Rapid Reaction: Wizards 87, Bulls 84
April, 16, 2012
By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- Let's take a quick look at how the Washington Wizards stunned the Chicago Bulls 87-84 on Monday night at the United Center.
How it happened: Playing without Derrick Rose (foot) and Luol Deng (ribs) the Bulls looked lifeless throughout the night and suffered one of their worst losses of the year. Kevin Seraphin led the Wizards with 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Bulls simply did not have an answer. The only good news for the Bulls was that Rip Hamilton finally played crunch-time minutes (34 total on the night) and scored 22 points. Still, the Bulls should be embarrassed by the way they played.
What it means: Don't use Rose and Deng's injuries as an excuse. Don't use the poor officiating, either -- it was bad on both ends. The Bulls were absolutely awful in this one and got exactly what they deserved. They played with no energy on the second night of a back-to-back and allowed a bad team to hang around. They did the same thing on Sunday night in Detroit, but Rose was able to bail them out in the end. The Bulls didn't have Rose on Monday but it shouldn't have mattered. They got absolutely dominated in the paint and didn't show the type of focus that has propelled them this year. Tom Thibodeau has to be concerned that his group can't develop the type of rhythm they need before the postseason begins.
Stat of the night: The Wizards outscored the Bulls in the paint, 48-22.
Bold play of the game: With 15 seconds left and the Wizards clinging to a one-point lead, veteran Maurice Evans went to the line and dropped in two clutch free throws, giving the Wizards a three-point lead they wouldn't relinquish.
What's next: The Bulls have a day off Tuesday before facing off against the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night.