April 18, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
The Bucks are chasing the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Wizards are chasing ping pong balls*. So of course, Washington dusted off Nene and rode Jordan Crawford to a 121-112 win at the Verizon Center on Wednesday night. Makes perfect sense.
*And I don't want to hear that yada yada there's no way New Orleans catches up in losses, etc. You still must pay tank tribute to the ping pong gods to ensure a successful lottery harvest!
As Prada noted earlier, he's stuck with some SB Nation office duties. I'm filling in (me --> @KatzM) with some game notes after the jump. Read them, and weep. Or just skip to the comments and talk amongst yourselves.
• Surprise! Nene is back on the court. After missing 10 games with plantar fasciitis, He looked good. He looked moody. He went to the basket, defended strong and finished with 14 points and four rebounds. Randy Wittman even pealed Nene off the bench with 3:50 left when the Wizards lead dwindled to five points. I wish the Internet wasn't so tired of Hologram jokes because I want to make a lot of #NeneHologram jokes. Ah, oh well.
• Every Jordan Crawford game is more Jordan Crawford than the last. Wednesday, Crawford led Washington with 32 points (on 11-of-17 shooting!) and essentially won the game with a contested 30-footer in the final minute BECAUSE OF COURSE.
• (Near) death by Monta Ellis. Sure, Ellis can't check Mo Evans in isolation off the dribble, but he was also the only Bucks starter who could knock down a shot. Ellis picked Washington across using simple ball screens to score 31 points on 14-of-25 shooting. He dished out six assists for good measure. Somehow Drew Gooden and Brandon Jennings ended up with 21 and 25 points respectively?