Nene was big in game one and he was big in game two. He was -10 on the floor in game three and shot 5/15 from the field. Nene's first two games against the Bulls were against all odds, and his surprisingly good play inspired him to continually jack up shots in game three which hurt his team considerably.
On the surface, Nene helps the Wizards significantly, and he's done a nice job of shutting down Joakim Noah on offense, but with Nene gone, the Wizards will focus more of their offense through their guards. The guys who are really killing the Bulls.
Teams also tend to rally around a guy who's missing, especially if it's only for one game. Personally, I'd rather see Nene out there than not out there both because I feel it's likely that his mid range jumper of terror was an aberration that won't come back [but he'll keep shooting it] and because I don't want to be victim of the dead cat bounce on Sunday.
If he was out for the whole series, I think the advantage will be for Chicago, for a game? Well I don't think Washington gets an edge for losing him, but I'd guess they rally around him for being a tough guy and come out stronger for it. We'll see what happens.
The Bulls won game three, but not much happened there that inspires me with confidence for game four. Hopefully the Bulls can come out with some fire, and maybe Joakim can get going without Nene in there.
Noah has really been the missing piece against the Wizards so far. He was the guy who propelled the Bulls to all these wins in the second half, but he hasn't been able to find his rhythm in the playoffs yet.
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