Chicago Bulls' Failure To Execute In Crunch Time Dooms Team vs. Washington Wizards

By Courtney Harden
Chicago Bulls: Couldn't Make The Big Shots To Take Down The Wizards
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The Chicago Bulls came into this game against The Washington Wizards seeking some sort of revenge.  They had just lost to the Wizards earlier in the week, so the bad taste of that loss was still lingering in their mouths.  But the Bulls just couldn’t execute down the stretch and lost to the Wizards once again, 96-93.

This game was much closer than the previous one where the Wizards won 102-88.  This was a back and forth, playoff atmosphere type of game.  Both teams were trying to reach .500, and the Wizards played much better at the end of the game.  The Bulls were held to one field goal in the final five minutes and missed eight of their last nine shots.  On the final play of the game, the Bulls had a rough time getting a quality shot.  The play was designed for Mike Dunleavy Jr., but he couldn’t get it past John Wall.  Then Jimmy Butler tried a three-pointer but was blocked by Nene.  The Bulls have to find a way to be more consistent on these type of plays.

Despite the fact of the struggles in crunch time, the Bulls displayed a solid performance.  They were coming off a triple-overtime victory over the Orlando Magic and came into this game with some confidence, winning six of their last seven.  Kirk Hinrich, who still hasn’t found his rhythm, led the Bulls attack with 18 points.  DJ Augustin continued his brilliant play chipping in 16 points.  It just wasn’t enough to take down the tough Wizards team.

The Bulls had a chance to reach .500 for the first time since Nov. 27.  This is the type of game where they can use another scorer who can knock down shots in the clutch.  They have to continue to find ways to win these close games and it has to be a collective effort.

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