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Wizards advance following Game 5 win over Bulls

Apr 29, 2014, 11:23 PM EDT

Once the Wizards had won three of the first four games against the Bulls, the result of the series had become a foregone conclusion.

The only question in the eyes of most observers was whether Washington would close out the series in Chicago in Game 5, or require a trip back home to seal the deal in a potential Game 6.

But Chicago’s offense answered that question on Tuesday, managing just 69 points on 33.3 percent shooting in a 75-69 defeat that sent the Bulls home for the summer.

As always. the Bulls seemed to simply be unable to score. Joakim Noah put together a stellar effort on the defensive end, grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking three shots in almost 44 minutes of action. But he scored just six points, while no one besides Kirk Hinrich managed to shoot better than 40 percent from the field. Taj Gibson was a monster offensively for the Bulls in Game 4, but shot just 3-of-10 from the field in this one.

Nene returned from his Game 4 suspension to post 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists, and John Wall and Bradley Beal did their usual heavy lifting, combining for 41 of their team’s 75 points.

The Bulls were never a playoff contender given their anemic offense, along with the fact that they play at maximum effort throughout the regular season, and have no room to kick it up to an extra gear once the postseason begins.

The Wizards, meanwhile, are a formidable playoff opponent with Nene in the mix, and with Wall and Beal so potentially devastating on the perimeter. They’ll face the winner of the Hawks-Pacers series, and given Atlanta’s 3-2 lead along with the way Washington would seem to match up, the Wizards would likely be favored to come out of the second round and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

  1. trbowman - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Watching that game gave me a stomach ulcer. Ugliest game in recent memory.

    • sire2334 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      I agree and Im a Wizards fan. Happy for the win but not going to cut it.

    • packergator - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      No kidding. More turnovers than an Arby’s franchise.

  2. nfl4days - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Lol. ALLLLLLLLLLLLL season bulls and pacers fans kept yapping about how they were coming for Miami’s jugular. The talking head couldn’t stop raving about the bulls being a dark horse and the pacers being primed to take Miami’s title. How’s that working out for ya?

    • sire2334 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Do you really take stock in what they say? At the end of the day its incumbent upon the team to prove them wrong and the Wizards did so. Kudos to them.

      • nfl4days - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        Not at all, but after awhile enough is enough. Hype just grows to astronomical levels and it’s not just the NBA. Sick to death of NFL mock drafts, Manziel, and Clowney.

    • Gordon - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Heat fans…Est. 2010.

      • nfl4days - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        Never heard that one before. BREAKING NEWS: Good teams in popular cities gain more fans. Crazy right?

      • packergator - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        Let’s be real here – the overwhelming majority of fans are fair-weather to some extent. When you plunk down the kind of money it takes to attend a game (tickets, parking, concessions, etc.), don’t you enjoy watching a team that’s more likely to win that day than one that’s likely to lose?

  3. goodtogo28 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    DAGGER!!! !

  4. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Hats off to the Wizards. My Bulls fought hard but it’s difficult to win with no #1 scorer on the team. (Damn’ you Derrick Rose.)

    • sire2334 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Serious question…Do Bulls fans worry about what condition he’ll be in when he comes back? I keep hearing “if we had Rose” But we’re not even sure what he will give you. That being said I certainly hope he comes back strong.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        agree. heck, Rose’s window to win a title may be shut already.

        Congrats to the Wiz.

      • calkinsrob - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        no doubt. No one really knows what kind of DRose there will be next season. Youd think he would develop a consistent jumper but who knows what to expect.

  5. beach305 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Every year we hear what a wonderful coach Tom Thibodeau is. How he does so much with so little. Maybe, just maybe he isn’t such a great coach after all.

    • Gordon - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      So you would keep Randy Wittman rather than take Thibs?

      Do you realize the Bulls were relying on Dunleavy & DJ to win this series? DJ wasn’t even on a team when the Bulls picked him up. The Raptors dumped him. They lost Rose & traded away their top scorer (Deng) for nothing in return. They let 2 of their best bench players go in the offseason (Nate & Belinelli). The GM decided to tank & the Bulls still finished 4th. I’d say that’s pretty damn impressive.

      The Wiz have a better team than the Bulls. The better team won. Thibs is a great coach, but he’s not a miracle worker. You need stars to win in the playoffs. Congrats to the Wiz…they earned this win all the way.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Real f’n talk. Sheesh.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        See now here’s my issue with this statement- if they supposedly “tanked” and “the Wiz were the better team” and they “let their best players walk”… they why did every Bulls fan pump their chest and say the Wiz had no shot at winning this series? And that it wouldn’t even be close? Can’t have it both ways. Can’t be pompous when you think you’ll win, then apologetic and full of excuses when you don’t. That’s the formula for a sore loser.

        And furthermore, the Bulls did NOT depend on DJ and Dunleavy to win the series. That’s a cop out. They depended on their D. Just like they’ve done all year. The problem with that is that they Bulls D could not stop the Wiz at all at once. They are great at shutting down the top guy or 2 and forcing teams to rely on their second tier players, but unfortunately, the Wiz have a very solid starting 5, which kept the Bulls guessing.

        I agree- the better team won. But let’s not throw excuses out there to justify anything beyond that.

  6. saint1997 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Easy to say nobody thought the Bulls would win after the series but in fact most predicted Chicago to win. Still I think the Wizards – playin Hawks or the Pacers – are through to the conference finals against the Heat

  7. rodge1 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    D Rose = Kobe = Gilbert Arenas

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:11 AM

      =Dwhine Wade

  8. vcupats - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Now the Wizards have as many playoff series wins as the CAPS since Ovechkin was drafted – that’s a lean decade, folks.

  9. goldmember21 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Bulls valen Madre

  10. antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    “As always, the Bulls seemed to simply be unable to score.”

    As always… so can we please remove Thibs from COY contention until he figures out that side of the ball? Even when he had D.Rose he still struggled to get points out of his crew. No one can support a vote for such a one dimensional coach.

  11. bronx77 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Thibs is turning into the anti- George Karl. The game has two sides of the ball and the bulls need to learn how to play on offense before it’s too late. With Noah in his prime if the bulls can get a stable offense the team will be a contender. Without the offense though…… Just a great regular season team

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      Enter Carmelo Anthony…

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Actually if you look at the bulls offense, its very fluid, with lots of ball movement pick and rolls. Some of the out of bounds plays he draws up are outstanding. he just doesn’t have the players to get the ball in the basket. Pacers offense looks stagnant and just awful. Bulls move the ball and move without the ball, just can’t finish.

  12. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    sire2334,

    Yes, I DO worry about what Derrick Rose will be like when he comes back. Personally, I’d be shocked if he lasted half the season. He’ll play the same until one of those knees blow out again. I wish the Bulls could find a way to get Melo. We have the defense but no scoring threat. It sucks to lose to the Wizards but what can we do? Oh yeah, I know… Watch the Blackhawks.

    • sire2334 - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:55 AM

      I think Carmelo would definitely be a great pick up but my guess is that if you get him you’ll have to give up Gibson who is the type of must have gritty player for a contending team. And let’s not bring up hockey please. Thanks. #capsrebuildtherebuilt

  13. money2long - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    Bye boozer.

  14. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    The Wiz in the ECF?

    Make it so.

  15. jzone954 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    DPOY my a….

    • purdueman08 - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Look at Noahs stats from last nights game. Looks like a DPOY to me. He can’t do it all himself. Basketball is a team effort.

  16. packergator - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Chicago fans are less happy about the Luol Deng trade by the minute…

  17. purdueman08 - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Can’t keep relying on Rose. He’s been wearing his proper uniform for the past 2 years, a nice expensive suit. I wish he’d give back a large chunk of salary so the Bulls would have the money to go after a real player who won’t keep breaking down. I hope he can make it back, but i’m having my doubts.

  18. steelerfanforlife - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    beach305-you sir know nothing about basketball if you think Thibs is not a top 5 coach in this league. If the Bulls for him he would have about 20-25 teams trying to get him, including the Wizards!

  19. steelerfanforlife - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Congrats Wiz fans! This Wizards team as constructed can get to the ECF! Maybe Ernie isn’t such a bad GM after all!
    We’ll see what the Bulls do this offseason. Probably time to make some major changes, not sure even with DRose this team could win a championship with the current roster.
    -Go Bulls

  20. steelerfanforlife - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Eutaw’s Finest,
    Your team won man! Enjoy it instead of being so bitter that Bulls fans thought they could beat you, that’s what fans of teams think! So, so bitter!

  21. obmig - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Kept waiting for the Wizards to show their inexperience but it never happened in this series.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      I’m a fan of the wiz and I thought the same would happen. I had wiz in 7 but glad they showed some maturity and closed it out. Still worry about some of the stretches they go without scoring at times. They can be streaky

  22. iowahbr - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    So now to clear the deck:

    1. Boy what a great coach Thibs is.
    2. Wait till Rose gets healthy (used before but still good.)
    3. It’s all Boozer’s fault.
    4. Only one good draft choice from a real contender.
    5. Miami had better watch out in 2015.
    6. Blue collar b-ball at its best.

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