Pregame warmup: Booker won't play vs. Sixers

Pregame warmup: Booker won't play vs. Sixers
January 20, 2014, 12:45 pm
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(Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards' already tight rotation took a hit Monday when key reserve forward Trevor Booker was declared out before tip-off vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. Coach Randy Wittman called him day-to-day and wouldn't commit to a possible timetable on his return. 

Booker left Saturday's game in the second quarter with a sprained left ankle, depriving the Wizards of a key component they needed vs. the Detroit Pistons who are a strong rebounding team.

The Wizards lost that battle 44-35 and allowed 52 points in the paint and 17 second-chance points. 

Booker's absence means Jan Vesely or Kevin Seraphin will get the call. Vesely played 15 minutes in the last game. Seraphin didn't get off the bench. Of course, that's not an indicator of who'll play based on how Wittman juggles his rotations. 

"Book has been playing very well for us lately, making shots, just playing with his energy and rebounding the ball," John Wall said after the 104-98 loss to Detroit. "It kind of hurt us a little bit."

It could hurt them even more with Philadelphia, which dominated in the paint by scoring 74 points there in the first meeting Nov. 3.  

He needs live action, not only to see where he is from an injury standpoint but to get rhythm back. He's missed five weeks. He's got to get rhythm, coming off screens, catching and shooting. The best way to do that is playing and we don't have a lot of that opportunity to give him right now.