Mixed bag: Wizards by numbers

Mixed bag: Wizards by numbers
October 17, 2013, 11:30 am
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Randy Wittman reflects on when he played in Baltimore

Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman talks with forward/center Kevin Seraphin (13) during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Garden.

(Greg M. Cooper)

Sometimes numbers don't lie. Looking back at what happened in the Wizards' last preseason game, a 100-82 win vs. the Miami Heat, and what digits have to improve for them to be more successful going forward:

0: Total minutes played by Otto Porter. 

1: This was the rebound total for Kevin Seraphin, who started in this game. Our Ben Standig saw coach Randy Wittman chewing him out on the bench during a timeout, and it's likely his lack of aggression on the boards was at least part of the reason. 

6: For a team without a traditional center on the floor, the Wizards racked up this many shot blocks. And 7-footer Nene didn't play because of a family matter. 

20: The Wizards have committed at least this many turnovers in all three preseason games. They don't have to be like the San Antonio Spurs, who can keep it to single digits at times. Just nineteen would be a huge improvement. 

26: A preseason-high in assists vs. Miami, as John Wall led with way with eight and six other players chipped in with at least two. 

35: The total points from the bench, which was a glaring weakness for this team last season when it finished tied for last in the NBA in scoring offense. 

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