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Nene to have MRI on knee, Wizards concerned there is torn ligament

Feb 24, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

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Washington’s dream of a deep playoff run could have just snapped along with Nene’s knee.

Nene had to leave the court against the Cavaliers Sunday and did not return. It was scary because there was no real contact on the play, Nene had raced back to challenge a shot, leapt and when he landed it was awkward and he was clearly injured. At the time that was called a knee sprain, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com but the MRI is Monday.

But the concern around the Wizards is this is a ligament issue that could end Nene’s season, reports Michael Lee at the Washington Post.

There is a fear among some members of the Washington Wizards that Nene is done for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee, although the team won’t know for certain until the Brazilian big man meets with team doctors and has an MRI exam on Monday. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, “It doesn’t look good.”

Nene out for the season and the playoffs would be a blow to Washington.

When Nene is on the court the Wizards defense is 6.7 points per 100 possessions better than when he is sitting — Washington jumps from a below average defensive team to a top 5 defensive team when he plays. Think they could use that in the playoffs?

Less Nene means the Wizards will lean heavily on Marcin Gortat plus need more Kevin Seraphin.

Look at it this way: When John Wall and Gortat are paired the Wizards are +7 per 48 minutes, or +6.5 per 100 possessions if you prefer. With Nene and Wall are paired it is a still good +5.4 per 48, or +5.3 per 100 possessions.

But when Nene, Wall and Gortat played together they were +10.1 per 100 possessions and allowed only 95.7 points per 100 possessions (that is better than every defense in the NBA this season except for the Pacers). If the Wizards were going to make a real dent in the playoffs they needed that combo.

We’ll find out Monday if they get to have it.

  1. obmig - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    Huge Wizards fan here. All my friends and I were hoping they would trade him before the deadline. Not because he doesn’t produce, but because we knew this would happen. They couldn’t keep giving him those minutes and not expect this.

    • spursareold - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Something about Brazilian bigs, they just can’t stay healthy. Nene, Varejao, and Splitter all spend more time on the shelf than they should.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Even Barbosa.

  2. therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Nono !

  3. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Is this guy in the top ten for worst contracts?

    • aboogy123456 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      He’s a big man getting paid $13 million and playing very well. Yes, ideally he is a few mil less, but that’s the market price. I’m sure you can find at least 30 worse contracts in the NBA. Also, his contract doesn’t really hurt the Wizards because the year that Nene is off the books is the same year that Beal gets his raise.

      • obmig - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Simmons gets way too cute sometimes. His contract wasn’t that bad.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Isn’t he always hurt. I am Knicks fan we always lead the league in Worst Contracts. I was not trying to put the guy down

    • casualcommenter - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      If he had no injury issues, he’d be one of the best contracts in the NBA given how much bigs are overpaid.

      However, with his injury issues…I’d be willing to guess that the Wizards probably regret giving him the contract, but I don’t think the deal is top-10 worst in the NBA either. He is very good for his team when he does play, and his deal runs out in just 2 years, so it’s not to bad.

      Bill Simmons recently put his deal as one of the 30 worst, and that sounds more right than top 10. I’d probably do 40 worst.

  4. sportsnut101 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    He always gets injured Just release him

  5. unxpexted1 - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Man if this team could just be healthy for one year. They always seem to get injuries to what seems like major contributors. Even back when they had Arenas, Jamison, and Butler….one was always hurt. A couple years ago it was Ariza, nene and wall, beal, Okefor, now Nene again

    • sire2334 - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I agree…We can blame management all we want (and trust me I do often) but this team is just snake bitten.

  6. jabronikid - Feb 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    can this be due to his testicles not being there anymore?

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