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Nene Suspended for Game 4 After Altercation With Butler

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Nen #42 of the Washington Wizards scuffles with Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls in fourth quarter action of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. Nen was ejected from the game when two technical fouls were called on the play. The Bulls won the game 100-97.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 25: Nen #42 of the Washington Wizards scuffles with Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls in fourth quarter action of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. Nen was ejected from the game when two technical fouls were called on the play. The Bulls won the game 100-97. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Washington Wizard’s forward-center Nene has been suspended one game without pay for “head-butting and grabbing guard-forward Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls around the neck with both hands and attempting to throw him down,” announced Saturday by Rod Thorn, President of Basketball Operations.

The incident, in which Nene received two technical fouls and was ejected from the game, occurred with 8:28 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 100-97 loss to the visiting Chicago Bulls last night at Verizon Center.

Nene will serve his suspension Sunday when the Wizards host Chicago in Game 4.

The Wizards played 21 games without Nene in the final stretch of the season and went 12-9 without him in the lineup after he suffered strained knee on February 23 in February.

Game 4 is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Verizon Center. The Wizards lead the series 2-1.

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