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Apr 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) celebrates scoring during the second half of game one of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Washington won 102-93. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Wizards-Bulls Game 2 Preview

The Washington Wizards abused the Chicago Bulls’ second-ranked defense and out-rebounded the 10th best rebounding team in the NBA in Game 1. They out-Bulls the Chicago Bulls, and snagged homecourt advantage away from “the most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference”.

We can go on and on about what the Bulls need to do to win Game 2, but it’s actually pretty simple. You don’t need to look at advanced stats or breakdown D.J. Augustin’s shot selection. All the Bulls need to do is regain their identity.

And if they can’t do that quickly, this series isn’t going to far. In any case, here is a three point preview to tonight’s Wizards-Bulls Game 2.

DEFENSE WANTED

Yes, the Bulls allowed the Wizards to shoot 49 percent in Game 1. However, the bigger issue is the fact that they allowed them to score 102 points. During the regular season, the Bulls lead the league in opponents points per game and allowed only 92 per game. If the Bulls are going to win this series, starting with Game 2, they’re probably going to need to hold the Wizards under 100 points.

ANY OFFENSE WILL DO

The Bulls are going to need to score more, and that begins with better offensive flow. Specifically, ball movement. In Game 1, the Bulls only assisted on 13 of their 34 made baskets and shot 42 percent from the field. The lack of assists tells two things: they didn’t make open shots and they’re not sharing the basketball as fluently as they could. I mean, the Bulls didn’t shoot horrendous, even if most of that 42 percent came after putbacks. But they need to somehow find more offensive fire power.

FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT

Despite the fact that the Wizards bullied the Bulls in Game 1, you’d think that we’re going to get a much valiant effort from a Tom Thibodeau coached team in Game 2. After all, isn’t this the “most dangerous team in the East”? No one wanted to face the Bulls in the playoffs and, yet, here are the Wizards willingly beating them — through one game. We’re going to get a good indication of which direction this series is going after Game 2. After all, the series doesn’t start until a road team wins, right? Series on.

 

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