Vesely displaces Seraphin in primary backup role

Vesely displaces Seraphin in primary backup role
November 16, 2013, 11:30 am
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WIz finish frustrating road trip on low note

After an off-season of optimism about Kevin Seraphin, who stayed in D.C. to train with the Wizards' coaching staff, the fun-loving, Segway riding, animal enthusiast and backup center finds himself in the doghouse.

Seraphin was the first big off the bench in the first six games of the season, but he burned himself in a 105-95 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

Coach Randy Wittman won't commit to how much he'll use Seraphin, who was awful in that loss that he logged just three minutes and only five the next night in a loss at the San Antonio Spurs.

Jan Vesely, who only had seen one minute in garbage time up to that point, jumped him in the rotation and played 22 minutes in San Antonio. 

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"Boy, you're asking me questions I wish I had answers to," Wittman said when asked about what it would take for Seraphin to regain his minutes. "He just mentally has got to be ready. ... I'm looking for somebody to show me that they're the guy to take advantage of minutes."

Seraphin picked up three fouls in three minutes in the first quarter vs. Dallas. There also was a seven-point sequence that he generated for the opponent as the Wizards lost a 29-23 lead:

  • Jae Crowder scored on a drive and Seraphin fouled him. He missed the free ensuing free throw
  • DeJuan Blair got the rebound and the putback basket. Seraphin fouled him
  • Blair missed the free throw, but Vince Carter beat Seraphin to the rebound and nailed a three-point shot

Just like that, the Mavericks were up 30-29 before the first quarter ended and pulled away in the second to lead the rest of the way.

Seraphin was down on the bench. 

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