Morning tip: Harrington stabilizes offense

Morning tip: Harrington stabilizes offense
October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
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WAKING UP Wednesday with the Wizards, after a 100-82 victory vs. the Miami Heat at Verizon Center the previous night. …

Just to think, a few days ago, Al Harrington didn't play because of a left thigh strain. 

He not only contributed 14 points in his best outing with the Wizards, who signed him as a free agent in the off-season, but was a key cog on several occasions as they overcame the Heat.

"We had little bit of a stretch there towards the end of the third quarter they made a little run where it could have got a little dicey," coach Randy Wittman said. "He kind of calmed it down a little bit. He's been in those situations. He's not going to panic. He's going to be in the right spots."

Harrington first appeared with less than three minutes left in the first quarter. His three-pointer cut the deficit to 25-23. He hit another early in the second quarter. 

In the third quarter, entered at about the same point when he substituted for Kevin Seraphin. Harrington had  a steal, a three-pointer, a lay up and assisted Jan Vesely on his only field goal with a lob for a dunk. 

"We got to continue to work him into shape," Wittman said of the 33-year-old, who only played 10 games with the Orlando Magic last season because of a staph infection in his right knee. "He went basically a year without playing. This is his first action. He's still not where he's going to be. We got to keep pushing that with him."

The Wizards, however, will have to help him on the defensive end. Harrington's lateral movement isn't what it used to be given his age and conditioning right now. 

"I can definitely hold up for 20, 24 minutes. With us being real short of NBA bigs I may have to play 30," Harrington said. "I'm going to have to continue to push my fitness."

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