Nene makes season debut against Atlanta on Wednesday

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
Nene and Wall injuries have left the Wizards offense offensive. (Getty Images)

Update 7 p.m. ET: Nene was activated against the Hawks and came off the bench. Nene has returned. We'll let you know how he does.

Update: Nene said at the Wizards' shootaround Wednesday he's still sore from his first real practice, and that while it's still possible he plays, it's not looking good. From The Washington Post:

“It's a chance,” Nene said, scrunching his face as he stretched. “If you ask now, I'd say no.”

At least he's close. It's a step forward for the Wizards. We'll keep you updated on what happens with the power forward.


Ric Bucher of CSN Bay Area reports:

Look for Nene to make season debut on Wednesday

Nene went through a full two-hour workout today and while it remains to be seen how he responds tomorrow, there's a good chance he could go vs. the Hawks. Happy Thanksgiving to the Wizards, indeed.

Nene told The Washington Post:

“To see how my body responds. Right now, it's sore, a little bit. I just try to control and do what I can do,” Nene said. “Step by step, getting there, getting better. I try to be positive and try to control what I can do.”

The Wizards, how can I put this -- they need Nene back like the Titanic needed sonar. Like Custer needed some time to think it over. Like Bryon Russell needed an offensive foul called. They have drowned in the mud of their own offense through these first three weeks. They simply cannot score and the offensive load is falling on playes who can't. Everything was built around John Wall and Nene. Without them, the entire structure crumbles under its own weight.

This could get the Wizards their first win and start the long road back. But that depends on where Nene is. The condition he's dealing with, plantar fasciitis (with foot sprain complications) is extremely painful and it can take months for a player to get right again.

God help the Wizards. Randy Wittman is at his wit's end, so to speak.

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