The Washington Wizards have been the the surprise team of the first week of the NBA playoffs.
They won both games in Chicago to take a 2-0 series lead. It’s the first time since January that the league-best Bulls defence has given up 100 points in back-to-back games.
The biggest surprise: Nene is outplaying Joakim Noah.
In the same week that Noah won defensive player of the year, Nene — a notoriously inconsistent, injury-prone center — is averaging 20.5 points per game on 63% shooting against him.
Nene missed 29 games this year due to injury. His absence was a big reason why the Wiz slipped to the No. 5 seed in the East. But now that he’s back, Washington is a completely different team. You just don’t find many guys that can beat any defender, even the defensive player of the year, one-on-one in the post.
1. He pulled him away from the rim:
2. Spinning to the left hand, part one:
3. Spinning to the left hand, part two:
4. The steal, and the finish:
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