So far, the difference maker in the Chicago Bull first round series with the Washington Wizards has been Wizards’ forward Nene Hilario.
Nene has been the catalyst for the Wizards and is the reason why the Wizards won the first two games of the series. Nene could also be the reason why the Wizards lost game 3 to the Bulls.
In game 3, Nene was involved in an altercation with Bulls guard Jimmy Butler in the fourth quarter. Nene instigated that altercation with Butler by bringing both of their heads together while also clenching his fists. Nene was ejected from the game and that would seemingly be when the Bulls took control of the game.
The NBA announced on Saturday that Nene has been suspended for one game.
Meaning Nene will not be on the court today for the Wizards as the Bulls attempt to even the series.
While that does not necessarily guarantee a win for the Bulls on Sunday, it certainly makes life easier.
Nene has constantly gotten the better of Joakim Noah in the first 3 games of this series. Sunday should be the slump-breaker for Noah, who hasn’t played with the same intensity this series that Bulls fans have grown accustom to seeing from the center.
With Nene suspended, expect the Bulls to win on Sunday and regain the control of the series as it heads back to Chicago.