Jan Vesely’s bounce pass to A.J. Price was a tad too slow and a tad too low, allowing Toronto Raptors reserve Sebastian Telfair to knock away the ball and send Price scrambling. Price recovered the ball in the back court and kept his eyes on Vesely the entire time he dribbled back up the floor.
Vesely ran behind a screen from Bradley Beal and raised his left hand, signaling for a pass. Price, about 10 feet behind the three-point line, tossed up the lob and Vesely rammed the ball with two hands. Given a rare opportunity to play significant minutes with Nene out with a sore right knee and Emeka Okafor in early foul trouble, Vesely scored nine points and grabbed a season-high eight rebounds in the Wizards’ 109-92 win over the Raptors.
“He played great,” Price said of Vesely. “He’s so talented as a player, the only thing he lacks is confidence, so that’s my job as a point guard, to bring him with me and try to instill some confidence in him.”
On many occasions this season, Vesely has either run away from the ball or tried to quickly get rid of it – he had five field goal attempts in his previous three games. But the second-year forward wanted the ball in the first half and both Price and John Wall were looking for him. At the end of the second quarter, Vesely watched as the Raptors collapsed on Wall, waiting for him to penetrate, then dipped into the lane, where Wall found him for a layup.