Trevor Ariza is ill, though the team hasn't called it the flu.
Forgotten in the topsy-turvy end to the Wizards' season is that while they've fallen a spot to the No. 6 seed, they've gone 12-9 without Nene.
This is why the Wizards, nor any other team for that matter, wants to meet the Chicago Bulls in the postseason.
About the Wizards rounding into top form in time for the playoffs, Exhibit A is Bradley Beal.
Measuring up to elite post players inspires Wizards center Marcin Gortat to play better. In Friday's win the New York Knicks, he did most of his damage early.