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Seraphin ready to return for Wizards

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Sports,Pick and Roll,Craig Stouffer

After two days of practice following almost three weeks out of action with right calf strain, Wizards forward/center Kevin Seraphin pronounced himself ready to play when Washington opens its home slate on Saturday against the Boston Celtics.

“I don’t try to convince myself I’m ready,” Seraphin said. “My body and me, we know we’re ready.”

The third-year big man from Guyana has been out since Oct. 13, staying behind to rehab while the Wizards were on the road for the final five games of the preseason and Tuesday’s regular season opener at Cleveland.

He first returned to practice on Thursday, after which he said there was some discomfort in his calf, which he then had drained. On Friday he said he could play two minutes or 40. He also has a history of playing well against the NBA’s best centers, such as Dwight Howard, and he’s anxious for the challenge of facing Kevin Garnett.

“The first practice, yeah, I was a little bit tightness because I have like blood between my muscle in my calf,” Seraphin said. “So yesterday we go to hospital to pull it out. Now I feel good.”

Wizards coach Randy Wittman desperately needs some additional bulk in the frontcourt – Seraphin said, “Everything I do,” when asked about what he can bring to Washington’s front line. But the coach wasn’t totally sure about Seraphin’s availability or whether he’d have a minute limit if he does play.

“You never know that second or third day how it feels,” Wittman said. “We’ll monitor that, then I’ll talk to the doctors before the game to get of grasp of if there will need to be a minute thing.”

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