With the Wizards’ heavy road schedule and a secure spot outside Coach Randy Wittman’s rotation early in the season, Jan Vesely had to wait almost three weeks to make his home debut.

But it didn’t take long for Vesely to win over the fans at Verizon Center with his hustle, as he intercepted an inbounds near half court, tossed the ball out to Glen Rice Jr. – his fellow DNP-CD buddy through the first six games – and caught a lob for a one-handed jam that gave the Wizards a seven-point lead after one period. Vesely got another steal in the third quarter, dribbled the ball up the court and threw down a break away jam to put the Wizards ahead by nine.

Vesely scored four points with seven rebounds and three steals in the Wizards’ 103-96 overtime loss, providing the high-energy production that the team has rarely received from the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.

“Sometimes, it’s tough to stay consistent but I will do my best to be ready,” Vesely said. “The last couple of weeks, I try to stay ready, work on my game and just stay in shape and wait for my chance. The chance came and I want to grab it and keep playing like that.”

Wittman was all but forced into giving Vesely some playing time after Al Harrington went down with a sore right knee and Kevin Seraphin went down with a series of poor performances this season. Vesely play 79 seconds of garbage time in Dallas, then was the first big man off the bench in San Antonio, where he had two points and six rebounds in 22 minutes.

“I was happy that he finally get an opportunity to play,” Marcin Gortat said. “I know he is working hard. I was actually surprised when I came here. He’s here in the morning getting up shots, working on his game. In the afternoon, he’s coming back and getting his shots and getting his work done. With this guy it’s all about opportunity and he finally got his opportunity.”

Never much of a scorer, and a gruesome free throw shooter, Vesely will only more opportunities with his ability to get deflections, force turnovers and rebounding. Wittman felt Vesely answered the call against Cleveland.