The Chicago Bulls are now facing elimination after the team’s 98-89 loss to the Washington Wizards in game 4 on Sunday.
The Bulls never led in Sunday’s game against the Wizards and now will be forced to win three games in a row if the team has any hope of advancing to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
Here are the three factors that led to the Bulls losing on Sunday to the Wizards.
Wizards Open With a 14-0 Run
The Wizards have usually seen a hot-start in their games against the Bulls in this series and Sunday was no different. The Wizards started the game on a 14-0 run. Not only did the run bury the Bulls to begin the game, but it simply was too much for the Bulls to overcome.
The Bulls would work to get their deficit down to single-digits then endure another offensive run by the Wizards. The Bulls simply did not have the intensity to match the Wizards on Sunday.
No Offensive Rhythm
The Bulls had no offensive rhythm on Sunday. When the Bulls were not taking a bad shots and had an open look at the basket, the ball would often come up short or bounce out. The only highlight for the Bulls on offense in Sunday’s game was forward Taj Gibson. Gibson recorded a playoff-career high of 32 points on Sunday against the Wizards.
The Bulls offense committed 16 turnovers on Sunday and that led to 29 points for the Wizards.
Lack Of A Post-Game
Don’t let Noah’s 10 points and 10 rebound-performance misguide you. As has been the case all series, Noah was outplayed by Wizards’ center Marcin Gortat. Gortat scored 17 points on Sunday against the Bulls while having his way with the defensive player of the year.
Boozer had no post-presence whatsoever. Early in the game, the Bulls were trying to feed the ball to Boozer in the post and the Bulls’ forward simply couldn’t come through on his opportunities.
The Bulls and Wizards now return to the United Center for Tuesday’s game 5. A game that could be the last game of the season for the Bulls.