When Nene is on the court, the Wizards’ defense is 15.2 points per 100 possessions better than when he sits. That’s why he’s key to them. He’s been a bit of a drag on the offense this season but they are just not the same defensive team when he is not on the court.
And he’s not going to be on the court for a bit.
Nene is out Tuesday night and may miss more time than that due to plantar fasciitis, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com.
Nene has been plagued through his career with plantar fasciitis — an inflammation of the soft tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, a condition that makes it painful to run, ergo hard to play basketball. It’s flared up again and the only good treatment is rest and time off the foot.
“I’ve got to take care of this thing,” he told CSNwashington.com.
Nene missed seven games because of his foot last season. When he returned, he came off the bench for 12 games and averaged 23.5 minutes per. The Wizards were a combined 7-12 during this time.
Nene is too important to this team to have him miss time in the games that actually matter later in the season, so you give him as much time off as he needs in November and December. The Wizards have big goals for this season and they need to act like a team thinking big.