Game On: Booker-Nene combination working

Game On: Booker-Nene combination working
April 12, 2014, 11:30 am
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Nene still is playing less than 20 minutes and coming off the bench since his left knee injury, but as long as it's working coach Randy Wittman has shown he won't try to fix what's not broken when it comes to the starting lineup. 

Trevor Booker, who has been starting in Nene's place since he went down Feb. 23, is playing some of his best basketball in the last two games. He has shot 11-for-15 from the field for 30 points. Nene is 12-for-20 for 27 points. 

This scenario unfolded earlier in the season when a foot injury put Nene out. He missed four games and then returned Dec. 18 at the Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards won four of their last five games to end 2013 with Nene as a reserve. Then they went 2-5 to begin the new year and Wittman made the switch. The Wizards won three in a row, knocking off the Chicago Bulls twice and the Miami Heat. 

Of course, Nene's report on how he feels after missing 21 games and playing in the last two shows that the Wizards can't get to comfortable about his status just yet.

"Sore. Sore. I've been sore. I twist my ankle, my right, my left, above my knee. My is back sore," he said. "My knee is swollen." 

TV: The pregame show Wizards Central is on CSN at 6:30 p.m. ET. Tipoff from Verizon Center is 7 and Wizards Postgame Live immediately follows the conclusion. Radio: 106.7 FM.1500 AM. 

Last game: Wizards (41-38) won at Orlando Magic 96-86 on Friday; Bucks (15-64) beat Cleveland Cavaliers 119-116 on Friday. 

Last meeting: Washington won 114-87 in Milwaukee on March 8, but went scoreless in the first 7:03 of the third quarter and blew what had been a 28-point lead.  Season series: Washington leads 2-1.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards –- PG John Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Trevor Ariza, PF Trevor Booker, C Marcin Gortat. Bucks –- PG Brandon Knight, SG Ramon Sessions, SF Khris Middleton, PF Jeff Adrien, C Zaza Pachulia.

X-factor: With Ariza (flue) and SF Martell Webster (various) still not at full-strength, Otto Porter should get more time off the bench. ... Milwaukee doesn't have C Larry Sanders (suspension) and O.J. Mayo (right ankle). 

Around the bend: The Wizards will be off Sunday after playing a back-to-back set, shoot around Monday morning at Verizon Center and play the Miami Heat later (CSN, 7).