Beyond the box score: What we liked

Beyond the box score: What we liked
November 4, 2012, 11:00 am
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Beyond the Box Score

The good:

*Kevin Seraphin, marksman (Or as they might say in his native French Guiana, tireur d'elite). Out since Oct. 13 with a right calf strain, the 6-foot-10 center returned to action with less than four minutes remaining in the first quarter. By the end of the first half, perfect on five shots while adding some juice to a lackluster offense in the process. Overall, 8 of 9 from the field for 19 points including two well executed hook shots against Kevin Garnett. Dating back to last season, that is 17 straight games in double figures and eight in a row making at least 50 percent of his attempts. Yes, there was a costly late game turnover on a pass to seemingly nobody in particular, but Seraphin immediately showed his strong close at the end of last season was no fluke. Barring any injury setback, we should all be stunned if he's not in the starting lineup Wednesday in the rematch at Boston.

*During last month's media day, Jordan Crawford answered a question about his gunner reputation by saying, "When it’s time to score, I score. That’s how it should be. The past two years we probably had a total of 18 players hurt since I’ve been here. If you go in an arena with eight players, who else is gonna shoot?”

There were some chuckles had regarding that final line because, well, that's Crawford's modus operandi in a bite-sized quote. With the way this team is struggling for offense, nobody is laughing now, not after he led the Wizards with 21 points by sinking an efficient 8 of 14 shots. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson 's character in A Few Good Men, even when Crawford takes some wild shots, the Wizards want him on the ball, they need him with the ball. Keep bringing him off the bench (if Bradley Beal receives some scoring help with the first unit, that is) or not. Until other options, just keep giving him the ball. Who else is gonna shoot?

*Led by Seraphin and Crawford, the bench scored 62 of Washington's 86 points. Cartier Martin didn't see the court until the final six minutes, but quickly delivered with five straight points that pulled Washington within three at 82-79. Jannero Pargo's stat line includes four assists, four rebounds and four baskets on seven attempts.

*One game after being pounded on the glass in Cleveland, Washington finished +11 rebounding against Boston (46-35), led by Trevor Booker's 10 rebounds. Seven players finished with at least four boards.

For the bad and interesting, click here.