First it was rookie Glen Rice, then Trevor Booker and now Kevin Seraphin. All three of the reserves have had spells of inactivity with the Wizards, falling completely out of coach Randy Wittman's rotations, but have broken out during this four-game losing streak.
Seraphin is the latest success story.
"I was struggling for a little bit," he said of scoring in double figures for the first time this season. "All you have to do is keep going and you get your confidence back."
The backup center, who had single-handedly erased the Wizards' seven-point lead vs. the Dallas Mavericks in just a couple minutes because of turnovers, failed rebounding chances and fouls, turned in his best performance of the season Saturday. Seraphin had 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting in just 20 minutes. He outscored the entire bench for the Los Angeles Clippers, who still won the game 113-97.
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If he can produce more often than not, accompanied by Jan Vesely's dirty work off the bench and a healthy Nene in the starting lineup, the frontcourt depth doubles.
"He came in and played aggressive. That's what we have talked about," Wittman said. "Come in and do things in a positive manner."
Booker had 24 points and 14 rebounds in a loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Friday. Rice started in a loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday and drew praise from Wittman for his energy and hustle.
Seraphin was decisive in attacking the basket, at least for one game, giving the Wizards a true low-post scoring option off the bench that they can run offense through.
Eliminate the momentum-killing plays, such as giving away the ball like free candy and committing fouls with reckless abandon, and the Wizards can fully trust in their bench again.