Michael Beasley (ankle) will be inactive for Sunday's opening game vs. the Bobcats.
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Miami will not need him to get past the Bobcats, so this isn't too much of a blow to the Heat. The injury doesn't seem to be very major, so Beasley could possibly be back for Game 2, but he could very well pick up a DNP-CD in that one as well.
Nene was spotted in a blue practice jersey on Saturday, which suggests that he was practicing with the first unit and could start on Sunday vs. Chicago.
Neither Nene nor Wizards coach Randy Wittman gave a definitive answer as to whether Nene would start or not, but given the need for Nene's interior presence it wouldn't be shocking to see the Brazilian big man start.
Gregg Popovich will no longer be placing minutes restrictions on any of his players.
"That's one of the reasons we manage minutes [during the regular season], so when you need somebody to extend now they have the energy to do it. You want your best players on the court as much as you can have them there. That's what we'll try to do," said Popovich. The genius of Popovich lead the Spurs to the best record in the NBA this season, and they'll look to make another run at the title. That starts by going through Dallas in the first round.