Nene will continue to have minutes monitored

Nene will continue to have minutes monitored
December 20, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Wizards take down Nets

Nov 30, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario dribbles the ball as Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford defends during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Hawks 108 - 101.

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Even though Nene, in his first game back this week from a sore right foot, performed exceptionally well he'll likely still play a reserve's minutes until Wizards coach Randy Wittman is confident that his 7-footer is in top form.

"When you're limited with minutes its sometimes hard to function, to put these guys in position where they're not having to sit out long periods of time, to make sure they're on the floor at the end of the games in the right situation," Wittman said Friday when asked about Nene's role. "Right now, we will (wait) until we can get these guys back into their form and get more minutes."

Nene and Bradley Beal did some individual work but otherwise took it easy Friday, before the Wizards left for their game at the Boston Celtics on Saturday (CSN, 1 p.m.).

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Nene came off the bench with 17 points in 23 minutes at the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, his first game since Dec. 6. Beal, playing his second game since Nov. 23 since a stress reaction in his lower right leg, had 15 points that included a clutch three-pointer with 1:08 left in that 113-107 victory on an assist from Nene. Beal has started two games in a row and averaged 29 minutes per. Both probably will be kept to less than 30 on average.

Though Wittman didn't specify that Nene would continue in that bench role, that certainly appears to be the case. Trevor Booker, who has been the starter in Nene's place, has played well in the four games that he was out. In 24 minutes vs. Brooklyn, Booker had seven points and 13 rebounds -- nine offensive.