Nene and Trevor Booker will likely miss their third consecutive game on Wednesday as the Wizards play the Indiana Pacers for the third and final time this season. Both big men have missed the past two losses with plantar fasciitis, and while they have been improving, Coach Randy Wittman didn’t expect to have either of them against Indiana.
“They are feeling better – but probably not tonight,” Wittman said at the morning shootaround. “We just have to see their progress.”
Kevin Seraphin and Jan Vesely will start at center and power forward, respectively, giving the Wizards their least experienced starting lineup – two rookies and three second-year players – for the third game in a row.
“Jan has been really active, doing a good job on the boards. It’s a good experience for him. It’s really good for him to get minutes right now,” Roger Mason Jr. said. “Kev’s been playing good the last 20 games and especially since the trade happened. Those guys are continuing to develop and it’s important for the future of the team.”
In the past two games, Seraphin and Vesely have combined for 55 points and 21 rebounds, but the Wizards have had problems on the glass and the defensive end.
The Raptors and the Bucks combined to outrebound the Wizards, 91-66, and shot 50 percent (80 for 160) from the floor. Milwaukee dominated the Wizards inside with 54 points in the paint and also grabbed 13 more rebounds. “It’s difficult. ... We get tired,” Seraphin said after the Wizards’ 112-98 loss to the Bucks. “We miss Nene and Book and it’s difficult to play like that.”
Seraphin has played better with extended minutes and is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds in eight starts this season. Vesely has improved his production in his past two starts, averaging 12 points - - and four rebounds. He had a career-high 14 points against Milwaukee. In his first five career starts, Vesely scored a total of 11 points.
“We have to continually have him be aggressive. He has the ability to make plays, get to the rim,” Wittman said.