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Washington Wizards forward Nene (42) passes the ball as he guarded by Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, left, forward Brandan Wright and forward Chandler Parsons, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Washington. The Mavericks won 105-102. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nene out again against Heat

- The Washington Times

For the fourth consecutive game, the Wizards will be without power forward Nene on Monday night when the Miami Heat come to Verizon Center. He remains out because of plantar fasciitis. Kris Humphries is expected to start in his place.

Washington Wizards forward Nene Hilario, center, is defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker, left, and guard Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

Nene may miss a couple games

- The Washington Times

Nene left Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks following just six minutes on the floor because of plantar fasciitis.

Washington Wizards forward Nene (42), from Brazil, passes behind Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) with forward Greg Monroe (10) nearby, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 107-103. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards push back in the post

- The Washington Times

The Detroit Pistons arrived in D.C. with a counterculture frontline in today's NBA. Three post-based players each standing at least 6 feet, 9 inches tall filled out the Detroit front court in a league addicted to spacing and a basketball world where being among the tallest is no longer an assured route to the paint.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) and forward Paul Pierce (34) talk during final minutes of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 in Miami. The Heat defeated the Wizards 107-95. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Wizards savor breather after grueling season-opening schedule

- The Washington Times

The Wizards must feel like they are on vacation since Saturday. They were off Sunday before practicing Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, the burly Detroit Pistons come to town. That's the start of four consecutive home games spread over the next two weeks.

John Wall embraces fellow guard Bradley Beal after the Wizards beat the Celtics on April 2 to clinch the franchise's first playoff berth in six years. The pair celebrated an overtime victory in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Bulls (below). Washington clinched the series in five games. (associated press photographs)

Beal continues progress

- The Washington Times

Wizards guard Bradley Beal continued to shoot Monday with limited use of his surgically-repaired left hand. Being limited in his use of the guide hand is an improvement over last week when Beal did not use it at all.

Washington Wizards' Paul Pierce, center, drives between Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson, left, and Terrence Ross during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Pierce not a fan of back-to-back games

- The Washington Times

Among the discussions around the league is length of season. The 37-year-old Pierce, not surprisingly, is ready for some changes. He's had enough back-to-back games.