8-man rotation leads to leg-weary 3rd quarter

8-man rotation leads to leg-weary 3rd quarter
January 16, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Strong 1st half carries Wizards to victory

At some point, fatigue will be an issue for the Wizards since coach Randy Wittman isn't calling on Kevin Seraphin, Jan Vesely and Otto Porter any more. The first signs of it showed in the third quarter Wednesday's 114-97 win vs. the Miami Heat.

That's whey the Wizards (18-19) committed nine of their 12 turnovers. Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat and John Wall played all 12 minutes of the third. Wall had four turnovers for the game, with three coming there. They were outscored 29-17 and had the lead trimmed to 86-77 going into the fourth. In Monday's win at the Chicago Bulls, the Wizards only used eight players. 

"I think it's good," Bradley Beal said of the eight-man rotation. "Of course, we're a little winded at times but that's just something we have to suck up and move on from. ... I think we can get into a better rhythm that way as well. Everybody is still warm. Everybody knows what to do and knows what they expect." 

Much like when Nene was coming off the bench and the Wizards won seven of nine games during one stretch, Wittman won't be inclined to change anything as long as his team is winning. At some point, however, because of foul trouble or someone isn't playing well, he'll eventually have to go deeper into his bench. 

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But worth nothing is that Wittman is getting by with this tight rotation with Beal still playing under minutes restrictions since returning from a stress reaction in his lower right leg last month. He played 29 minutes vs. Miami and 30 at Chicago.