Rice completes strong weekend with Iowa Energy

Rice completes strong weekend with Iowa Energy
January 26, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Glen Rice's stint in the D-League could be ending soon, or maybe he'll stay a little while longer. He returned from surgery on his right shooting wrist and has been working his way back to form with the Iowa Energy.

Saturday, Rice had 28 points on 11-for-21 shooting, 13 rebonds and three blocks in a 106-96 win vs. the Erie Bayhawks. Sunday, in a rematch with Erie, Rice had 29 points on 9-for-15 shooting, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a 111-110 loss. 

What does any of this have to do with the Wizards (21-22)? Probably not much. D-League statistics can be misleading, especially when a player isn't in the same system that his NBA team uses. Unlike the Houston Rockets and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, for instance, the Wizards don't have what's called a one-to-one relationship with a D-League team where it hires the staff, front-office personnel and coaches to groom players for their system.

Generally speaking, it is much easier to get off clean looks as the defenders aren't as big, long, strong and athletic as NBA competition. 

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Rice needed playing time so he could rehabilitate his right hand, which underwent an outpatient procedure Dec. 17. Based on coach Randy Wittman's rotations and the lack of practice time because of the schedule, sending Rice to Iowa made sense.

He's averaging 2.9 points in 11 appearance for Washington where he has made just 5 of 17 three-point shots. Just because of his D-League numbers, don't expect him to suddenly crack the rotation unless health becomes an issue again for the Wizards.