Morning tip: No drop-off in rebounding

Morning tip: No drop-off in rebounding
October 18, 2013, 8:00 am
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Highlights: Knicks 98, Wizards 89

WAKING UP with the Wizards on Friday, after a 98-89 loss to the New York Knicks in Baltimore. ...

On first glance, now that the Wizards have have dropped three of four preseason games, there's cause for alarm.

But not really. They've done well in stretches -- just not for four quarters -- as they try to work out the kinks between the first and second units. Bradley Beal is attacking the basket and not just settling for long-range jumpers. John Wall is healthy and still helping make everyone better. 

And though not as apparent but every bit as important, they're not being out-rebounded. Without center Emeka Okafor (herniated disk) for the entire preseason and 7-foot power forward Nene for the last two games (personal reasons), the Wizards are holding their own. 

In the loss to the Knicks, the Wizards won the rebounding battle 44-37. They had 11 offensive which put them at plus-4 in that category.

In a 100-82 win vs. the Miami Heat on Tuesday, they drew even at 39. 

"We definitely have bigs, they just aren’t as tall as these other guys. I mean us, myself, John (Wall) and all the other guards we have to be able to get in and battle and get some boards," said Bradley Beal, who led the Wizards in the last two games with 29 and 21 points. "We do a pretty good job of doing that. We still could do better, but you can’t really complain with what we do.”

Trevor Booker led them with nine rebounds Thursday. Jan Vesely had eight in 16 minutes. Kevin Seraphin, who had just one vs. Miami in his first preseason start, compiled seven rebounds. Rookie guard Glen Rice came off the bench for six rebounds in 19 minutes.

"We've gained rebounds pretty good. Our guards have gotten in there. ... We have to do that," coach Randy Wittman said. "We talked about that when Emeka's injury came up. We got guys that can get in there and rebound. John, he's 6-4. He's got to get in there and come up with five, six, seven rebounds."