Nene sits at his locker, draped in bandages and ice packs.
He’d just helped the Wizards end a two-game losing streak with a 104-87 win vs. the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday. It was Nene's best game in almost a month as he chipped in 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots in 31 minutes.
Though he wasn't as much a factor in the second half, Nene sparked the Wizards to a 49-29 lead in the second quarter when he scored 10 points. Fortunately for him it was a blowout because Nene struggled to see the finish line.
“I’m going to be honest here, I was so tired,” Nene said. I didn't know how I could play. I was weak.”
The Wizards played the previous night at the Brooklyn Nets, who beat them 95-78. But the back-to-back wasn't the reason for his discomfort.
“See that? That’s the answer here. I got all kinds of ice on my body,” said Nene, who had both knees and his right (shooting) wrist wrapped in ice. On the bench during the game, he had an icepack on his right shoulder that forced him to miss two games recently.
"This year has been really, really physical. You put (on) ice to be able to walk the next day. That's how it is."
In his 11th season, Nene is averaging 12.7 points and 6.9 rebounds, his lowest output in a full season since 2006-07.
The Wizards are off Sunday and will practice Monday. They travel to play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET).