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Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers handles the ball against Nene of the Washington Wizards during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 7, 2014 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wizards Now Want To Slow Pacers’ Hibbert In Game 3

Wizards center Marcin Gortat heard the question and waited several seconds before speaking. He took a deep breath. Cleared his throat.

05/09/2014

Nene of the Washington Wizards hugs teammate John Wall at the end of Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 29, 2014 in Chicago, Ill. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 75-69 to win the series four game to one. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Passionate, Physical Nene Helps Wizards Advance

The Wizards not only have finished off the Chicago Bulls in five games — giving the franchise its first playoff series win in nine years — but they also have at least a three-day layoff before the start of Round 2.

04/30/2014

Nene Hilario of the Washington Wizards drives against Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 29, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wizards Outlast Bulls 75-69, Win Series 4-1

John Wall finished with 24 points, Nene scored 20, and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 75-69 on Tuesday night to clinch their first-round series in five games.

04/29/2014

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)

Nene Suspended for Game 4 After Altercation With Butler

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.

04/26/2014

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Nene, Beal Lead Wizards Past Magic, 96-86

Nene scored 17 points and Bradley Beal added 16 as the Washington Wizards overcame a sluggish offense and beat the Orlando Magic 96-86 Friday night.

04/11/2014

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Nene to Return Wednesday for Wizards vs. Bobcats

Washington Wizards forward Nene plans to ease himself back when he returns Wednesday from a knee injury.

04/08/2014

Trevor Ariza drives against LeBron James during a game at the Verizon Center in January. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hot Wizards Ready For Matchup With Heat

Perhaps we should re-name our NBA franchise the Whoa-zards because coach Randy Wittman’s team has been pretty surprising since Nene went down with a sprained knee 15 days ago.

03/10/2014

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Wizards Look to Committee to Fill Massive Void Left by Nene Injury

Filling the 6-foot-11, 260-pound void left in the lineup by injured Nene will be no small task. It may even take a committee of veterans to do so, but it will be a great test of Washington’s meddle as they make their final playoff push.

02/25/2014

Nene (credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nene to Miss Roughly 6 Weeks with MCL Sprain

After initial fears of a season-ending knee injury, Washington Wizards forward Nene only has a sprained MCL, the team has confirmed.

02/24/2014

Nene #42 of the Washington Wizards handles the ball against Jason Thompson #34 of the Sacramento Kings during the game at the Verizon Center on February 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nene Leads Wizards Past Kings, 93-84

Nene scored 18 points and led a strong defensive effort to help the Washington Wizards beat the Sacramento Kings 93-84 on Sunday night.

02/09/2014

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