Washington Wizards' Resiliency Too Much for Chicago Bulls

By Michael Terrill
Nene Joakim Noah
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The biggest fear for the Chicago Bulls entering the 2014 NBA playoffs is the fact that their offense is non-existent. Ranking dead last in the league in points scored during the regular season is enough to make any team nervous. The Washington Wizards understand that, which is why their resiliency is going to lead them to a series win over the Bulls.

It looked all but over for Washington as they were down 10 points in the fourth quarter to Chicago in Game 2. The Wizards knew they had the right personnel to make the comeback real. It was just a matter of actually executing enough offensive possessions to force overtime.

Once that happened, the momentum was in favor of Washington. Nene took over and scored the first six points in overtime, which was particularly impressive considering he was going up against recently crowed Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah.

It is Nene’s dominance over Noah in the first two games of the series that just might be the exact reason why the Wizards have a two-game advantage. Noah has surrendered 21 points per game and 1.11 points per play to the Wizards. On top of that, he has allowed Washington to shoot 62.1 percent from the field against him. Nene has scored 13.5 points per game and shot 65.0 percent from the floor when going up against Noah.

Everyone knew that offense was going to be an issue for Chicago in the playoffs. The hope was that their stellar defense and ability to never give up would be enough to over their glaring weakness. Unfortunately, it’s hard to play with a strong effort when the opposing team knows exactly how to exploit the biggest flaw. Not to mention, the Wizards have proven in the series that they will bend but they won’t break.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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