Seraphin tops list of reserves with something to prove

Seraphin tops list of reserves with something to prove
April 14, 2013, 11:30 pm
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The Wizards can point to a lot of reasons for their four consecutive losses, but as the season winds down coach Randy Wittman is running out of options.

They have a 7-32 road record with two games left in the regular season at the Brooklyn Nets at 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday and at the Chicago Bulls at 8 on Wednesday. Both will be televised by CSN.

The Wizards’ last road victory was March 22 when they erased an 18-point deficit at the Los Angeles Lakers. Only the Charlotte Bobcats have a worse road record at 6-35. 

That also is the last time they won back-to-back games on the road, knocking off the Phoenix Suns two nights before.

“We've got to look more to fortify our bench as we move forward,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.

Now that the Wizards will be without forwards Nene, Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster, those players will get a chance to prove they can fill that void.

Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely will get more time. And as center Emeka Okafor's minutes decrease, it is a chance for Kevin Seraphin to prove himself, too, among others.

“It’s hard to play all three when Nene and Emeka are playing,” Wittman said. “Cartier (Martin) played 37 minutes the other night. There’s an opportunity there for him that he hadn't had. Those situations are going to arise for all of our young guys these last two games.”

Seraphin gets consistent minutes. He averages 22 minutes a game. But he has been uneven when it comes to shooting accuracy, defensive rotations and getting rebounds.

When Spencer Hawes grabbed an offensive rebound and got a putback for the Philadelphia 76ers as they pulled away for a 97-86 victory Friday, he did it in front of three Wizards. One of them was Seraphin.

In the Wizards' upset of the Indiana Pacers earlier this month, Seraphin played 36 minutes but had only four rebounds to show for it. In 19 minutes of a loss at the Toronto Raptors, he was on the floor 19 minutes. Seraphin pulled down just one rebound.

“He’s had his ups and downs this year. He’s starting to come back around, play with a little bit more confidence,” Wittman said recently about Seraphin. “Again, the thing that he’s got to turn around for himself and we've got to continue to work with him is rebounding.”

Seraphin averages 9 points and 4.3 rebounds. He only shoots 45.8% from the field.

“You want to always have the ability to maybe stay afloat through injuries,” Wittman said of looking for answers from his bench. “That hurt us a little bit this year.”