Minute limitations challenge Wittman's rotations

Minute limitations challenge Wittman's rotations
December 19, 2013, 11:30 am
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Wittman pleased with effort in win

NEW YORK -- Of all the issues Wizards coach Randy Wittman has to deal with -- half-court execution, reserves who hadn't been producing, losing close games in the last two minutes -- monitoring minutes for Bradley Beal and Nene could be his most important duty yet.

In Wednesday's 113-107 win at the Brooklyn Nets, he started Beal for the second game in a row after missing almost a month because of a stress reaction in his lower right leg. But Beal, who played 30 minutes in Monday's 102-101 win at the New York Knicks, was scaled back to 28 total minutes and expects that to continue for a few more games. Nene, who played his first game since Dec. 6 on Wednesday because of right foot tendinitis, came off the bench and scored 17 points in 23 minutes.

Nene and Beal were on the floor to end the Nets game. The Wizards went into the fourth quarter leading 85-77:

  • Nene began the quarter with Garrett Temple, Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Kevin Seraphin
  • Nene came out at 8:43 for Marcin Gortat
  • Beal entered for Ariza 42 seconds later and played until the end
  • Nene re-entered for Seraphin at 4:58 to finish the game next to Gortat
  • Trevor Booker, who started at power forward in place of Nene, didn't play in the fourth but contributed with seven points and 13 rebounds, nine offensive, in 24 minutes

“It’s a juggling lineup with the minutes restriction and stuff," Wittman said. "You got to try to handle not losing a lead early in the fourth but not wasting minutes so you don’t have (them) at the end. ... I’d like to get a calculator out over there after timeouts.”

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