More starting lineup tinkering from Randy Wittman as the Wizards' coach is sending out his fourth different combination of the season, all in the last six games. No combination of any kind will involve Nene.
Emeka Okafor and A.J. Price return to the starting five after coming off the bench the previous two games. Okafor joins Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin in the frontcourt while Price and Beal are the starting guards.
As for Nene, Wittman dubbed the Brazilian big man a "game-time" decision, though before tip Comcast SportsNet's Chris Miller reported the power forward as being "out." In his second game of the season after sitting out over three months with a foot injury, the power forward played 29 minutes in Saturday's double-overtime loss to the Bobcats.
Most interesting about the starting five is the big man pairing. Despite no Nene for the first nine games of the season, Wittman chose not to use his remaining best interior options in Okafor and Seraphin together until the second quarter against Charlotte. Other than Nene, Seraphin is the best low post scorer on the team, but at times lacks rebounding focus. Okafor leads the Wizards with 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, but is shooting only 40 percent from the field.
Price faces Spurs' All-Star guard Tony Parker, who has scored over 30 points in two straight games including 32 in Sunday's double-overtime win in Toronto. Tim Duncan played 41 minutes against the Raptors. Accordingly, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said pregame that he anticpates limiting the 15-year veteran's minutes against the Wizards.