Wittman on Maynor: 'We're going to need Eric'

Wittman on Maynor: 'We're going to need Eric'
January 19, 2014, 10:30 pm
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Washington Wizards point guard Eric Maynor (6) passes the ball as Orlando Magic point guard Ronnie Price (10) defends during the first half at the Verizon Center.

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For four straight games Wizards coach Randy Wittman has essentially stuck with a tight eight-man rotation. That's largely kept Kevin Seraphin, Otto Porter, Chris Singleton and, before Saturday's game, Jan Vesely on the bench.

Eric Maynor was already there. Whether Wittman's played eight, nine 10 or 11, the reserve point guard's number hasn't been called in a while.

Maynor, signed this offseason to serve as John Wall's primary backup, hasn't received more than five minutes in any game since Dec. 2 against the Orlando Magic. Since then, he's played in four of 21 games and just mop up duty in those contests. His last points came in a Dec. 6 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. With Maynor running the offense, Washington's bench ranked last in scoring.

Meanwhile, Garrett Temple has taken over as Wall's backup thanks to a successful blend of steady, smart and defensive-minded basketball.

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With Maynor planted on the bench, all that can be asked of the coach is what it would take for the former VCU star to get back on the court in meaningful circumstances.

"Eric's working. That's what he's got to continue to do. His time and situation will come," Wittman said before Saturday's game against the Detroit Pistons. "We're going to need Eric. He's been good, he's working hard, he's staying ready and that's what he's got to do."

The overall questions about the shorter rotation remain, even though Washington has won three of four since Wittman made the change. 

"You have 15 players and only five are allowed out on the court at one time," Wittman told media members. "I know you guys think I should play 15, but you can't. You just have to be ready, that's the main thing. You have to stay professional and [Eric's] been doing a great job. He's helping Garrett. He helps John. He's talking, he's being active and he's working hard in practice."