Wittman open to making Nene's reserve role permanent

Wittman open to making Nene's reserve role permanent
December 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
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The plan all along has been to limit the minutes played by Nene, who has been bothered by a sore right foot and Achilles, until he's able to return to the starting lineup. Given how the Wizards have been playing, however, maybe not. 

After Sunday's practice, coach Randy Wittman weighed in on his team which completed a 3-0 week, all on the road, with a victory Saturday at the Boston Celtics. Nene played in the last two, after missing four games, and has logged 23 minutes in each. He has shot 10 of 16 for 30 points, made 10 of 13 free throws, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and just one turnover. 

Bradley Beal is under minutes restrictions since returning from a stress reaction on his lower right leg to start the week, but he's in the starting lineup and being kept to just less than 30 minutes per game.

Trevor Booker is starting at power forward for Nene. Martell Webster, who had been starting with Beal out, is gladly back to being a reserve even though he plays starter's minutes. 

"Right now, it just works that way with the minute restrictions on both those guys have one come off the bench. Now I can at least have one of them on the floor with the bench instead of starting both of them and having to take them both out and restrict them at the same time," Wittman said. "Listen, if we're playing good in a certain way we're going to continue that."

Wittman has yet to sit down with the team doctor about altering any of the minute restrictions for Beal and Nene heading into Friday's game at the Minnesota Timberwolves (CSN+, 9 p.m. ET).

Now that the road trip is over, that'll be discussed Monday before or after practice.