Otto Porter has made only six appearances, but coach Randy Wittman used him for key minutes in the fourth quarter of a close game, against Boston on Saturday, for the first time.
Nene has been so effective in playing just 23 minutes a game since returning from a sore right foot that Wizards coach Randy Wittman might leave well enough alone.
NBA officials are truly letting the players decide the outcome of close games, and this past week's games as well as a few earlier losses by the Wizards, prove it.
Having Nene and Martell Webster come off the bench is working out better than expected for the Wizards, who have gotten 39 points a game from reserves during this three-game win streak.
The Wizards already had the upper hand on the Nets with a better record and two wins against them, but they've now lost Brook Lopez for the season with a broken right foot -- again.