Add Nene to the list of the Wizards' players who are dealing with soreness or injury, though what happened in Friday's 115-104 loss to the New York Knicks appears to involve his lower back and not his troublesome right foot.
Nene came off the bench and ran the floor well for six points on 3-for-4 shooting in the first half. He didn't leave the locker room after the halftime and stayed behind to get treatment.
When asked about Nene's availability after the game, coach Randy Wittman said, "I don't know. ... Just tell me if a guy can play or can't play. I don't know. I haven't gone in there. I saw him in the hallway (leaving) already some hopefully it's not something too bad."
But CSNmidatlantic.com confirmed from multiple persons with knowledge of the situation that Nene tweaked his back during game action. If it was gradual or came on a particular play isn't clear. But the Wizards don't believe it's serious nor are overly concerned that he'll miss significant time as a result.
Garrett Temple (left hamstring) was one of six players who didn't play for Washington because of an ailment but indicated it's not an issue and could've played if this were the regular season.
Nene, who looks significantly lighter and came into training camp in top form, has had repeated issues with his right foot because of plantar fasciitis, a soft-tissue irritation. It causes severe pain under the foot and can agitate the heel. If it flares up, it tends to linger problem because it heals with rest and treatment. So far he has been pain-free in that area.
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