Wizards coach Randy Wittman hinted he might make a change in the starting lineup after the Boston loss on Saturday night. The starting five of A.J. Price, Bradley Beal,Trevor Ariza, Trevor Booker and Emeka Okafor struggled mightily from the jump, falling behind Boston quickly, 17-2. It was a hole the Wizards actually got out of because bench players like Jordan Crawford and Kevin Seraphin ignited the comeback, but in the end Boston got the 89-86 win.
Crawford and Seraphin may have showed enough to get the nod to move back into the starting five. Both starters at times last season, Crawford scored 21 points against Boston while Serpahin was sharp, garnering 19 points and 7 rebounds. Crawford could replace rookie Bradley Beal at shooting guard while Seraphin could start at center, supplanting Emeka Okafor. Beal went 0-5 from the field and scored just 2 points versus Boston while Okafor shot 1-6 for only 3 points.
It's not just Beal and Okafor that could head to the bench. Veteran small forward Trevor Ariza, who has struggled since the pre-season, didn't score against Boston in just 17 minutes of play and he could be replaced by Martell Webster or even Jan Vesely. It's only two games but Ariza right now is offering very little as a starter.
A.J. Price likely sticks for now at point guard because his backup Jannero Pargo is more of a shooting guard who can play some point and Pargo is better served coming off the bench. Power forward Trevor Booker was the only starter to have a pretty good showing against Boston. Booker scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.
Without normal starters guard John Wall and center Nene, there is little room for error for the Wizards who, if they want to compete can't afford to get off to such a dreadful start. Expect Wittman to make some sort of move before Wednesday night's game.