With the schedule toughening up a bit over the next week or so, it's nice to finally get an update on Kevin Seraphin, who was beginning to play well in the month of February before having to sit out after experiencing swelling in his right knee. Per J. Michael of CSN Washington, Seraphin practiced for the first time in about three weeks, and could return to the court on Wednesday as the Wizards face-off against the Charlotte Bobcats.
A lot has changed since Seraphin last played on February 23rd in Cleveland. Nene suffered a sprained left MCL that should keep him out until at least the middle of April. Drew Gooden was signed to a pair of 10-day contracts, and is playing surprisingly well as of late. And the Wizards offense has shifted from the plodding, post-up heavy attack to a more dribble-drive based attack featuring multiple shooters on the perimeter for John Wall.
So integrating Seraphin, who operates best on the low block, will be tough. And Gooden's play as of late doesn't help his cause either. He's quickly integrated himself to the bench unit, bailing the offense out with his midrange prowess, while occasionally stepping back behind the line and sinking threes. It's spacing galore for the AARP unit, one that allows Andre Miller to make plays with his back to the basket as well as in semi-transition.
But as J. Michael noted in his story, the Wizards will need Seraphin's ability to defend the post against Al Jefferson on Wednesday night, and again on Friday against the Orlando Magic. Nikola Vucevic pounded Washington inside to the tune of 19 points and 14 rebounds in their previous meeting three weeks ago, and something tells me the duo of Harrington and Gooden won't cut it during this important stretch of games.