Wittman challenges Seraphin

Wittman challenges Seraphin
December 26, 2012, 11:45 pm

Back in early December, it looked as though Wizards power forward Kevin Seraphin had turned the corner and was becoming a consistent inside force.

Not lately.

Since recording double digits in scoring in six straight games from Nov. 26 through Dec. 8, the 23-year-old forward has been held under 10 points in seven of the Wizards’ last nine games, eight of them losses.

“He’s up and down right now,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after watching Seraphin record just four points [2-for-6] and no rebounds in 12 minutes of a 87-84 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night.

“You can’t play 12 minutes and get zero rebounds. That’splaying a whole quarter and not get a rebound.”

Wittman pointed out that the Wizards built a 12-point lead in the first quarter with Nene and Emeka Okafor on the floor. But when he replaced them with Seraphin and Jan Vesely, that lead dwindled to four by the end of the quarter.  

“We got beat on the boards, we turned the ball over 20 times,” Wittman said. “That can’t happen. He’s got to rebound. He’s got to do other things.

“It’s not just about shooting the basketball. We’ve got too many guys that worry just about shooting the basketball and not about the other parts of the game.”