NEW YORK -- Nene will make his first appearance since Dec. 6, when he left a home game limping because he could no longer take the pain in his right foot. He was in the lineup Wednesday at the Brooklyn Nets, but his minutes will be limited.
The Wizards (10-13) entered 1-6 without Nene in the lineup, but he made it clear after practice Tuesday that tendinitis in his Achilles makes him cautiously optimistic about how long he can last. Nene entered at 3:34 of the first quarter with the Wizards ahead 25-14.
Coach Randy Wittman started Trevor Booker, who has been solid in relief. Booker had three consecutive games of scoring in double figures and consecutive double-doubles. He only scored six points in Monday's win at the New York Knicks, but he made all three of his shot attempts.
Nene made his first shot at 10:02 of the second quarter, a fallaway jump shot over Andray Blatche to put the Wizards up 37-30. He also jumped the passing lane and stole the ball from Brook Lopez, going end-to-end for a transition layup and was fouled. Nene made the free throw for a 55-47 advantage.
He scored eight points on 3-for-6 shooting in nine minutes played of the first half.