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Wizards’ Beal says series will get even more emotional

WASHINGTON — Wizards guard Bradley Beal wasn’t going to do anything after practice Wednesday to fuel an already emotional first-round series with the Bulls.

But after his halftime proclamation that he’d shut down Mike Dunleavy and teammate Nene’s scuffle with Bulls guard Jimmy Butler in Game 3 on Friday, Beal contended that this series is going to get even more emotional.

Nene was suspended for Game 4 on Sunday.

“I’m not going to stir nothing up,” Beal said. “It’s playoff basketball. You should never like your opponent no matter who you’re playing. It’s definitely going to get more feisty.

“I think we were trying to get the refs involved. I think we were looking for too many calls on the offensive end, and then defense, certain times we were trying to hit guys instead of just making the right play and playing solid defense.”

The Wizards will miss Nene, but they played without him for six weeks while he nursed a knee injury. Nene’s teammates defended him, saying that play in the paint has been physical.

“He’s a guy, just like each one of us, is a guy with a big ego, and there’s nobody in this locker room that’s going to be pushed around like that,” Wizards forward Marcin Gortat said. “We played without Nene a few games already, and the situation was totally different then.”

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