After playing a career-high 32 minutes on Monday night, it looks like Wizards center JaVale McGee might finally be getting more minutes and a chance to prove his worth as a first round draft pick.
With just 22 games to go the Wizards (14-46) appeaer ready to get taht chance. According to DCExaminer.com, McGee will likely get longer looks on the Wizards’ four-game road trip, which begins Wednesday night at Oklahoma City.
“This isn’t quantum physics. There’s a simple concept here. If you play well, you’ll play,” coach Ed Tapscott told the publication. “Energetic play will receive the benefits of additional play. He gave us energy [Monday].”
McGee also provided some inside presence on Monday, a precious commodity for a team that has been starting 6-foot-9 Darius Songaila at center.
“He got some blocked shots last night because he played in front of the rim, which is what we need him to do,” said Tapscott. “I also thought he was better in his pick-and-roll coverages.”
Tapscott’s mantra when dealing with questions about McGee’s playing time is “flow of the game.” There are matchups that the Wizards seem hesitant to expose McGee to. Two of those might come on this road trip, at Dallas (Dirk Nowitzki, Erick Dampier) and at San Antonio (Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner).
But Wednesday against Oklahoma City and Nenad Krstic, expect McGee to play longer.