The Houston Rockets’ small ball, fun-and-gun, three-point-shooting-contest offense didn’t lend itself to the type of game in which a more traditional, back-to-the-basket big man such as Kevin Seraphin would excel.
Coach Randy Wittman decided to go with more versatile and athletic reserves Chris Singleton and Trevor Booker and paired them with Nene or Emeka Okafor before riding Nene and Okafor to the finish.
Seraphin stayed in his warm-ups the entire game, watching his first Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision of the season unfold as the Wizards overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Rockets, 105-103.
But a fast-paced game and matchups weren’t all that contributed to Seraphin missing his first game for a reason other than injury since March 13, the final game before the Wizards traded for Nene. Seraphin readily admits that he is in the midst of a prolonged slump.
“It’s really tough, but for me, I think I have to be more focused in the game,” he said. “I don’t really know. Right now I’m just in a struggle right now so I need to get back, just keeping working more. I need to do it to get it back.”
Seraphin has certainly lost his way in February, sliding into his worst play since the departure of JaVale McGee. The third-year big man entered this month averaging 10.8 points and five rebounds in about 24.6 minutes a game. But in his past nine games, Wittman’s favorite chew-out target is averaging 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14.1 minutes and shooting 38.9 percent from the field.