Nene PF/C WAS 3 Months

Nene has committed to playing for the Brazilian national team this summer in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Nene received national criticism for sitting out the FIBA Americas Tournament, despite the fact he was nursing a sore left foot. His injury history is well documented, only playing a full 82-game season once and missing 29 games this year with an Achilles and knee injury. Still, Nene feels a deep sense of responsibility in representing his country. "I have responsibility," he said. "I have a lot of children who look for me, so I need to do the right thing."

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene has been slumping in the Wizards' second-round series vs. Indiana, averaging 10.2 points on 35.9 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30 minutes per game.

His lackluster play is a stark contrast with the first round, when he torched Joakim Noah and the Bulls, and coach Randy Wittman has trimmed Nene's minutes to the mid-20s over the past two games. His 5-of-14 shooting at the charity stripe hasn't helped his cause and Washington can only hope that he finds a groove during another potential elimination game on Thursday.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter of Wednesday's loss and returned in the second quarter, finishing with 14 points, five boards, two assists and one block in 36 minutes.

He didn't look to roll his ankle too badly and he just needed to be re-taped. Nene isn't the most durable player in the league and perhaps his ankle swells up on him, but he should be ready for Game 3 on Friday night.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene went to the locker room in the first quarter of Wednesday's game vs. the Pacers due to an apparent left ankle sprain.

He suffered a left MCL sprain in March, so this is to the same leg. Nene stepped on George Hill's foot and it caused his ankle to turn. There should be an update coming from the team soon. Drew Gooden will look to step it up and build off his impressive double-double in Game 1.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene returned from his suspension on Tuesday, scoring 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

The Wizards' veteran PF was rested and he once again tormented Joakim Noah with his mid-range jumpers, passing and ability to bully his way into rebounding position. The Wizards' speedy five-game series win gives Nene plenty of time to rest before taking on the winner of the Pacers vs. Hawks series in the second round.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene will return from his one-game suspension for Tuesday's Game 5.

Nene said that he was "in ecstacy" while watching the Wizards' spirited Game 4 effort, which resulted in a victory that gave Washington a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Bulls have struggled to control Nene in the series and he's looked fine while playing heavy minutes, so he could be in for another big night on Tuesday.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene has officially been suspended for Sunday's Game 4 for grabbing Jimmy Butler's neck, head-butting him and attempting to throw him down.

It's debatable whether Nene actually head-butted Butler, but he definitely went overboard with his actions and appeared to take a swing once the two were separated, so the suspension comes as no surprise. It's a crushing blow for the Wizards, but on the plus side Marcin Gortat seems to have avoided punishment for leaving the bench during the brief fight. Gortat and Trevor Booker will both see their roles increase in Game 4, while guys like Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin may also be called upon in Nene's absence.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene was ejected in the fourth quarter of Friday's game for an altercation with Jimmy Butler.

They were lightly touching each other after a basket, then all of the sudden Nene literally went face to face with Jimmy. He touched Butler's head and the two got into it, but no punches were thrown. Nene finished with 10 points, four boards, three assists, two steals and five turnovers. He'll likely get a fine and it wouldn't be a total shock to see him get suspended.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead.

The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning.

Nene PF/C WAS 4 Months

Nene (knee) said he is feeling "sore" on Tuesday after playing 35 minutes in Game 1 against the Bulls.

Nene was an absolute beast in the post against the Bulls, including defensive player of the year Joakim Noah. But playing 35 minutes may have taken a toll on the injured knee that cost him almost six weeks of the regular season. Still, Nene knows his team will need another stellar performance in Game 2 on Tuesday if they hope to take a 2-0 series lead. "Basketball is physical. A lot of physicality in the post, especially in my position," he said. "But when the ball goes up, you forget about that and you focus on what you can do to help your team and forget about the sore, about the pain."