Washington Wizards forward Nene will be sidelined for approximately six weeks with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, costing the team its most reliable barometer for success while it makes a push for its first playoff berth since 2008. Nene underwent an MRI on Monday after he was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s 96-83 win at Cleveland. A six-week absence would sideline the Brazilian veteran until the final few games of the regular season. The Wizards have won three straight to get to 28-28, making them fifth in the weak Eastern Conference.

The Wizards are 60-61 with Nene and 8-34 without him, including 1-6 this season when he was dealing with a nagging right Achilles tendon. Nene is averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 30.1 minutes.

KNICKS MOVES — Metta World Peace’s dream homecoming lasted less than a season, with the New York Knicks waiving the veteran forward and Beno Udrih on Monday after buying out their contracts. World Peace finally got his wish to play for the Knicks when he signed last summer, but he never gained a place in Mike Woodson’s rotation and appeared in just 29 games before asking for his release. By getting waived this week, both veterans will be able to sign with another team and be eligible for the playoffs.

DAVIS TO CLIPPERS — Glen Davis has joined the Los Angeles Clippers but hasn’t been cleared to play. The Clippers say Davis has to pass a physical before the former LSU star can suit up. Davis averaged 12.1 points and 6.3 rebounds in 45 games with Orlando before the Magic bought out his contract.