Nene, who has been dealing with nagging injuries all season long, has officially “declared himself out for the last two games of the season.” The Washington Wizards have struggled to pick up wins as of late, and Nene doesn’t see the purpose of playing in meaningless games to close out the season. According to J.Michael of CSN Washington, Nene addressed the situation by stating
Let the young guys play. … That’s not necessary, to play the last two games. For what?
With Nene out of the lineup, Washington’s other forwards will receive additional playing time. Trevor Booker, Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton and Kevin Seraphin will all be asked to fill in for Nene’s absence. In the past few games, Chris Singleton and Jan Vesely have gotten more playing time, while Booker slid back to the bench.
Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza will also be shut down for the remainder of the season. Webster has been dealing with an abdominal strain for quite some time, and his return to the lineup was questionable for the past week or so. Trevor Ariza has also been dealing with a sore left knee. Cartier Martin will take their place in the starting lineup.
I’ll be interested to see if Washington decides to shut down any additional players. Their lineups have been rather thin lately, but preserving health of key players will be detrimental.