Seraphin introduces new left hook to Garnett

Seraphin introduces new left hook to Garnett
November 6, 2012, 2:45 pm
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As a rookie with the Wizards two years ago, Kevin Seraphin reached double digits in scoring twice in 58 games.

Last season, he reached double digits 25 times in 57 games, including his final 16 games of the season.

So after scoring 19 points in his season opener against Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics Saturday night, is the 23-year-old power forward from Cayenne, French Guiana ready to have a breakout season in the NBA?

“We definitely want to get the ball to him,” Wizards teammate Trevor Booker said after Tuesday’s practice at Verizon Center. “It seems like every time he throws up that right-hand hook it goes in. Now he’s added the left-hand hook and he’s looking unstoppable.”

Seraphin’s 19-point, seven-rebound performance was his third-best scoring output of his career and it came against one of the NBA’s  best defenders. That could make for an interesting rematch Wednesday night when the Wizards visit the Celtics [7:30, CSN, 106.7 FM, 1500 AM] at TD Garden.

“It does give me some more motivation to keep doing it,” Seraphin said. “That game was a good game and now I have to keep doing it. There are 80 games left and I have to prove I can be consistent and play like that all the time.”

Seraphin came off the bench in the Wizards’ 89-86 loss to the Celtics Saturday night, but with Emeka Okafor struggling in his first two games with a total of 13 points and 14 rebounds, it’s not a stretch to suggest Seraphin may make his first start of the season on Wednesday night. He started the final 15 games for the Wizards last season.

Whether he starts or not, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he doesn’t want Seraphin to get caught up in trying to outscore Garnett, who on Saturday put up 15 points and seven rebounds. Wittman also said he wouldn’t be surprised if Garnett adjusts to that new left hook of Seraphin’s.

“He’s the best competitor I’ve ever been around and he’s going to try to eliminate that part of Kevin,” Wittman said. “Kevin just needs to stay within who he is and things will be fine.”

Seraphin said he knows it will be a challenge to have the same kind of success against Garnett as he had against him Saturday night.

“He will be ready for me, but I will be ready for him, too,” Seraphin said with a smile. “He’s a good player and I know for sure he won’t let me score 19 points again and for me that’s a challenge because I have to do it again. Now I have to bready for him like he’s going to be ready for me.”

Seraphin, who speaks with a thick French accent, said he and Garnett didn’t do a whole lot of talking on the floor Saturday night, but after a couple of timeouts, he said Garnett would not allow Seraphin to take a shot, playfully blocking his attempts.

“Next time," Seraphin said, "I’ll just put it higher."