Knee bruise puts Kevin Seraphin in limbo

Knee bruise puts Kevin Seraphin in limbo
December 30, 2013, 9:00 am
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(Associated Press)

Like Bradley Beal, Kevin Seraphin is dealing with a bone bruise in his knee. Unlike Beal, who incurred the injury to his left knee last week but didn't miss action, Seraphin hasn't practiced or played in nine days going into Monday's game at the Detroit Pistons.

"I had something before that," Seraphin said about swelling in his right knee that forced him to miss a game earlier this season. "This one, I got a bone bruise in the Boston game on the rebound. I fell bad."

Seraphin feared the worst when he hurt his knee until an MRI on Friday showed that there was no structural damage. Later that night, in a game in Minnesota, Beal hurt his knee and received good news after his tests. That Seraphin had swelling issues in the same knee before the bruise probably contributed to his inability to bounce back as quickly as Beal. 

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The backup center had been feeling good about himself after a rough start to the season in which he fell behind Jan Vesely in the rotation. Seraphin earned back his playing time and averaged more than 20 minutes in three of his last four appearances. But the Wizards (13-14) have managed without him, with Nene still playing with a minutes restriction because of a sore right Achilles and Vesely fouling out in eight minutes in Saturday's home win vs. Detroit. 

At some point, however, they're going to need his big body. Seraphin's play has improved ever since Nene returned from his foot injury and began coming off the bench to share the court with him.

"I'm day-by-day right now," Seraphin said. "We don't really know. We check. The day when I feel I can, I'll be on the court."