Storyline: Nene Injury

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The Washington Wizards will be a little more complete for their showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night at Verizon Center as Nene confirmed he will return after missing 19 games with a strained left calf and Gary Neal (quad) is also likely to suit up. Nene, 33, hasn’t played since exiting Washington’s loss to the Boston Celtics on Nov. 27. The backup center is averaging 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 17.4 minutes this seaason. He leads the team with a plus-6.1 net rating in 209 total minutes in 12 games.
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February 25, 2018 | 6:22 pm EST Update
Ersan Ilyasova and the Hawks have been discussing a buyout over the past several days, and Atlanta has been eager to allow Ilyasova to join a playoff team and contend down the stretch of the season. Ilyasova has considered several possibilities with playoff teams, including Philadelphia, Golden State, Cleveland, Milwaukee and Toronto.
“It’s been a lot. It’s been hard to find a rhythm, especially being in so many different units, different rotations, different positions,” Winslow said, as the Heat turned their attention to Tuesday’s meeting with the Philadelphia 76ers, the second game on this five-game homestand. “But I’m versatile and sometimes I feel like that can be to a fault, because you’re just kind of plugged into different spots. “But for me it’s just about going out there and doing whatever the team asks me to do, whether it’s being a power forward, being a backup point guard. And so my head was a little scrambled at times this year. But I’m just trying to lock in and focus on any way to help this team get to the playoffs.”
Against the Grizzlies, he was as locked in as he has been this season, shooting 7 of 12 from the field, 2 of 3 on 3-pointers, with seven rebounds and three steals, albeit against a team of second-tier talent for the tanking Grizzlies. Still, as a matter of perspective, Winslow had scored 17 points in his previous five appearances combined. “It hasn’t been easy for him this year, what we’ve asked of him,” coach Erik Spoelstra said of the 21 year old. “I can appreciate that. I can understand that. His role has changed probably more than anybody on that roster. He hasn’t made any excuses for it. I wouldn’t expect him to. Been a backup point guard, he’s been a backup three man, been a starting four, he’s been as starting three for us. He just wants to be out there and be able to help and contribute. I like it when he’s aggressive on the attack. His finishes were a lot better [Saturday] and he’s really been working it.”