be a better way to judge his pre-All-Star break job.




Sassy G-Wiz


John Wall was honored at half court for starting in this weekend’s All-Star game.


DMV product Victor Oladipo misses his mom’s cooking.


Paul Pierce getting ready outside the Wizards locker room.


Kinda jealous of Elfrid Payton’s hair.


Ladies Wiz Gear.


Marcin found the proper white wall


Mohawk Gortat might be a collectors item now



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