Wizards Look To Silence "The Windy City"Posted on January 12, 2014 by Carlton Holliday Jr.
The Washington Wizards are looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss at home to the Houston Rockets as they head to “The Heart of America” to face the raging Bulls. The Chicago Bulls (17-18) are the hottest team in the league. They've won five straight games and eight of their last ten, not even the leakage in the Verizon Center could stop them.
Even without MVP, Derrick Rose, and since trading away perennial All-Star, Luol Deng, the well-coached Bulls have still found a way to win. The Washington Wizards look to silence “The Windy City,” and pick up another impressive road victory.
Thorn less Rose: The Bulls have lost Derrick Rose to an injury to his meniscus in his knee. Despite playing in just ten games this season, Rose is still among top vote-getters in All-Star votes. The Chicago Bulls are still a very dangerous team even without Rose on the court. Last season, the Wizards split the four game series with the Bulls. This same Bulls team made the playoffs and advanced to the second round without Rose seeing a single minute of action on the court.
The Chicago Bulls are one of the worse teams on offense. The Bulls only average 91.4 points per game. They are ranked dead last in the league in scoring. They're collectively shooting just 42% from the field, which ranks them 29th in the league. They also shoot 33% from three point range, which ranks them 28th in the league. The Chicago Bulls are offensively challenged, but superb defensively.
The Bulls may statistically appear to be a weak offensive team, but they are well balanced. So far in the month of January, six members of the Bulls are averaging double digits in scoring.
The one area of the game where the Chicago Bulls are strong is on the boards. The Bulls average 45 rebounds per game which ranks them in the top ten in the league. The Wizards must limit the Bulls from getting offensive boards and second chance points. Look for Trevor Booker, Nene and Marcin Gortat to play physical. The Wizards' bigs must play solid defense and make their presence felt in the paint. They must also limit any penetration and layups.
Joakim Noah is one of the best rebounders in the game. He has an unorthodox style of play and he’s very active in the paint. The Wizards must limit Noah’s productivity in order to pick up a win. Both teams are in the thick of things for a spot in the playoffs. These head to head match-ups will show their importance when it comes to playoff seeding at the end of the regular season.