The day after matching his career high of 30 points, Nene went down hard in the middle of the third quarter with an injured left knee in a game the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He didn't return to Sunday's game after contributing eight points on 4-for-10 shooting, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and a block. The team called it a knee sprain.
Nene was running back on defense to challenge a shot and appeared to come down awkwardly on his left and not make contact with another player at 6:13.
The initial diagnosis on the sprain rarely is the final analysis as players will get X-Rays at the venue before getting a more detailed MRI which usually will take a day to arrange and process. The Wizards later confirmed the MRI would be Monday.
Kevin Seraphin, not Trevor Booker, replaced Nene in the lineup.
Nene has been relatively healthy since being in and out of the lineup earlier in the season because of right foot soreness. When he returned from that lingering injury, he played on a minutes restriction.