Four Washington Wizards players have been suspended for the regular season opener, the NBA announced Wednesday.
Wizards center Marcin Gortat heard the question and waited several seconds before speaking. He took a deep breath. Cleared his throat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington Wizards forward Nene plans to ease himself back when he returns Wednesday from a knee injury.
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.
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.
After initial fears of a season-ending knee injury, Washington Wizards forward Nene only has a sprained MCL, the team has confirmed.