Playing Wizards rookies together seems to work

Playing Wizards rookies together seems to work
December 14, 2013, 9:00 am
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Highlights: Hawks 101, Wizards 99

Maybe the Wizards stumbled onto something positive, even in a crushing defeat Friday to the Atlanta Hawks in overtime.

Coach Randy Wittman had been reluctant to play his two rookies, Otto Porter and Glen Rice, together. That's why in the previous game to the Denver Nuggets, Rice was thrust into the starting lineup to replace Martell Webster, who was out with a left ankle sprain. 

This experiment might've changed his mind for Saturday's game vs. the Los Angeles Clippers at Verizon Center (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). 

With Webster back in the lineup, Wittman went with Porter, Rice, Garrett Temple and Jan Vesely off the bench. 

Here's what Wittman said earlier in the week when asked about his ever-changing rotations: "It's always a feel thing for me. How is the game going, where are we at in the game, especially in the first quarter. Do we have a good rhythm, do we have a good flow, is the pace good. That's how I coach that. It changes from game to game. I've played around with a lot of things in the rotation."

Porter entered in the final 20 seconds of the first quarter vs. Atlanta and made his first field goal as a pro. Thirty-six seconds into the second, he made another shot. Temple assisted him on both. 

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A rebound by Temple led to a layup from Vesely. Rice drained a three-pointer. Temple made a layup. Rice buried another three-pointer. Then Temple sent a lob to Vesely for a dunk. And like that, the league's lowest scoring bench coming into the game at 18.6 points per game, staked the Wizards a 35-28 lead. It would be their largest of the game.

Temple had four assists in 16 minutes of play. Vesely and Rice had eight points and five rebounds each, playing just less than 20 minutes. 

That likely translates into Eric Maynor and Chris Singleton not playing for the second game in a row.