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GETTING READY FOR TIP-OFF ... The Wizards will have their hands full when they play the Miami Heat, winners of the last two NBA championships, later tonight (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).
Of all the role players being discussed in relation to the Wizards' ability to win, from Jan Vesely to Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker can be an afterthought.
But when healthy he can be their most valuable low post reserve. In his fourth season, Booker recently returned to practice after missing all of training camp at George Mason University with a sore right knee.
Before the tip, coach Randy Wittman inserted Booker in the starting lineup for the first time at power forward, sending Vesely to the bench. Seraphin took the starting spot at center with Nene out because of "personal reasons."
Booker had three points on 1-for-2 shooting and six rebounds in 18 minutes in his first preseason game Saturday, an 83-81 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Booker isn't going to stretch the floor with his shooting range or score 20 points per game, but he'll do a lot of the little things correctly in the hustle department.
"I thought Book was really good (vs.) Chicago. I thought he was our best big," Wittman said. "Running the floor, activity, making the simple extra point, not trying to do to much. I was really pleased with him."
Top rookie draft pick Otto Porter still isn't ready to play yet. He still hasn't participated in contact drills at practice.