- The Washington Times - Monday, December 1, 2014

No Nene. Again.

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 started in his place.

Missing Monday night’s game means Nene will have missed five of the Wizards’ first 16 games this season. He missed the opener in Miami because of a one-game suspension after being part of an altercation in a preseason game. He has not played since Nov. 22 against the Milwaukee Bucks because of his foot injury. Even then, he played just six minutes.

His absence is strongly noted. In the four full games Nene has missed heading into Monday night, the Wizards (10-5) are 1-3. He gives Washington another scoring option in the post or at the free-throw line, is an excellent interior passer and adds toughness. His presence allows the Wizards to run their halfcourt offense through him at times.

In three of the four games Nene has missed, the Wizards have scored fewer than 100 points.

Nene, in his 13th NBA season, has played 82 games once in his career. Since joining the Wizards in 2011, he has not played more than 61 games in a season because of a variety of injuries.

He is guaranteed $13 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent following the 2015-16 season.

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