Nene Starts Night by Blocking LeBron, Ends by Dunking on Him
Nene Hilario, hallowed by thy name.
He might assign responsibility to the ‘Spirit’ for his ability to leap through the air against a self-proclaimed king. But let’s not do a disservice to Nene himself. Maybe God gave him the tools, but the supposed all-knowing one supposedly gives a lot of people the tools. Credit Nene for his hustle, for staying engaged, for using his feet, for punishing the rim like it was a false idol.
No other Wizard has the same impact as Nene in terms of both team basketball and defense. We’ll break this down by looking at some defensive-based stats:
- The Wizards allow 102.9 points per 100 possessions as a team—their Defensive Rating (DefRtg).
- In Nene’s 873 minutes on the court this season, Washington’s team DefRtg drops to 98.6, which would rank fourth-best in the NBA.
- No other Wizard who plays significant minutes (300 or more) can claim such an impact.
- In the 933 minutes Nene has been off the court, Washington’s DefRtg jumps to 107.0—that’s an 8.4-point difference. Big.
Now, we move on to the carnage…
First, Nene’s block on LeBron in the opening stanza:
And now Nene’s rim-job dunk on LeBron that eviscerated the Heat from the game’s inner-belly:
[stats via NBA.com/stats]