For the Wizards this is almost too good to be true. They're healthy and will be at full-strength for the postseason with no setbacks for Nene, Trevor Ariza being past the flu, Martell Webster over back issues and Bradley Beal avoiding re-injury of his right hip, ankle and lower leg.
Nene, who has missed 22 games since Feb. 23, played in his fourth since returning from a left knee ligament strain and was sharp in the regular-season finale at the Boston Celtics, making 5 of 6 shots for 12 points in a 118-102 victory. Ariza had 13 points by converting half of his 12 shots and Beal was on fire as he scored a game-high 27 on 10-for-14 shooting.
"Getting Nene back has been huge for us," coach Randy Wittman said. "Gives us another weapon. We're going to need him. We're going to need them all. He's playing more extended minutes on the floor. That was good."
Nene has played 17, 20, 24 and 22 minutes off the bench but his minutes restriction has been self-imposed as he has demanded a more cautious approach to prevent re-injury. When the postseason begins Sunday for Game 1 at the Chicago Bulls, that will be changing.
Al Harrington, who has missed 47 games because of a right knee injury, is in full form, too. He had to leave Wednesday's game in Boston to get a cut over his left eye closed. He insists this is the best he has felt all season and has played his way back into Wittman's rotation to give the Wizards that stretch power forward they've been missing. He's 7 of 14 on three-pointers in his last three games.