Nene Hilario Injury: Updates on Wizards Star's Foot and Return

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2014

May 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards power forward Nene Hilario (42) dribbles as Indiana Pacers power forward Lavoy Allen (5) defends during the first half in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Nene Hilario suffered a foot injury in Saturday's game against the Bucks and has yet to play since as he continues to recover. 

Continue for updates.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Nene Out vs. Lakers

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post confirms Nene's status for Wednesday's game against the Lakers:

Sunday, Nov. 30

Nene Questionable for Monday

Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported on Nene's status for Monday's contest vs. Miami:

Saturday, Nov. 29

Nene Out vs. Pelicans

Coach Randy Wittman confirmed Nene's status for tonight's game according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Nene Out vs. Cavs

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio confirms Nene Hilario will miss tonight's game against the Cavs:

Saturday, Nov. 22

Nene Injures Foot

Washington Wizards forward Nene injured his right foot Saturday night vs. the Milwaukee Bucks and will not return.

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The Bucks had the report:

The Wizards, who have one of the NBA's most well-rounded starting fives when healthy, are no stranger to being without one of their stars. Bradley Beal suffered a broken wrist in the preseason. The team also went long stretches without Beal and John Wall in 2012-13, Nene's first full season in Washington.

Of course, the biggest injury risk on the team remains the big man himself. Nene, a fortifying two-way presence when he's on the floor, has played a full season once his entire 13-year career and has missed 20-plus games each of the last two campaigns. In 2013-14, he was limited to 53 games while dealing with various ailments, most notably a knee injury that cost him most of the season's final two months.

The Wizards were hopeful, though, that Nene would be able to contribute more regularly this season. Their aspirations are no longer that of a team just looking to get into the postseason. Word from Washington's locker room all summer and into the season has been about competing with the Bulls and Cavs in what appears to be an open(ish) East race.

Nene also kept himself in shape playing with the Brazilian national team at the FIBA World Cup.

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"He's in basketball shape now doing what he did for Brazil. No aches and pains or bumps and bruises from that," coach Randy Wittman told reporters in October. "They basically each played all 20 minutes a game. That was a great offseason conditioning program for him."

Washington already missed Nene once this season, though it was not injury-related. He was suspended for the Wizards' road opener against the Miami Heat after leaving the bench during a preseason altercation between Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah

Losing Nene is far from a death blow if it's short-term. Washington signed veterans DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries this offseason for these precise moments. Blair and Humphries aren't great players, but they're solid and can together offer 75 percent of Nene on a nightly basis. Drew Gooden is also still hanging around. Nene's injury might be an opportunity to see how much Gooden has left in the tank.

But any long-term absence might hurt Washington's playoff seeding and irreparably damage its shot at the Eastern throne.

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