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The big man has been glued to the bench or received only garbage-time minutes. Glen Rice, Jr. is also in Randy Wittman's doghouse, but that's on him. Plus, John Wall says Wizards lack a killer instinct.

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There wasn't much happening on the Wizards front yesterday, since they're one day removed from four games in five nights and on the verge of just two games in this week. There were a few things of note, though, so let's get right to the stories.

1. What's up with DeJuan Blair?

The big man has barely played this season. Is he in Wittman's doghouse or is the coach just waiting for the right opportunity to give the undersized big a chance to show what he can do? With Kevin Seraphin's emergence as the primary backup at center, Blair has been pushed further down the rotation than expected.

2. Glen Rice, Jr. in the doghouse

The shooting guard has struggled since the regular season began and isn't happy about it. He may have taken some of his frustrations out on Wittman when he was seen barking at the coach after being taken out in the blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors. Since then, Wittman has elected to keep the young guard glued to the bench for the time being, opting for Rasual Butler instead. Butler provided quality minutes against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

3. John Wall says Wizards lack killer instinct

The Wizards turned up the heat early on against the Pacers on Saturday, but quickly cooled off in the second half, allowing Indiana to nearly complete a 21-point comeback. This is nothing new with the Wizards. For years, whenever they have built a big lead, they have seen it get whittled down to an uncomfortable one before the final whistle is blown. Wall says the team lacks a killer instinct and gave the Pacers too many opportunities.

4. Second unit providing spark

Kris Humphries played a big part in the win against the Pacers. So did Butler and Seraphin. So far this season, the bench has done a good job stepping up and producing when they hit the floor.

"We got to use these games as practices, really, when we play this many games in stretches as we did," Wittman said. "I thought Kris had another good performance for us. Rasual was huge. Just the ability to space the floor. It means a lot. Even though you might not make a shot, they’re going to guard you out there. I thought he came in and gave us a big spark, too."

5. Another look at the Wizards' win against the Pacers

The Wizards improved their record to 5-2 with their win in Indiana on Saturday. The Pacers were missing key players, Paul Pierce struggled mightily with his shooting, and Garrett Temple's hot shooting cooled off. Here's what Conor Dirks of Truth About It took from the game.

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