At one point, Trevor Ariza didn't think he'd be back on the court soon for the Wizards. He said he heard "a pop" in his right hamstring when he went down two weeks ago.
When Otto Porter went down with a right hip flexor strain Sept. 13, he knew it would be a while before he got back on the court with the Wizards.
The last two games have taken a toll on Nene, particularly the Wizards' latest stretch of four in five days. The way he sees it, opposing teams are simply trying to rough him up.
The Wizards weren't going to wait for Carmelo Anthony to have an explosion before making an adjustment defensively.
They launched a pre-emptive strike.