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Three numbers for Al Harrington’s 2013-14 season

Al Harrington was limited to just 34 regular-season games due to knee surgery but had a 4.1 net rating in those contests with the Wizards (EPA/Michael Reynolds).

Al Harrington’s first season with the Wizards amounted to just 40 regular-season and playoff games — 30 more than his tumultuous stint with the Orlando Magic, who bought out his contract last summer but far from enough to make the impact that both he and the Wizards had hoped he could as as stretch four when he signed a one-year contract for the veteran minimum.

Here are three notable numbers from Harrington’s 2013-14 season:

Games missed after undergoing surgery to remove loose particles in his right knee. The soreness and subsequent operation deflated a season that began with promise for Harrington, who averaged 7.9 points off the bench through the first seven games of the season. He struggled to get back into playing shape and was mostly left outside the playoff rotation until the latter part of the Wizards’ second-round series with Indiana.

Double-digit scoring performances in the final three months of the season after being sidelined following knee surgery. Harrington’s ability to stretch the floor with his outside shooting — he shot 34 percent on three-pointers — allowed him to score in bunches during second- and third-quarter stretches for the Wizards. He also benefited from playing with a former Denver Nuggets teammate in Andre Miller as well as another experienced veteran in Drew Gooden, forming a trio that Wizards Coach Randy Wittman affectionately called the “AARP Group.”

Net rating (or number of points the Wizards outscored opponents per 100 possessions) when Harrington was on the floor during the regular season. Only Miller (4.3) and Marcin Gortat (4.8) had higher net ratings for the Wizards. Granted, Harrington’s numbers are drawn from a sample size of just 34 regular-season games but his impact at the beginning of the season both on and off the court as well as his bursts of positive energy during the late-season stretch proved critical in the Wizards’ sound mix of young and veteran playmakers.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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