Sitdown with coach puts Seraphin in a zone

Sitdown with coach puts Seraphin in a zone
December 26, 2013, 11:45 am
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Only recently did Kevin Seraphin find his way out of coach Randy Wittman's doghouse. The backup center for the Wizards didn't play in four games because he'd fallen out of the rotation and another because of swelling in his right knee. 

Seraphin missed practice earlier this week because of his knee but should be available when the Wizards (12-13) play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday (CSN+, 8 p.m. ET).

Seraphin, who has had a down season with averages of 4.7 points on 48.2% shooting and 2.0 rebounds per game, didn't play the first time these teams met at Verizon Center on Nov. 19. But Seraphin is back in Wittman's good graces. In his last four games, Seraphin is averaging 11 points on 58.6% shooting and 4.2 rebounds.

Playing alongside Nene, who has been moved to the bench for the last two games since returning from a right foot injury because of minute restrictions, has helped. Martell Webster is back with the second unit, too, with the return of Bradley Beal to the starters three games ago. Beal also under restrictions because of a stress reaction to his lower right leg. That has created more of a window for playing time. Seraphin has supplanted Jan Vesely as the first post player off the bench.

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"It makes a big difference with Nene back and Bradley back. That's a big difference," Seraphin said. "We need them. For the bench, we're starting to step up game after game.

"I had a long conversation with the coach. He told me what to work on, to be focused more and try to think the game more. That's what I'm trying to do right now. I try to be focused all the time, try to get in my zone. Every time I pay attention to the game plan, what we do on defense, what I'm surpassed to do on offense."