Pregame warmup: Little room for Booker to play

Pregame warmup: Little room for Booker to play
November 12, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Despite being declared healthy since dislocating the left index finger on his shooting hand more than a week ago, Trevor Booker has fallen completely out of coach Randy Wittman's rotation until Kevin Seraphin got into foul trouble Tuesday night. Seraphin played three minutes at the Dallas Mavericks and picked up three fouls. 

He hasn't missed practice since the injury, which occurred in the third quarter of a 103-93 loss at the Miami Heat on Nov. 3.

Booker has been in uniform, too.

But since Marcin Gortat has gotten acclimated to his new team and Nene returned from a left calf strain, there appears to be no room for Booker. 

He averaged 23 minutes per game in starting the first three and shot 10-for-16. But the Wizards also lost all three of those games.

Having Gortat at center and Nene at power forward not only gives the Wizards more size in the low post, but it adds an offensive weapon that they did not have in Booker.

Yes, Booker is a hustle player who can clean up missed shots but the Wizards can't run offense through him the way they do Gortat and Nene, both of whom can create their own shot or shots for teammates because they command double-teams when they get the ball. Booker does not.

Wittman has used Al Harrington, who stretches the defense because of his three-point shooting ability, off the bench at Booker's spot. When he decides to go small ball, Wittman will use Trevor Ariza, a natural small forward, there.