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Wizards’ Nene out 4-6 weeks with sprained knee, no surgery needed

Feb 24, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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When is being out 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee good news?

When you are about six weeks out from the playoffs and you thought you were going to lose an important contributor through the postseason.

The Washington Wizards were concerned starting big man Nene could be gone for the season but an MRI Monday revealed only a strain, reports Ben Standig at

Nene, who injured his knee in the Wizards win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, will miss approximately six weeks with a sprained left MCL, the Wizards announced Monday evening….

Should Nene miss the full six weeks, he would be out until the week of April 7. The Wizards final regular season game takes place in April 16.

Barring an outright collapse, the Wizards will make the playoffs in the East (they are currently the five seed, five games ahead of nine-seed Detroit). But if they are going to need Nene and more than just his 14.2 points and 5.8 rebounds a night, they need his defensive presence.

Check out the numbers. When John Wall and Marcin Gortat are paired the Wizards are +7 per 48 minutes, or +6.5 per 100 possessions. When Nene and Wall are paired Washington still looks good at +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 (the only team with a better defensive number than that is the Pacers). With those three healthy the Wizards are a team with a shot at the second round (so long as they stay out of the seven or eight seed).

And they should have all three for the playoffs (*knocks on wood*)

  1. discountdoublecheck - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:56 PM


  2. unfly - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    They should definitely draft PF/C with their next pick. And don’t pick any more Veselys, Porters, or Rice-tier players.

    • shanelsweet - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      Maybe, but I’d rather they pick those sorts of athletic big men than the big clunkers like Len or Plumlee. It’s nice to watch athletes.

  3. progress2011 - Feb 24, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    This dude’s body must be made of recycled particle board, held together with jello!

    He’s ALWAYS falling apart……While collecting dem checks!!!

    Kinda like having an IT computer guru at your office, who is really good and can resolve most issues quickly……BUT he only comes to work once a month and only answers every other call!

    Is it better to get a more average guy, who is not necessarily a guru but he’s at work everyday early and takes calls on the weekend!

    Think the league need to cut ties with this PLUG!

    • shanelsweet - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Dude, he’s been earning his money much more than the guy he replaced, JaVale McGee. His replacement, Seraphin, is more your kind of guy. They don’t come any harder workers than him. Nene is the long term answer for the Wiz. Start thinking at least 3 years ahead, and you’ll be living Ernie’s nightmare.

      • shanelsweet - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        Man, I wish they allowed edits. My bad. I meant to write that Nene is not the long term answer.

  4. progress2011 - Feb 24, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Shane….Dude I’m glad you updated your post….hahahah

    Cause Nene has regressed since his rookie year in 2002. Down in points, shooting percentage and rebounds.

    He has been stealing for 13 yrs….hahaha

    • wethog66 - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      How can you say Nene is stealing? Yes he is the type of guy to injure himself sneezing, but since he has been with the Wiz the team plays clearly better with him in the lineup than when he is injured.

      Andre Baltche is who I think of in regards to NBA players stealing money. He stole a lot from Uncle Teddy Leonsis.

  5. progress2011 - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    hog 66….

    If you read my full post….I clearly made a statement in the form of a question (that really wasn’t a question)….

    He has been stealing because he is not reliable. He plays 50 games a a season is like going to work 2.5 days a week. The other days of the week, your co-workers, boss, company and customers suffer because the business is short-handed.

    Can’t help ya, if that isn’t broken down enough for ya!

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