Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - Game Three

Joakim Noah in predicting a suspension for Nene: ‘What a bummer. [Stinks] for you guys.’

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The Bulls got back into the series against the Wizards on Friday with a critical Game 3 victory, one that had more than its fair share of fireworks.

Nene and Jimmy Butler almost got into an actual fight — something we almost never see in the NBA these days due to the prohibitive penalties — and Nene was ultimately ejected for his actions, after grabbing Butler around the head with two hands.

It’s highly likely Nene gets suspended for Game 4, and if that happens, it will leave the door wide open for the Bulls to even up the series. Joakim Noah is hoping for that, obviously, and won’t exactly be shedding any tears if Nene is indeed forced by the league to sit the next one out.

From Mike Wise of the Washington Post:

Going on midnight Friday, Joakim Noah, America’s most ornery, nails-on-a-chalkboard player, rubbed salt on the wound.

“Looks like you’re going to lose Nene for a game,” the Chicago Bulls center said to no one in particular as he shuffled down the hall outside the Verizon Center press room. Almost cackling, he added, “What a bummer. [Stinks] for you guys.”

You can’t blame Noah for this, and honestly, it’s great to see.

Nene went after one of Noah’s smaller teammates in escalating a confrontation that was about to get more real than we’ve become likely to see on an NBA court in quite some time, and although he was provoked by Butler going literally head to head with him and asking him, “What you want,” Nene has a definitive physical advantage.

At a time in the league where so many of these guys have off-the-court relationships, it’s nice to see a little old-school competitiveness creep into the on-court battles. Whether Nene is ultimately suspended or not, Noah will now become even more targeted by the Wizards and their fans for the rest of this series.

Hawks’ Mike Scott sent to D-League on rehab assignment

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks poses during media day on September 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.

Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.

Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.

Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.

These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.

The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).

Grizzlies’ Troy Williams hits falling, stumbling circus shot (VIDEO)

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Just like coach David Fizdale drew it up.

The shot of Tuesday night went to Troy Williams, the starting Memphis guard who didn’t have a great night in the Grizzlies win over the Sixers but did hit this stumbling, falling, one-handed shot.

By the way, the Grizzlies are now 4-1 since Mike Conley‘s injury with this win. Didn’t see that coming.

Zach Randolph receives standing ovation in first game back after mother’s passing

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Zach Randolph was away from the Memphis Grizzlies and its fans for seven games to deal with the passing of his mother, Mae. When he returned to the floor, something special was waiting for him.

During Z-Bo’s arrival against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, fans at FedEx Forum gave Randolph a standing ovation in support of his difficult time.

From ESPN NBA:

Randolph dropped 12 points, collected 14 rebounds, and added an assist as the Grizzlies beat the Sixers, 96-91, in a game that went down to the wire.

Teammates of Randolph — like Marc Gasol — were glad to have him back and let Randolph know he was being thought about during his absence.

Gasol even took to Twitter after the game in a heartwarming gesture: