It's feast or famine among Wizards' reserves

It's feast or famine among Wizards' reserves
April 13, 2014, 5:30 pm
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John Wall took the contact on a drive and crashed to the floor and showboated there with a shimmy. Only 56 seconds were left in Saturday's blowout victory and Wall wasn't hurt. It begs the question, however, as to exactly why was the Wizards' All-Star point guard still in the game. At home. Against the 15-win Milwaukee Bucks. With a 15-point lead.

It is understandable why coach Randy Wittman is hesitant to empty his bench too soon given his team's uncanny ability to waste big leads late in games. But when Martell Webster made a pair of free throws with 5:07 left, the Bucks were dead in the water at 99-80. 

What if Wall had been injured on the fall? Marcin Gortat didn't check out until that foul on Wall. Bradley Beal, who had a game-high 26 points and has been dealing with aches and pains in his right leg all season, didn't exit until 2:59 remained. Yes, Milwaukee stuck with most of its starters throughout but they only had eight eligible and healthy players.

There weren't a lot of options but the Wizards had some players who could've used the work:

Otto Porter: He played just seven minutes after logging a career-high 26 on Friday, when he was pivotal in a comeback win vs. the Orlando Magic with nine points and nine rebounds. That happened because of an injury concern with Webster and Trevor Ariza, who was battling illness. Porter appeared to have a chance to build on that but in that limited time he only scored two points and took two shots, though defensively he was a presence and forced a turnover. 

Kevin Seraphin: The center played the final 1:10 and missed his only shot. Seraphin has fallen out of the rotation since he has returned from knee soreness and being displaced by Drew Gooden. Seraphin hadn't played in a week and more than seven minutes in a game since March 20. 

Chris Singleton: The forward has been inactive for some games, only seeing action three times since March 20. He only played 54 seconds Saturday and made his only shot attempt. 

Garrett Temple: The guard, who had been the primary backup to Wall for most of the season until they acquired Andre Miller in a trade Feb. 20, only had 55 seconds of action. He hasn't played double-digit minutes since Miller came on board and never more than six minutes. 

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