Wizards Report November 4

Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio

The Washington Wizards were hurt by turnovers they committed in the closing moments of Saturday’s 89-86 loss to the Boston Celtics,   but ultimately paid the price for a bad first quarter when the home team scored only 12 points and was 4 of 19 from the field shooting. Here is today’s report: LISTEN:WIZARDS_REPORT_NOV4 When head coach Randy Wittman went to his bench, the change was dramatic. The Wizards opened the second quarter 4 of 5 shooting from the field. The Wizards then went to outscore the Celtics over the final three quarters of the game. Kevin Seraphin’s return from a calf injury marked a return to the same high level of play the third-year center showed at the end of last season. Seraphin was 8 of 9 from the field shooting and finishes with 19 points. Fittingly Seraphin scored a jumper from the elbow to give the Wizards their first lead of the game at 86-84.   Trevor Booker on Seraphin: “He can’t be stopped in the post. I’ve always believed in him. If you can get the ball down there he is going to go to work.” Kevin Seraphin on dealing with the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett: “He put some pressure on me.   That’s something I have to learn, I have to learn from it.   He put some pressure on me, I tried to pass the ball and I lost it.   It’s just something I have to work on from some experience.” Seraphin committed one of the Wizards’ late turnovers, but he also almost gave the Wizards an 88-87 lead on a drive to the basket. Seraphin made the shot, but Rajon Rondo had grabbed and the fouled him as he started his drive. The referees ruled the foul was on the floor and the Wizards were given possession instead with :40 seconds remaining. The Wizards defense is worth noting. They only allowed the Celtics 40 points in the second half and held them to 35 percent shooting from the field. Perhaps lost in the numbers, Jan Vesely’s play was critical to the Wizards’ defensive success. Randy Wittman : “I thought our defense was outstanding in the second half. It was as good as we’ve played thus far defensively on a consistent basis.” “Right now with this group, it’s growth. It’s growing, seeing progress. I can’t fault what they did in terms of fighting and clawing tooth and nail right down to the wire after having that start.” Still developing is rookie Bradley Beal. After scoring in double figures in six of eight pre-season games, Beal again struggled to find any kind of flow in the regular season. Beal had only two points and was 0 for 5 from the field. Bradley Beal: “I think my defense was pretty solid.   Offense I just wasn’t involved really.   I wasn’t asserting myself.   I wasn’t being aggressive.   It’s upon me.   It’s nobody else’s fault. I have to be responsible for it.   I have to basically just step up.”        

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Jeremy Hyman - WashingtonWizards.com The Wizards held a long practice on Monday as they continued to clean up some of their mistakes and worked on offensive sets. The team had a special guest watch a portion of practice as international music sensation Justin Bieber was in the building to perform

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