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  • CHICAGO – Coach Randy Wittman has experienced playoff basketball as an assistant coach and a player, so he entered his postseason debut as a head coach keenly aware of the heightened scrutiny and intensity. He remembers some great battles between the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics, playing afternoon games and going home while the sun […]... read more...
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  • The consensus among just about all pundits on the eve of the NBA playoffs seems to be that the Washington Wizards have little chance of beating the Chicago Bulls in the first round. Seventeen of ESPN’s 18 NBA writers chose Chicago to win, Sports Illustrated listed the Wizards as 14th out of 16 teams in […]... read more...
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  • CHICAGO – Trevor Ariza is usually the essence of chill on the court, breezing his way through the game and maintaining an even keel whether he’s hitting shots or struggling to get much to fall. But as he made his return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, Ariza brought out a more […]... read more...
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  • In a perfect world, the first-round playoff series between the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls would be a matchup pitting two of the NBA’s most-skilled point guards against one another in Washington’s John Wall and Chicago’s Derrick Rose. But with Rose again sidelined by a season-ending knee injury, the focus of this series has shifted […]... read more...
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  • View Photo Gallery —Washington comes home with a 2-game advantage over Chicago. CHICAGO – Bradley Beal slipped, fell, fouled Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and was face-down on the hardwood. Butler headed to the free throw line to put his team up 10 points and Beal was slow to get back up on his feet. […]... read more...
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  • Bradley Beal will be the second-youngest starter in the NBA playoffs, only holding seniority over Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. But unlike the player selected one spot ahead of him in the 2012 NBA draft, Beal — the Wizards‘ second-leading scorer — will be relied upon more heavily to help his team advance in the first round. […]... read more...
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  • CHICAGO – Nene wasn’t very happy about having his minutes restriction increased to 24 late in the regular season, which raised some concerns about how much he would be able to play in the first round of the playoffs as he continues his recovering from a left knee injury. It now seems that Nene just […]... read more...
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  • With their 118-102 victory over the Boston Celtics in the season finale, the Wizards matched the Brooklyn Nets at 44-38 and moved into the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference by virtue of winning the tiebreaker because of sweeping the regular season series, 3-0. But on Friday, the NBA held a random drawing to determine […]... read more...
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  • As Nene strolled from the practice court to the media scrum awaiting his comments on Saturday, the eve of Washington’s playoff opener in Chicago, there was something different about the Wizards forward. The knee brace was still there, as were the dreads and the focused gaze. But his Wizards practice jersey was turned to the […]... read more...
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  • CHICAGO – For the first time since Feb. 23, Nene will start at power forward as the Wizards take on the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series. With Nene in the starting lineup, the Wizards are 21-16, including two January victories against the Bulls. “Without him, his intangibles are […]... read more...
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  • Andre Miller has handed out 8,153 assists in his 15-year career, the ninth-highest total in NBA history, so it would be nearly impossible to rank the best pass that he has ever dished. Reduced simply to his time in Washington, the task is much easier. Of the 97 assists that Miller has recorded in two […]... read more...
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  • CHICAGO – No matter what happens in Tuesday’s Game 2, the Wizards will return to Washington with home court advantage after coming to United Center and stunning the Chicago Bulls, 102-93, in Game 1 of this best-of-seven series. But the Wizards have taken no satisfaction with one win because the objective remains to get four […]... read more...
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  • Trevor Booker pumped his fist and leaned over the baseline after Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich missed the first of two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the Wizards’ first-round playoff series. Realizing that Hinrich was set to intentionally miss the second attempt, Booker raised his elbows to his chest and […]... read more...
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  • Washington’s basketball franchise has had three postseason droughts of at least five years, and each time the Chicago Bulls were there to welcome them back to the playoffs. With the Wizards reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and set to take on the Bulls for the third time, beginning on Sunday, former […]... read more...
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  • CHICAGO – The Wizards aren’t satisfied with getting just one win in Chicago and hope to go back home to Washington with a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series. Duplicating, or topping, their performance from Game 1 will be a challenge since the Bulls will get an emotional boost from Joakim Noah receiving the trophy […]... read more...
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  • While many of the experts have been leery of picking Washington to beat Chicago in their first-round NBA playoff series, the Wizards have found support from someone who knows a thing or two about postseason success. On Saturday afternoon, Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers tweeted out a picture of […]... read more...
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  • CHICAGO – Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld didn’t pick up Andre Miller at the trade deadline simply to get into the playoffs; he knew that having a point guard savant would be especially important when the team actually started playing postseason games because of Miller’s wealth of experience. But Miller has one glaring blemish on his […]... read more...
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  • CHICAGO – Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld didn’t pick up Andre Miller at the trade deadline simply to get into the playoffs; he knew that having a point guard savant would be especially important when the team actually started playing postseason games because of Miller’s wealth of experience. But Miller has one glaring blemish on his […]... read more...
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  • Washington’s basketball franchise has had three postseason droughts of at least five years, and each time the Chicago Bulls were there to welcome them back to the playoffs. With the Wizards reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and set to take on the Bulls for the third time, beginning on Sunday, former […]... read more...
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