Every now and then, Kevin Seraphin will show flashes of being a reliable center.

He contributed 16 points for the Wizards in a win at Phoenix on Wednesday. With Emeka Okafor missing that game because of the flu –- Seraphin came off the bench and Jason Collins started –- Seraphin’s contributions were that much more important.

Seraphin, however, only grabbed five rebounds in 30 minutes. He hasn't posted back-to-back games scoring double figures since January.

“I try to be more (physical) in the paint, use my body,” Seraphin said recently. “I try to fight. Even if I don’t have the rebound, I make sure my guy don’t have the rebound.”

Coach Randy Wittman has lauded his ability to read the floor and make the right decision with the ball. Seraphin was 8-for-11 shooting against Phoenix.

The Wizards (24-43) play at the Los Angeles Lakers (36-33) on Friday night (CSN, 10:30 p.m. ET).

"He's getting to understand it a little better and better. Double-teams? He's doing a much better job of staying patient, not going too quick, reading to see back if they're coming back right away and then getting rid of it to the first open," Wittman said recently. "A lot of times, that was his problem. He was trying to make the great play out of the double-teams (instead) of getting rid of it so you don't get yourself into trouble."