If you've lived in or near Washington D.C., you understand that Nene injury updates are a lot like when you hear about track work on Metro. You understand because of the aging infrastructure that things aren't always going to work, so you just show up prepared for just about anything, because as much as you might not like it, it's still your best option most of the time and worth the annoyances that come along with it.
So it is with Nene. The Wizards have been single-tracking since November 22nd, when he hurt his foot against the Bucks. They've put together some inspired performances in his absence, but they're still much better with him available, and the Wizards got some encouraging news on his status this afternoon at practice:
Nene practiced but #Wizards didn’t go 5-on-5. He said foot is better but difficult to know if he’s ready to return until he sees live action— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) December 4, 2014
Nene said his foot has improved but waiting to see how he feels in 5-on-5 drills. Still day-to-day, questionable for #WizNuggets— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) December 4, 2014
Again, like Metro you should probably err to the side of caution being optimistic about a quick solution. Still, it seems like progress is being made and they will need all hands on deck as they prepare a challenging stretch of the schedule that includes the Clippers, Heat, Suns, Bulls, Rockets and Mavericks before the end of the year.
UPDATE: According to CSN Washington's J. Michael, Nene is requesting he be put on a minutes restriction, similar to the one he had when he returned from injury last season, when he does return to the court.