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Game Notebook 37, Wizards vs. Bucks: RECIPE – DC Cooked Venison

Wizards 106
Bucks 101

January 13, 2016 – Verizon Center, Washington, DC

NBA Stats Box Score

DC Cooked Venison


1 All-Star Point Guard
1 Returning (All-Star Caliber) Shooting Guard
41 Bench points
12 Three Pointers
27 Assists


1) Cook Milwaukee Bucks for 24 minutes. Attempt 14 three pointers, while making 6 of them. Add 10 first half bench points from Ramon Sessions. Play your returning star Bradley Beal 9 first half minutes while he tries to get his timing an rhythm back.

2) Turn off energy source, and get outscored 31-15 over the next 12 minutes. Shoot just 6/23 in the quarter (26%) while allowing your opponent to shoot 11/18 (61%) and get out rebounded 14-6.

3) Turn to your superstar John Wall, and let him turn up the heat. Allow him to cook the opponent for the final 12 minutes, score 10 points, and get to the FT line 8 times. Watch him finish with 19 points and 8 assists (and 6 turnovers). Follow his lead, and knock down 4/6 three pointers. Force 12 fourth quarter Milwaukee turnovers, and let them lead to 12 fast break points, to secure a 106-101 victory.

4) Serve hot.

Notes, suggestions, and variations:

  • The more bench you can add, the better. The Wizards bench outscored the Bucks bench 41-10, led by Ramon Sessions with 15. Bradley Beal added 11 points off the bench, and while he didn’t look his old self, he didn’t get hurt again either. With Bradley, that’s always a win.
  • The more threes you can add, the better. The Wizards hit 12/27 threes (44%), while holding the Bucks to just 1/8 from three point range. Granted, the Bucks aren’t a stellar 3 point shooting team by any means, but any time you outscore your opponent 36-3 from beyond the arc, you have a chance for a delicious, satisfying victory.
  • The fewer turnovers, the better. Sometimes turnovers are delicious (apple turnovers, peach turnovers, etc.) but for our purposes here, we hate turnovers. To maximize tonight’s dish of the night, the Wizards committed just 16 turnovers, while forcing Milwaukee into 27 turnovers, and scoring 29 fast break points. The higher the Wizards can turn up the heat, the more likely they are to cook their opponents, and tonight they were able to set the oven inside Verizon on “High,” especially in the fourth quarter.
  • In two previous roastings of Milwaukee, the Wizards burnt the Bucks to a crisp. Many of you may prefer your Buck burnt rock solid and full of carcinogens. I know I do. But tonight, DC cooked their venison rare, but they devoured them nonetheless. The way things have been going this season, let’s take it.


The Game’s Top Performer

Ramon Sessions

In just 22 minutes of game action, Ramon Sessions racked up 15 points, 5 assists, and committed just 1 turnover. The Wizards were a +20 with Sessions on the floor, the highest +/- of any Wizard on the night by a wide margin. He led a bench that scored outscored the Milwaukee Bench by 31 points, while the Bucks starters outscored the Wizards starters 91-65.

A forgettable night for..

Kelly Oubre Jr.

Kelly didn’t play bad. He didn’t play great. He just didn’t really play very much. After playing 20 minutes a game over the last 14 games (and starting 5 games), Oubre played just 9 minutes against the Bucks. He scored 5 points, and the Wizards were +9 with Kelly on the floor. However, with the roster getting healthy again, Oubre again found it difficult to get a lot of floor time. Wittman has to find a way to get this kid on the floor. He’s a promising talent, who has played great when forced into action, and the Wizards need to keep that talent and confidence flourishing.

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