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Nene goes head-to-head with Jimmy Butler, gets ejected (video)

Apr 25, 2014, 10:27 PM EDT

Nene made consecutive baskets in the fourth quarter of Game 3 of the Wizards-Bulls series, and he celebrated the second by giving a slight shove to Jimmy Butler while heading up court. Butler put his hand on Nene, and that’s when the real incident started.

Nene and Butler went head-to-head, pressing foreheads as they stared each other down. Nene reached around Butler’s head with both hands and tried to control Butler’s movement – earning an ejection after they were parted.

Butler, who also received a technical, missed the technical free throw but made a 3-pointer on his next possession.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Apr 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    That was some Muay Thai that Nene brought to the table. That kind of clinch is usually followed by knees to the dome!

    • sire2334 - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      Yeah it was…he was ready to go ufc on him….That said, dumb dumb move. “Hey we’re gaining momentum, let me see if I can bring it to a halt”

      • pudgalvin - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        Seriously, what was he thinking? That’s as dumb an ejection as I’ve ever seen. It was a super minor scuffle until Nene decide to toss a karate chop. So dumb.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

      Agreed that hold was one of the first things you learn to control your opponent before striking with a plethora of knees.

  2. jasper36 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I wonder if the NBA will try to suspend NeNe for game 4.

    • pudgalvin - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      I’m a Bulls fan, I don’t think it warrants another game. Despite how stupid it was, I think the ejection was right, but another game would be too much. I’d be curious to see if they have anything to say about Gortat leaving the bench.

  3. tomtravis76 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Damn, Nene….the team needed his presence on the floor. Nene has Noah all flustered on both ends.

  4. beach305 - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Nene fell right into the Bulls hands. That’s what the Bull’s do, they agitate you to the point where you slip up and make a stupid act that get’s you ejected. Remember what Nazr, did to LeBron Last year in the playoffs. What about Kirk tackling Lebron to the ground. Nene has to be smarter and keep his emotions in check.

  5. sellahh - Apr 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Bulls are phonies, Butler sucks and Noah is NOT the DPOY, unless DPOY accounts for triple-doubles.

    • money2long - Apr 26, 2014 at 3:14 AM

      He’s not the dpoy?
      Awkward. How do u ask for it back

      • gmsingh123 - Apr 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        I hope he has a good defense for that.

  6. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Press foreheads and stare: Ejection
    Viscious elbow to the throat: no problem

    Just want to make sure I’m clear in this.

    • pudgalvin - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      Poor Lebron, never gets the calls.

  7. campcouch - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    NBA refs are the worst officials in any level of North American athletics. The see or call fouls that they want and then act like the rulebook doesn’t exist the last minute of a game. It’s terrible that any player would get T’d up for scuffling. Unless a punch connects,who cares.

    • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      You can thank Jermaine Oneil and Ron Artest for this. Plus athletes nowadays are frail. They cannot handle any contact and immediately want to go to blows even though 99% of them probably can’t throw.

  8. watermelon1 - Apr 26, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    If the officiating in game 3 was an indication of the nba’s motives… Been will be suspended a game.

    They want this series to go all 7 games.

    They want Miami to make it to finals against the “old guy” Nets for the name recognition of all the players.

    Need better teams like wizards and bulls to tire themselves out and beat eachother up for as long as possible in order for that to happen.

    • chiadam - Apr 26, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Who exactly is Been?

  9. jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Nene’s 6’11” and Butler’s 6’7″ 220. Nene should pick on someone his own size.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      6’11” 260.

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