The Wizards won’t have to worry about finding away to work the ball into Nene in the final minutes on Sunday against Boston. After scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 95-92 loss to Atlanta last night, Nene will not play against the Celtics because of back spasms.
As the Wizards are set to play the second game of three in a row, Kevin Seraphin will get the start at center. He is averaging 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in four starts this season. Nene is averaging 16.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 blocks in three games with the Wizards. Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said he thought the Wizards did well in acquiring the Brazilian big man from Denver at the trade deadline.
“They have a consistent, low post scorer,” Rivers said. “They have a guy that takes care of the ball, plays the right way. I think they needed that. They needed a veteran. Forget all the other stuff. They needed a veteran on that team and in that locker room and I think that was a heckuva trade for them.”
Nene still has not played three games in three nights this season. When he was with Denver, Nene played the first two games of a three-in-a-row set and sat the third game.
Before the game, Coach Randy Wittman said the Wizards were still trying to figure out how to play with Nene, especially down the stretch. Nene didn’t attempt a field goal in the final three minutes against the Hawks. “It’s an adjustment, no question, for everybody. But I can’t fault them,” Wittman said. “They’ve tried to do those things and as we move forward and get comfortable, that will get better.”
Wittman and Rivers were teammates in Atlanta from 1983-88.
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