While the Chicago Bulls did not come away with a game 1 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday, the Bulls did do one thing right.
The Bulls limited the impact that Wizards’ point guard John Wall had on the game. Wall is certainly one of the main reasons why the Wizards had made the playoffs this season for the first time since 2008 and is beginning to solidify himself as a top-tier point guard in the NBA.
Though, in his first career playoff game on Sunday, Wall struggled.
Wall finished the game on Sunday with 16 points while only making 4 of his 14 shots from the field. Wall also had 6 assists in the game.
That is a trend that needs to continue for the Bulls. The Bulls perimeter defense on Sunday was actually decent. In addition to Wall’s struggles, Wizards’ shooting guard Bradley Beal was 3-for-11 from the field.
The concern entering the series was that Wall, specifically, would take advantage of the Bulls’ point guards. That wasn’t the case as Bulls’ point guard Kirk Hinrich provided strong defense on the Wizards’ point guard.
For the Bulls in game 2, the team needs to shore up their posterior defense. If the team can do that while also containing the production from Wall, the team should easily be able to erase their game 1 loss to the Wizards.
Game 2 is on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.