Wake-up call: Seraphin embraces instant offense

Wake-up call: Seraphin embraces instant offense
January 22, 2014, 6:00 am
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Figuring out the bench, or the rotations, hasn't always been easy. Kevin Seraphin and Jan Vesely, however, have given the Wizards hope albeit a small sample size. The post players combined for 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting and 11 rebounds with Trevor Booker out with a sprained left ankle vs. the Philadelphia 76ers.

Seraphin produced his 16 points in just 23 minutes. Aside from appearing for a total of 1:28 vs. the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls last week, Seraphin hadn't played significant minutes since Jan. 11 when he posted 18 points in 23 minutes vs. the Houston Rockets. 

"Very tough. You don't know if you're about to go into the game. That's how it is right now," he said. "It's the NBA. Be ready. That's the only thing I have to do."

Coach Randy Wittman emphasizes defense. If the Wizards (20-20) do their job on that end, he believes the offense will take care of itself. Offense is where Seraphin makes his greatest impact. He's not hesitating on the catch and throwing the ball away when he sees double-teams. He's being more definitive with the ball.

"Offensively is really main thing. I really think I'm a scorer," Seraphin said. "I just playing, being aggressive."

He's OK with the rotation. He doesn't ask questions.

"That's not explained to me. I don't ask why," he said. "I've got Marcin Gortat and Book (ahead of me). They're doing an already great job playing D. I'm just waiting. That's all."

Wittman was complimentary of Seraphin and Vesely, who may get more time Wednesday if Booker isn't able to play vs. the Boston Celtics (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). 

"You're one step away from playing 30 minutes a night. You never know what's going to happen, foul trouble, injury, sickness," Wittman said. "Those two have really taken that to heed and have been ready when they've been called upon. If Book can't go, I feel very confident in either one or both of those guys filling in for those minutes." 

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