Apr 5, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball as Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) and Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) defend in the first quarter at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Bulls vs. Wizards Game 1 Preview

After an exciting start to the NBA playoffs on Saturday, the Chicago Bulls open up their series against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

The Bulls are entering the series against the Wizards after losing 2 out of 3 games to Washington during the regular season.

For the Bulls, the team has an ideal position in the playoffs. Being the 4th seed, the Bulls have a more desirable matchup against the Wizards as opposed to the Brooklyn Nets and would potentially face the Indiana Pacers in the second round. It should be noted that the Nets won while the Pacers lost on Saturday.

Many Bulls fans have pointed to the fact that the Bulls only won one game against the Wizards during the regular season. While there is no contesting that, it is worth mentioning that two of the three games that the Bulls played against the Wizards were immediately after the trade of forward Luol Deng. That was a different Bulls team back then. Instead of being a leader on and off the court for the Bulls, center Joakim Noah went silent after seeing a teammate that he considered to be a brother traded.

Hell, January is when many Bulls fans were still behind the idea of tanking.

But as the Bulls always do under head coach Tom Thibodeau in the second half, the team rallied as Noah grew out of his mutiny and played on a MVP-level during the home stretch of the regular season.

That much was obvious in the Bulls most recent game against the Wizards on April 5. The Bulls won that game 96-78 while Noah compiled a double-double with 21 home runs and 13 rebounds.

Now, here we are. The start of the playoffs and sentiment has changed from wishful tanking to legitimately thinking that the Bulls could reach the Eastern Conference Championship round and face the Heat.

Before the Bulls do that, the team has to get past the Wizards. The most intriguing part about the Wizards is their point guard John Wall.

Wall averaged 19.3 points per game during the regular season while shooting 43% from the field and collecting 8 assists per game. In his three games against the Bulls this season, Wall averaged nearly 21 points per game while shooting 50% from the field. Defending Wall is certainly the key to the Bulls earning a series victory over the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.

Game Information 

Start Time: 6:00 p.m. 

Television Information: TNT

Radio Information: ESPN Radio 1000 AM


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