NEW YORK – Wizards big man Nene is back after missing the previous four games with tendinitis in his right Achilles’ but Coach Randy Wittman said he will be available for “spot minutes.” Trevor Booker will remain in the starting lineup as the Wizards attempt to win two in a row and beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time this season.
Washington (10-13) prevailed 112-108 in overtime on Nov. 8 when the teams met at Verizon Center. Nene had 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win. He also added an emphatic block on Kevin Garnett. The Wizards are 9-7 with Nene and 1-6 without him this season.
“Just gives another body to play through. Another facilitator on the floor,” Wittman said. “Kind of the same things that Bradley [Beal] brought back to us, the ability to make plays. That helps in a lot different ways, having John [Wall], Bradley and him to be able to facilitate a lot of our play. we know how important he is to that, with his ability, not only from an offensive standpoint, but defensively, a bright guy from a basketball IQ standpoint, you can’t have too many of those.”
The Nets have gone 3-1 since Deron Williams return from an ankle injury. Williams is averaging 18.8 points in his past four games. “They’re playing the way they want to,” Wall said. “Deron is back to his old self, of being healthy, has that bounce in his step. He’s being more aggressive. Joe [Johnson] is being more aggressive. Bringing Paul [Pierce] off the bench. We just go play our game, play defense.”
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