Role players lack win to show for effort

Role players lack win to show for effort
April 16, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Nets-Wizards game highlights

Maybe Nene’s words had an impact, or maybe not, but the Wizards gave a better effort in Monday’s 106-101 loss at the Brooklyn Nets.

Nene (left foot/right knee) has excused himself from the last two games of the season as he struggled with injuries all season, but there are a lot of players on the Wizards (29-51) who are playing for jobs next season -- in Washington or elsewhere.

"It was a good opportunity to show what we can do, the players who hadn't been playing that much," Trevor Booker said. "I think for the most part everybody showed up pretty good."

  • Booker: Started in Nene’s place, played 33 minutes and statistically performed well. He was 8-for-12 shooting for a season-high 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Six of his rebounds were offensive. But Booker made a major mistake in the waning minute, backing of Tyshawn Taylor and allowing him ample space to knock down his third three-pointer of the game.

  • Jan Vesely: Came off the bench to play 27 minutes and had an impact in the first half. He made 4 of 5 shots, three of them coming on lobs from John Wall and A.J. Price. But Vesely also had three turnovers as he still seems uneasy with the ball when he has to keep possession.

  • Chris Singleton: Played 20 minutes as a reserve and looked more comfortable offensively than he has been in quite some time. He shot 3-for-4 for six points but had three turnovers.

  • A.J. Price: Only logged 19 minutes and had four points on 1-for-4 shooting and four assists. Price is just 4-for-17 in his last two games after he scored a career-high 23 on 8-for-12 shooting April 10.

  • Garrett Temple: In 39 minutes as a starter, he produced 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting. It was Temple’s best output since March 18. He also had three turnovers.

  • Kevin Seraphin: In 26 minutes in reserve, he went 8-for-12 for 17 points. More importantly for the center, he had seven rebounds, an area that coach Randy Wittman has demanded to see more improvement.

  • Cartier Martin: Starting for the second game in a row with Martell Webster out with an ab strain, had 14 points in 32 minutes. Made 4 of 7 three-point shots and hauled in eight rebounds. Martin made a three to tie the score at 101, the Wizards’ last points, with 1:43 left in the game. Martin turned the ball over on an inbounds play two minutes prior, failing to get rid of it in five seconds with the Wizards ahead 96-95.