Nene is in, Trevor Booker is out, and Kevin Seraphin will again be the starting center for the Wizards as they play their only game in Miami this season. After wins over Chicago and Milwaukee, the Wizards will once again have an opportunity to win their third game in a row, with a little assistance from the Heat’s “maintenance program.”
LeBron James and Chris Bosh will both sit out against the Wizards, leaving it up to Dwyane Wade to carry the load. Dexter Pittman and James Jones will start in their place. The Heat is 1½ games behind Chicago for first place, but Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra said earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference is not the primary objective for his team.
“We evaluate everything based on our terms and what we think is best for us. We want to make sure our guys are healthy going into the second season. Nothing is set in stone.”
Booker participated in some activities in shootaround, but he said he wouldn’t think about returning until Charlotte on Monday, at the earliest. Coach Randy Wittman was fine with starting Seraphin and continuing to bring Nene off the bench for limited minutes.
“After we made the trade, [JaVale] McGee went to Denver, it opened up a playing opportunity for him and the kid has run with it,” Wittman said of Seraphin. “That’s a credit to him and now he has to not be satisfied with that because he is a young kid that has a lot of growth still ahead of him and I am going to push him in order to continue that growth.”
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