The Wizards have been playing some of their best basketball of the season over the last five games, but if they are to beat the Indiana Pacers, Washington will have to do so without Nene. The Brazilian power forward will miss the Pacers to rest his Achilles. Jan Vesely will start in Nene's place.
Nene gives the Wizards their best interior player, averaging 15 points and six rebounds in 13 games this season. Meanwhile Vesely is averaging almost three points per game and five rebounds in nine games.
Nene will be the second projected starter to miss the game against the Pacers, joining Bradley Beal on the injured list. Beal is out for at least another week to rest a leg injury.
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The Pacers have the best record in the NBA at 14-1, and present a significant challenge to the Wizards even if the team was fully healthy.