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Jonathan Feigen: Rockets center Nene out for Saturday’s game in Detroit with a bruised right knee, joining Harden, Mbah a Moute, Williams.
Tim MacMahon: Nene will not play for the Rockets tonight. He has a sore knee but wouldn’t have played due to the back-to-back anyway.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene is out with a bruised right knee for the Rockets.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets center Nene, who missed Thursday’s game with a corneal abrasion, returned to practice on Friday and is available vs. Blazers on Saturday.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene out with a scratched cornea for Rockets vs. Jazz tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: In addition to Nene (strained right shoulder), Zhou Qi (sore left calf) listed as out for Rockets vs. Nets. As mentioned yesterday, would have only been recalled if could not play for Vipers tonight.
Mark Berman: Nene has a right shoulder strain. Ruled out Monday. #Rockets
Jonathan Feigen: Nene is good to go for Rockets vs. Suns. Was questionable with a sprained right foot.
Jonathan Feigen: Chris Paul listed as questionable. Nene doubtful.
Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon out with a stomach virus. Trevor Ariza will play well ahead of schedule. Nene also good to go for Rockets vs. Grizzlies.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene to be day-to-day after sitting out tonight.
Jonathan Feigen: Eric Gordon out for Rockets vs. Hornets tonight with tightness in his back. Nene available, but expected to sit out with sore shoulder.
Jonathan Feigen: Nene is out for Rockets vs. Bulls with a sore groin, D’Antoni said.
Jorge Castillo: Nene is back. It’s his first action after missing 19 games.
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.
Nene had an MRI on his left calf strain Tuesday, after the Wizards left to play a game at the Toronto Raptors, to determine if his leg is OK to do more. He hasn’t played since Nov. 27 because of the tear in the muscle. Nene initially injured it six days prior in a game against the Detroit Pistions but made it worse when the Wizards were playing two games in three nights.
He told CSNmidatlantic.com on Tuesday that even though he has been doing more individual drills, he still has to determine if he can push off the injured leg without discomfort before knowing when he can play again.
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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.
He has found himself all over the Miami Heat’s rotation this season — starting small forward, starting power forward, backup point guard. Along the way, it’s almost as if Justise Winslow had lost himself. That’s what made Saturday’s 17-point performance in a 115-89 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at AmericanAirlines Arena so significant.
“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.”