So perhaps Chicago Bulls fans were too busy planning for a potential second round matchup against the Indiana Pacers and forgot that the Washington Wizards could very well have a say in how things play out.
Needless to say, the Bulls certainly will not overlook the Wizards anymore after Washington secured a game 1 victory on Sunday.
Lets dive into the reasons why the Bulls lost on Sunday.
Nene Hilario and Marcin Gortat outplayed Bulls front court: It is not often that this is said but the Bulls front court was outplayed in the post by Hilario and Gortat. The Bulls had no answer for Hilario as the forward scored 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting. Meanwhile, Gortat grabbed 13 rebounds–5 of which were offensive rebounds.
Bulls offense faltered in the fourth quarter: The Bulls were outscored by 12 points in the fourth quarter. That was the decisive quarter for the Bulls. The Bulls simply could not find consistency on offense in the fourth quarter and that is what led the Wizards to go on a run at the end of the game.
D.J. Augustin Shooting Problem: Augustin may have made all 1o of his free throw attempts, but the guard only made 3 of his 15 shots from the field. The Bulls have rallied behind Augustin’s scoring ability during the second half of the season and will need to do so again in the playoffs. That is where the Bulls are lacking on offense with Derrick Rose out. Certainly, Joakim Noah is a great facilitator of the offense but he lacks the ability to take over games with his offensive ability. Something Rose has done countless of times when healthy.