The Nene era got off to a great start in Newark, New Jersey tonight. His double-double in his Wizards debut helped lead the Wiz to a 108 to 89 victory over the Nets. This meant the Wizards got win number 11 on the season and, of course, half-priced Papa John’s pizza for everyone tomorrow!
Now on to the Bullets Points:
- Tonight was the beginning of an era with Nene, but it was also the beginning of the “Andray Blatche being shut down because he’s fat and out of shape” era. And the box score helped point that out.
- Wizards fans couldn’t have asked for anything more out of Nene in his debut. He scored 22 points (9/13 FG), had 10 rebounds, two assists, and a block in 31 minutes. Is it too soon or too cliche to start “Nenesanity”? Yeah, let’s not do that. But I do love me some Nene.
- Coming to Washington along with Nene was something called “ball movement”. It caught me a little off guard. I’m not used to seeing it, but I liked it.
- How about some of the plus-minus stats registered tonight? Chris Singleton led the way with a plus-29 in his 30 minutes. Second on the team was John Wall with a plus-26 in 35 minutes on the floor. Overall, all five starters had a positive plus-minus, and only two players had a negative plus-minus — Edwin Ubiles (minus-6) and Shelvin Mack (minus-7).
- Even with the strong play of Nene and Kevin Seraphin up front, Kris Humphries had another big night against the Wizards. Remember opening night? Kris Humphries was booed by the fans at Verizon Center following his divorce with Kim Kardashian, but he still managed to put up 21 points and 16 rebounds. Tonight was pretty similar. In his 35 minutes he had another 16 rebounds, along with 13 points. Part of that is because Kris Humphries is a good rebounder, sure. Another part is due to a lack of size up front for the Wizards. Kevin Seraphin only had 3 rebounds and Trevor Booker had nine rebounds, but we know his size disadvantage at just 6-foot-7.
- Tonight was not Shelvin Mack’s night.
- Nets’ star point guard Deron Williams was ejected in the third quarter, as was Nets head coach Avery Johnson. I’m guessing Deron Williams didn’t really care.
- Here is tonight’s box score
It was a pretty cool night to be a Wizards fan, and luckily we won’t have to wait long to see Nene and the Wizards take the court again. Next up for the Wizards (11-34) is a game tomorrow night vs. the Indiana Pacers (26-18).
Long live Nuh-nay.