The Wizards will be without starting big men Nene and Trevor Booker on Sunday as they attempt to take on the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Center. Both players went down with pulled left plantar fascias in the Wizards’ 97-76 victory over Philadelphia, which ended a five-game losing streak.
Seraphin replaced Booker with 5 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first period against Philadelphia and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and a career-high three assists. In six starts, Seraphin is averaging 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Vesely hasn’t started since Feb. 3, when the Wizards lost to Toronto, 106-89. Vesely grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against the 76ers but he and his fellow rookies Shelvin Mack and Chris Singleton have had rough rookie seasons.
The Wizards (12-39) are 3-7 since acquiring Nene, but they are 2-4 with him in uniform. They were able to hold on against the 76ers after Nene left with 7:18 remaining and the team up by 14 points. Nene and Booker are both wearing suits and walking boots on their left feet in Toronto.
Coach Randy Wittman will likely have to rely more on reserve Brian Cook and Singleton will also get some time at power forward. The Wizards have won two out of three games against the Raptors this season, but they have also lost four straight games in Toronto.
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