Nene is back, after missing the previous game in Boston with back spasms, but the Wizards will be without Trevor Booker for the first time this season as they take on the Detroit Pistons. Booker is out with right knee tendinitis and Kevin Seraphin will replace him in the starting lineup. Booker was injured in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 88-76 loss to the Celtics when he twisted his knee as he jumped and missed a dunk.
The Wizards (11-37) won the first meeting against the Pistons, 98-77, at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. Since that game, the Pistons have gone 8-11 while the Wizards have gone 5-15.
Pistons forward Greg Monroe and John Wall will meet for the first time since they crossed paths in the Rising Star Challenge and Monroe pilfered the ball from Wall as he attempted to throw a bounce pass lob to himself for a dunk in the closing seconds of a lopsided game.
“I don’t care about that,” Monroe said. “That was a long time ago. It wasn’t anything serious, I don’t think. I’m not going in there worried about facing John Wall after that. It’s the Pistons versus the Wizards and I’m trying to win a game.”
Wall laughed when asked about the incident. “We’re going to joke about that one,” Wall said, “but I’m going to let him live.”
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Tipoff: 7 p.m. TV: Comcast SportsNet; Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM). Check out a live box score for today’s game here.