Nene and Trevor Booker both did not practice on Wednesday as the Wizards prepared to take on Indiana for the second time in eight days. Coach Randy Wittman said both players were feeling better than they did the day before but he wasn’t sure if either player would be available against the Pacers.
Nene had eight points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes in the Wizards’ 79-77 loss to the Detroit Pistons, despite missing the previous game in Boston with back spasms. Booker sat out against Detroit after twisting his knee while attempting a dunk in the first quarter against the Celtics.
Booker has also been playing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot for the past few games, so when asked what is keeping him out, he replied, “ A little bit of both actually. Both of them are sore.”
“I feel better than two days ago. It’s progressing. I’m just taking it day by day. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and hopefully I’ll play,” Booker said. “I’ve been getting treatment and I feel better.”
Kevin Seraphin started in place Nene in Boston and Booker against Detroit and had a combined 27 points and 16 rebounds in the losses, but the Wizards would be shorthanded up front without Nene and Booker. Rookie Jan Vesely would likely get the starting nod at power forward f neither is available, but Brian Cook would be the only other center on the roster. Chris Singleton is also capable of playing power forward.
Booker explained that his knee ailment came on the way up for his failed dunk attempt. “I think I tried to explode too hard and I put a little too much into,” said Booker, whose missed dunk came as the Wizards missed their first eight shots against the Celtics. “We needed something. It still didn’t go in.”