Until the Wizards are able to reach a winning record, Nene doesn't want to hear talk about their inability to get there. For the third time this season, the Wizards failed, and at Verizon Center no less, to win and get over .500. The Wizards (19-20) were pummeled in almost every statistical category and wasted double-digit leads in both halves in Saturday's 104-98 loss to the Detroit Pistons. It's a narrative that has grown old quickly for the 7-foot Brazilian.
"I think we need to stop talking about this .500. We need to go out there, give our best," Nene said. "I don't care about this .500. I just care about if we played hard, if we deserve it, we're going to win. If we don't play good, details are going to make the difference in a game like tonight. So I don't care about this .500."
Nene isn't the only player who has grown weary of the talk.
"Sometimes we pressure ourselves too much. Somebody needs to not tell us our record," said Bradley Beal, who shot 2-for-14 in the loss. "Just go out and play. Every time you tell us .500 we press ourselves too much and end up not showing up."