No changes with Beal, Nene but Seraphin sits out

No changes with Beal, Nene but Seraphin sits out
December 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Dec 21, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13) works the ball against Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the first period at TD Garden.

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Kevin Seraphin didn't practice Monday because of a recurring issue with swelling his right knee, and going forward into the holiday break and Friday's game at the Minnesota Timberwolves there still will be minute restrictions on Bradley Beal and Nene.

"It'll be the same," coach Randy Wittman said when asked about the restrictions. 

In three games since returning from a stress injury in his lower right leg, Beal is starting but averaging a shade less than 30 minutes per game. Nene has played exactly 23 minutes in each of the two games he has played since returning from a sore right foot and Achilles. 

"The doctor already spoke to the coach, spoke to the trainer. They know what they're supposed to do," Nene said. "Be safe until they think I'm safe to play my regular minutes.

It's the first time I've had that kind of injury. That takes a little a while. We're doing the right thing to reduce the pain." 

The Wizards (12-13) are off Tuesday and Wednesday and will travel to Minneapolis on Thursday. 

Beal gets daily checkups on his leg and says there's still no pain. His workout schedule varies.

"It's a little bit in-between. We take our time. Some days I ramp it up," he said. "Some days, I take it easy. We're doing a pretty consistent job of just monitoring."

Seraphin already has missed a game because of his knee. The backup center is playing his best basketball of the season, averaging 11 points on 17-for-29 shooting, 58.6%, and 4.2 rebounds in his last four games. 

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