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Joakim Noah in predicting a suspension for Nene: ‘What a bummer. [Stinks] for you guys.’

Apr 26, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Bulls got back into the series against the Wizards on Friday with a critical Game 3 victory, one that had more than its fair share of fireworks.

Nene and Jimmy Butler almost got into an actual fight — something we almost never see in the NBA these days due to the prohibitive penalties — and Nene was ultimately ejected for his actions, after grabbing Butler around the head with two hands.

It’s highly likely Nene gets suspended for Game 4, and if that happens, it will leave the door wide open for the Bulls to even up the series. Joakim Noah is hoping for that, obviously, and won’t exactly be shedding any tears if Nene is indeed forced by the league to sit the next one out.

From Mike Wise of the Washington Post:

Going on midnight Friday, Joakim Noah, America’s most ornery, nails-on-a-chalkboard player, rubbed salt on the wound.

“Looks like you’re going to lose Nene for a game,” the Chicago Bulls center said to no one in particular as he shuffled down the hall outside the Verizon Center press room. Almost cackling, he added, “What a bummer. [Stinks] for you guys.”

You can’t blame Noah for this, and honestly, it’s great to see.

Nene went after one of Noah’s smaller teammates in escalating a confrontation that was about to get more real than we’ve become likely to see on an NBA court in quite some time, and although he was provoked by Butler going literally head to head with him and asking him, “What you want,” Nene has a definitive physical advantage.

At a time in the league where so many of these guys have off-the-court relationships, it’s nice to see a little old-school competitiveness creep into the on-court battles. Whether Nene is ultimately suspended or not, Noah will now become even more targeted by the Wizards and their fans for the rest of this series.

  1. reesesteel23 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Yet no suspension for a Flying Lotus Adams Apple Attack

  2. nfl4days - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    That shouldn’t be a suspension. A decent fine and the ejection should be enough. Especially since McRoberts didn’t even get a flagrant for that elbow. Playoff basketball between two tough teams with a lot of heart and fight.Things like that are gonna happen.

  3. brookwell2013 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Nene lost his mind for thirty seconds and it cost him cash and maybe a suspension. His remarks after the game were pathetic, bunch of nonsense about being “a warrior.” Goofball.

  4. beach305 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Told ya so. This is what the Bulls do. They agitate until your throw a punch. The wizards need to play smarter and don’t fall for it.

    Chicago tries this every year with Miami.

    • maracineanu16 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      The Bulls and the Grizzlies play like real tough guys. No place for whining pussies

      • sire2334 - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        gtfoh…

      • maracineanu16 - Apr 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        kiss my .ss

      • sire2334 - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        lol

      • sire2334 - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        Remember…No whining…pu$$y. lol

  5. matthewatrombley - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    How did Noah put a word in parentheses while speaking?

    • miamatt - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      With parentheses hands, mayhaps?

      • matthewatrombley - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        That’s weird.

  6. beach305 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    now u understand why that women gave Noah the finger last year.

    • lj312chicago - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Chat boards are for people who don’t have any friends……

  7. dvic13 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    …and here you are.

  8. thepowerofchriscompelsyou - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    No way that should be a suspension. No punches thrown, a momentary clash in a tense series. It didn’t escalate, people should just relax.

    • maracineanu16 - Apr 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      I am a Bulls’ fan, but I have to admit that You are perfectly right about that

  9. nickmiller63 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Brackets.

  10. campcouch - Apr 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    How’d that work out?

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