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Wilbon: Winner of Wizards-Bulls ‘Ought to Get’ to Eastern Conference Finals

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Nene of the Washington Wizards backs down Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 20, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 102-93. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Nene of the Washington Wizards backs down Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 20, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 102-93. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Michael Wilbon believes the winner of the Wizards-Bulls series should advance all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.

In an interview with the Junkies Tuesday, Wilbon was discussing the potential outcome of the series, after the Wizards had upset the Bulls 102-93 in Chicago in Game 1, pointing to the impact Nene has had on Washington’s lineup.

“Nene was, not the best player on the Wizards, but he was probably the most important player,” Wilbon said.

“Look at their record the last couple of years, and late last year, when Nene’s on the floor,” he observed. “The problem is he’s missed a lot of time injured, but when he’s out there, they are a different team, because it allows Gortat to play differently, this year, when Nene’s out there; it opens up some room, of course, for John Wall and Bradley Beal on the perimeter. It just changes the whole dynamic of the team.”

It was then that Wilbon commented on the significance of the series.

“The thing about this series is, the winner of this series can easily get to the Eastern Conference Finals,” he said. “The winner of this series, to me, ought to get to the Eastern Conference Finals.”

There’s one other thing, again, bearing in mind this was said Tuesday, prior to the Wizards overtime victory in Game 2, to return to Washington for two games with a 2-0 series lead.

“I think in a lot of ways, tonight’s game is going to give us a real indication of who that’s going to be.”

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