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DC Council 73: Wizards vs Hornets — Remarkable Reversal of Fortunes

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Updated: March 29, 2015

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Wizards players from Game No. 73: Wizards versus Hornets in Washington.
Contributor: Adam McGinnis (@AdamMcGinnisfrom the Verizon Center.

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A whirlwind of emotions whipped throughout the Verizon Center on Friday night. With Washington down four points and only 10 seconds left in regulation, fans exited the arena in droves as another disastrous home loss to a presumably inferior opponent appeared imminent.

A similar pattern transpired in the last-second Pacers loss on Wednesday, as the Wizards offense went into a funk in the fourth quarter and Charlotte took control of the contest. The natives were beyond restless, approaching downright salty. The negative vibe could be felt when several fans screamed at Randy Wittman, yelling bad things about Martell Webster; an “Ot-to Por-ter” chant began due to the second year player being buried deep on the bench, yet again. (Check out what Nerlens Noel did on the same evening. The young athletic big, who the Wiz passed up to draft Porter in 2013.)

A sports cliche about the NBA being a “make or miss” league often can ring true because all overused stereotypes have some truth marinated into them. One late Washington miss or one Charlotte make, and the main narrative  written in Wizards land is one of panic. Instead, Butler and Wall delivered in late crucial moments, the Hornets blew several chances to grab the victory, and Washington ended their four-game losing streak by outlasting Charlotte in double overtime.

Let’s do some counciling……


 

Charlotte Hornets

107

Final (2 OT) 

Box Score

Washington Wizards

110

Nene Hilario, PF

20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -12 +/-

The moody Big Brazilian barely played and the Wizards still triumphed. Instead, Wittman opted for Gortat, who usually fares well in defending Al Jefferson. Considering Nene’s perpetually shaky health and importance to the team, you have to consider this a win.


Paul Pierce, SF

23 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -12 +/

Pierce was another valuable veteran who was put on ice for this game, and he was on the bench during crucial situations, including but not limited to the overtime periods. Since Paul was having an off shooting night, it was an understandable move. However, the whole point of signing the future Hall of Famer was so he could be available to take late shots when it mattered most. He has to be that guy if Washington is to do anything in the playoffs.


Marcin Gortat, C

44 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -6 +/

Marcin flourished on the boards and his rim protecting skills were phenomenal. His coach finally believed in him during the fourth quarter and both overtimes. Weird, huh?


John Wall, PG

48 MIN | 12-30 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 32 PTS | -5 +/-

Some media hacks will probably pontificate about how Wall’s 32 points are not that big of a deal because he hoisted 30 shots. They are normally correct, but anyone who saw the game, understands that John Wall was the best player on the entire court–he needed to take those shots. Wall did his typical Vine highlight things and again came up money in pressure-packed situations. The Game Changer is now Jimmy Clutch.


Bradley Beal, SG

43 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -2 +/-

The fact that Bradley even played after badly rolling his ankle 48 hours prior seems miraculous–maybe the injury wasn’t as bad as it looked, maybe Beal IS Wolverine. Beal should still never take 18 shots in a game with only three of them being 3-pointers. That said, he showed flashes of the playmaking ability this team needs moving forward.


Drew Gooden, PF

39 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 17 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +13 +/-

No nitpicking about poor defense is necessary on Drew because he was spectactular and one of the main reasons Washington pulled out the victory. He ripped down several key boards, tipped out some, and ‘Everyday I’m hustling’ Gooden logged a season-high in minutes. I guarantee most big money FanDuel daily fantasy pool winners had Drizzle in their lineups and on the cheap, similar to the Wizards. What up, Milwaukee?


Martell Webster, SF

12 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +7 +/-

It is painful to watch Martell fight through screens in an attempt to play defense, and once he attempts any shot, you immediately believe it’s not going in. Maybe the coaching staff is trying to allow Webster to overcome his issues now, because this team desperately needs more effective shooters in the postseason. The cruel reality is that Webster shouldn’t take his warmups off anymore.


Rasual Butler, SF

26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-It’s all about the Rasual Jeans Friday, no khakis. With Washington in desperation mode late, Butler came through with a gigantic 3-pointer, perhaps his most impressive shot as a Wizard.


Kevin Seraphin, C

13 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +11 +/-

Seraphin had a huge block and that was about it. He does provide inspirational quotes on the Twitter machine, however.


 

Will Bynum, PG

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

Bynum made his Wizards debut and bricked the only shot he attempted. I still don’t see how his game is going to mesh with Wittman’s style of play.


Ramon Sessions, PG

19 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +14 +/-

The current consensus is that the Miller/Sessions exchange was a wash and maybe that is so at the margins. But Ramon continues to offer solid outings. How in the world did he corral seven rebounds?


Randy Wittman

John Wall saved Wittman’s butt again. I am out of energy to list the myriad coaching mistakes that he makes on the bench every night.


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As a part of Wizards’ shoot-around, the team partnered with Make-A-Wish® Mid-Atlantic to help grant the wish of a 13-year-old Wizards fan.  Nitin Ramachandran, who is battling Medulloblastoma (a form of brain cancer), was signed by the team for the game against the Charlotte Hornets.  Ramachandran is from Herndon, VA.

Nitin Ramachandran, a 13 year old from Herndon, VA, is battling brain cancer and through the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, he wanted to hang out with the Wizards team, especially John Wall. He ate breakfast with the team, signed a one-day contract, and passed to Marcin Gortat in warm ups. They announced his name in player introductions as he ran out to high five Wizards players. He sat courtside in the owners seats, was interviewed after the game, and was in on Coach Wittman’s post game press conference.

After Wall’s big shot sent the game into overtime, I saw Nitin run back through the Wizards tunnel.  The huge grin on his face  and his celebratory hand movements caused you to melt inside. The genuine happiness he showed all night made me care little about the outcome of this NBA game.

Nitin Ramachandran.

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We produce many cynical pixels about Washington’s professional basketball franchise, but there are not enough positive ones to throw the organization’s way for creating these awesome moments. Nitin’s enthusiastic smiles are something that I will never forget. If he or his family ever reads this, keep fighting. I know your warm experience with the Washington Wizards and D.C. community this March weekend reinforces that the world is full of wonderful people who genuinely care.

To everyone involved, you made this kid’s day. Thank you.

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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.