Wizards Report November 7Posted on November 07, 2012
First things first, the Wizards know they need to get off to a better start tonight against the Celtics in Boston. The slow starts that have led to early double-digit deficits in two losses have overshadowed continued improvement by the Wizards on defense. Here is today's report: LISTEN: abwizreponov7 Deja Vu: In the season-opening loss to the Cavaliers and then again Saturday to the Celtics, the Wizards had to battle back from a 16-point deficit. Against the Celtics, the Wizards trailed by 16 points in the first quarter and lacked a flow on offense that led to a 4 of 19 shooting mark from the field. Defense: The Wizards defense helped them recover and push the Celtics to limit. After the bad first quarter the Wizards then outscored the Celtics 30-23 including 8 points off 5 turnovers. Jan Vesely had two steals in that quarter to help spark the Wizards comeback. The Wizards are currently tied with Orlando for fifth in the NBA in points allowed at 91.5. Welcome Back: The return of Kevin Seraphin from a calf injury was also instrumental in the Wizards competitiveness against the Celtics. Seraphin, who often was matched up against Kevin Garnett, produced an impressive line with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Seraphin was 8 of 9 shooting from the field. With Nene sidelined, Seraphin delivered the offensive punch on the inside the Wizards were looking for. In addition Seraphin also displayed his ability to knock down a mid-range jumper from outside the lane or at the elbow. Patience: It remains to be seen if there are any changes to the Wizards starting lineup tonight. Head coach Randy Wittman is naturally concerned with getting off to a better start, but has also said he does not want to be changing lineups every game. Against the Celtics, the Wizards starters were 9 of 35 from the field. Rookie Bradley Beal is trying to make the adjustment from pre-season to regular season. Beal was o for 5 on Saturday, and like he did against Cleveland, seemed to be passing up shots. In the pre-season Beal scored in double figures in six of eight games. Trevor Booker was the lone starter in double figures with 11 points and 10 rebounds. "You want guys to understand their roles and what is expected of them," Wittman said. " You have to give that time. If I am going to sit here in the third game and say okay we are starting five new players or 3 new players, I don' t know if that sends the right message. Now if it doesn't improve, then that's a decision I have to go with." Closing games: With 2:56 left in the game against the Celtics, Kevin Seraphin gave the Wizards the lead 86-84. It turned out to be the Wizards last basket. To the Wizards credit, they held the Celtics to just two field goals during that stretch, but on offense they could not find an answer. "We have a lot of new faces and we are doing a lot new things," Wittman said. It has to be a more concentrated situation down the stretch. I didn't think we concentrated on what we needed to do offensively." Celtics: The Celtics are not ready to fade away. It was a dramatic off season with the exit of 11 players from the Celtics including Ray Allen. Still the Celtics have Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo. Rondo is nothing short of incredible. LISTEN: 4F-BOS-RONDO CRAZY SHOT--79-84 Rondo had 12 points and 12 assists against the Wizards. Rondo now has gone 27 consecutive regular season games with at least 10 assists. The Celtics are vulnerable on the boards where the Wizards out rebounded them 46-35.