Pregame warmup: Wizards must run without Nene

Pregame warmup: Wizards must run without Nene
November 29, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, in Milwaukee.

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For the Wizards to get to .500 for the first time in four years, they'll have to knock off the NBA's most dominant team -- on the road.
And without Nene (right Achilles). Jan Vesely will start in his place. 
The Indiana Pacers (14-1) have won their last five games, and they have the size inside with Roy Hibbert and David West as well as the defensive ability to lock down any team.

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They've held the Chicago Bulls, with Derrick Rose, to 80 points; the Memphis Grizzlies to 79; the Minnesota Timberwolves to 84; and the much-improved Charlotte Bobcats to 74 earlier this week.

The Wizards can be shaky in half-court sets when the first unit leaves the floor. They've got to continue to push the pace behind John Wall, convert the chip shots and make Hibbert's foot speed a liability.

"We got to get stops and get the ball off the boards and run. We got to create a pace that's to our liking and not get into a situation where we're walking the ball up and down the floor," Wittman said. "Their five guys are in tune in the half-court. We got to try to create scoring opportunities before they get set up."

The Wizards won't have Al Harrington (sore right knee) again, but Wittman said he is optimistic the forward will be back possibly by next week. The Wizards play the Atlanta Hawks at Verizon Center on Saturday (CSN, 7 p.m. ET). 

No Nene means Kevin Seraphin, who has fallen out of the rotation, will be the first post player off the bench for Washington.

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