Nene's minutes restrictions ended Monday as the 7-footer started for the Wizards for the first time in more than a month.
With four games in five days, the Wizards couldn't have picked a worse time to end a three-game slump. They lost three of four meetings with the Bobcats last season.
Since high school, John Wall hasn't received a Christmas gift.
What had been a weakness with the Wizards -- the bench -- has now become a strength.