Nene ejected after head-butt standoff with Bulls’ Jimmy Butler (GIF)


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The Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards are engaged in a physical and bruising playoff series, and in tonight’s game three, things didn’t get any softer.

With the Bulls down 2-0 in the series to the Wizards, and fighting for their playoff lives, they came into the Verizon Center ready to go down swinging.

The Wizards — specifically Nene — were happy to oblige.

After Nene cut through the lane for a layup, he had a little exchange with Bulls forward Jimmy Butler, starting with a small shove, and then escalating into the two butting heads like a pair of mountain rams about to go at it.

Credit: Zombie Prophet

Credit: Zombie Prophet

For his trouble, Nene was given an ejection, removing the Wizards enforcer for the remainder of the fourth quarter in a very close game.

Props to Butler for not backing down from the much larger Wizards center, although that might not have been the most prudent course.

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