Bulls vs. Wizards video: Nene is going right at Joakim Noah

the Defensive Player of the Year is in a hell of a matchup

Friend of the site Coach Nick from BBallBreakdown went deep into Nene's first two games of the series, as you can see in the attached video.

What's interesting here is that the problem Nene is posing is partially schemed for: the Bulls defense, by design, plays the pick and roll to allow for a big man to take a mid-range jumper.

Some of these are a bit too wide open, of course. But while Nene is a really good midrange shooter this is still a desirable process from the Bulls standpoint. It's just not working out since the Wizards big man has been shooting great. Some of these looks, including a huge one in OT of game two, is with Noah right up in his face after a jab-step.

But beyond the mid-range looks, Nene is just a really good player when healthy. Always has been, and there's a reason he once signed a 5 year, $65m contract ($5m more than Noah's).  He's huge and strong, something that both Noah and Taj Gibson have always had problems defending straight-up. But Nene is also quick, has post moves, and is a deft passer. There were several occasions in the second half of game two where the Bulls were on a big run but the Wizards kept within striking distance letting Nene single-handedly break down the Bulls defense for himself or teammates.

Nene perhaps isn't quite as good offensively as the video shows, especially against Noah and the Bulls defense, but his healthy and elevated play has been a major difference in how this series has played out versus the expectations going in.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Join Blog a Bull

You must be a member of Blog a Bull to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blog a Bull. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker