Catch up quick on the news, notes and must-see from Wednesday's Bucks Vs. Wizards action -- good and bad -- with 'Postive Pixels, Wicked Pixels.' It's your morning-after Wizards hangover cure.
Jordan Crawford just (all but) dagger'd Milwaukee's playoff chances with a contested 27-footer on a bum ankle. There's no evidence these late-season games will mean much next year, but credit the Wizards — winners of four of their last six — for finding motivation in the final weeks of the season. Let's look at the notes from the Wizards 121-112 win.
• Jordan Crawford scored 32 points on a hobbled ankle. But the best part was that he did it on 11-of-17 shooting. Crawford hurt his ankle vs. Chicago, and was noticeably limping when I walked out of the tunnel behind him at halftime. Crawford hit the biggest shot of the game, a three-pointer with 51.9 seconds left that extended Washington's lead to 115-109. Randy Wittman joked about it after the game: "Maybe it was a good thing that his ankle was hurting because he didn't try to put his head down and drive and get into trouble. He just launched it. That was a big shot, no question."
• Nene returned to action after missing 10 games with plantar fasciitis. From an outside perspective, there seemed like so reason for Nene to come back this season with nothing left for the Wizards to play for. But it seemed to mean a lot to his teammates that Washington's starting center made the decision to play. Nene wants to be a part of the team in Washington, which is definitely something. Besides, they have hologram technology now.
"Oh, it was a real boost. It was even bigger 'cause nobody knew he was playing," Crawford said. "I mean, he been dressing for the past three, four games or something like that, and nobody knew he was playing. For him to check in, it was big."
(Aside: A funny moment after the game, when Nene thank reporters and walked out of the locker room after answering several questions. Kevin Seraphin heckled him about how Nene is the only Wizard who gets to decide for himself when his media sessions end. See, still much to be learned from the 10-year vet even this late in the lost season.)
• Mo Almond sank his first NBA basket in three years. Just a cool moment for the Wizards latest D-League call-up.
• Monta Ellis gave the Wizards hell, 31 points on 14-25 shooting style. The Bucks ran ball screens for Ellis and he picked apart Washington's defense, even tossing in six assists when he couldn't find space for his own shot. Hey, the Wizards won so no reason to dwell on it, but if Washington had blown another double-digit lead, Ellis likely would have had his finger prints all over the evidence.
• Hate to be a downer, but these games don't *really* matter ... Kevin Seraphin called it the Wizards preseason for next year. Some other Wizards called it their playoffs. Wittman just said Washington wants to cause teams some "grief." Whatever it is, it'll be more fun in the future when the Wizards games in April mean more than a showcase for next season.
Jordan Crawford scored 32 points as the Wizards took the lead in the third quarter and held off a late rally to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 121-112 at the Verizon Center Wednesday night.
After trailing 62-60 at halftime, the Wizards scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a 67-62 lead. Washington went on to expand their margin to as much as 12 points, and led 100-89 with just over seven minutes to go in regulation. However, Milwaukee scored the next seven points to cut the margin to 100-96. A Brandon Jennings three-pointer cut the Milwaukee deficit to 112-109 with 1:14 to go, but Crawford nailed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to essentially seal the win.
Washington took their first lead of the game at 52-50 after John Wall hit a floating jump shot, but the Bucks retook the lead at 55-54 after Brandon Jennings hit a three-point shot with 1:58 remaining in the half.
For the Wizards, Nene has recorded four points, a rebound, an assist, and a blocked shot in seven minutes of play. He made his return to the active roster just before tip-off. The Brazilian is playing in his first game since March 30.
Washington Wizards center Nene has been out of the lineup since the beginning of April, dealing with a foot injury, plantar fasciitis. According to the Wizards official Twitter feed, Nene will be back in the lineup on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
BREAKING: Nene will be available and expected to return to the lineup in tonight's #WizBucks game
Nene originally suffered the injury prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors and has been out of the lineup the past ten games. Nene had a handful of double digit scoring games for the Wizards and gave them a rebounding presence after JaVale McGee was traded away. Getting Nene back in the lineup should help quite a bit, though he will not be starting.