Coach Randy Wittman sent a message by benching three starters to start the second half on Tuesday in Milwaukee. Wittman will continue to take a tough stand, as he benched regular starters JaVale McGee and Nick Young in favor of Kevin Seraphin and Jordan Crawford in their first the Wizards’ first game at Verizon Center since the all-star break.
The Wizards (7-27) lost a tough one to the Bucks, falling 119-118 after being down by 22 points in the second quarter. McGee didn’t play the entire second half, and Young was used sparingly, while Trevor Booker responded to his benching by scoring 16 of his season-high 20 points in the last two quarters.
“There’s going to games where things don’t go your way and we as a team have to try to overcome that with other things. And that’s everybody, not just Nick and JaVale,” Wittman said. “I found a group last night that went out and battled their tails off to put us in a position to win and that’s basically why I went with them down the stretch.”
McGee has struggled historically against Magic center Dwight Howard but Seraphin scored 12 points with seven rebounds when the teams met on Feb. 1 in Orlando. The Magic (22-13) comes to town under the cloud of the Howard saga and looking to get back on the winning track after shooting just 37.8 percent from the field in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks just before the break.
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