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insidehoops 04-19-2012 02:24 AM

Nene finally returns for Wizards
Nene’s return was such a surprise that Jordan Crawford didn’t have any idea that he would play until the veteran big man made his way to the scorers’ table in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 121-112 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

“It was a real boost,” Crawford said of Nene. “I mean, he been dressing for three or four games or something like that. For him to check in, it was big. Until he checked in, I didn’t think he was playing.”

Nene came back after missing 10 games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and showed minimal rust as he scored 14 points and had five rebounds in just 18 minutes. But the Wizards likely wouldn’t have been able to send a crushing blow to the Bucks’ playoff chances, if not for Crawford, who scored a game-high 32 points, including the decisive three-pointer with 51.9 seconds remaining.

-- Washington Post Blog

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