Nene, Crawford out against Thunder

Nene, Crawford out against Thunder
January 7, 2013, 6:45 pm
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On the same day the Trevor Ariza and A.J. Price return to the lineup, Washington will face Oklahoma City Monday night without Nene, Jordan Crawford and Cartier Martin.

That's right, just another run of the mill day in Wizards land.

Asked if any of his injured players would return against the Thunder, Randy Wittman said during his pregame press conference that both Ariza (left strained calf) and Price (fractured right hand) would come off the bench.

What the Wizards (4-28) coach neglected to mention is that the team's two top scorers and leading 3-point shooter would sit following Washington's 99-71 loss at Miami on Sunday night.

The team confirmed later that Nene would miss his 13th game of the season, this time with right knee tendonitis. The Brazilian power forward missed five of six shots and scored five points in 22 minutes against Miami. Nene previously missed games with a left foot injury.

Jordan Crawford sits with a sore left ankle, the same injury that sidelined the Wizards leading scorer (15.6 ppg) on Dec. 29 at Chicago. Crawford played on 15 minutes at Miami.

Cartier Martin is out with a hyper-extended left knee. In 23 games, the reserve forward is shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Kevin Seraphin replaces Nene in the starting lineup, joining Emeka Okafor and Martell Webster in the frontcourt. Bradley Beal and Garrett Temple start at the guard spots.

Ariza missed 17 games after suffering a calf injury on Dec. 4 against Miami while Price sat out the previous 15 games. Price, injured Dec. 8 against Golden State, will play with a small pad on the top of his hand. Due to lack of conditioning, Wittman doesn't expect either player to receive heavy minutes against the Thunder (26-7).

In case you were wondering, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are active and playing.