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Nene is nice.
Petition for a sixth player.
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More of the two-man game. Nene and Miller working nicely together.
John Wall sent back to bench. Maybe Randy Wittman is waiting for the commercial timeout.
Every Toyota Center seat covered with red "This is H-Town 2014 playoffs" T-shirt. Rocket fans in concourse revved up, to say the least
They're letting Stamkos stay in the game? Hockey is messed, man.
Get Well Craig. Know that you are in our thoughts. Stay the course and get well, soon.
Very ironic to see an ad where Boozer is presented as a defensive obstacle during the 4Q of a game where he's sitting because of his D. AK
Nene’s minutes limit has been upped to infinity.
You gotta make some free throws in the fourth to win this. Gotta.
Back to 1...
Seeing the clip of confetti raining down and Gilbert Arenas on the scorer’s table. Which year did the Wizards win the title again?
LARRY HUGHES/GILBERT ARENAS HIGHLIGHTS!!! *swoons*
I'm watching Yannick Noah watch Joakim Noah. The dad cheers louder than the Heat media. That's how into it Yannick is.
Bulls going small..DJ-Hinrich-Butler on the floor
I have to say I had given up on DJ Augustin a long time ago. But what a player for Chicago.
Bulls 79-76 839 left 4th
Andre Miller making an impact for the Wizards.
Just awful, Andre Miller. Have to tag Butler off much better than that.
Nice oop from Jo to Jimmy.
No amount of ticky tack fouls are going to convince these teams to stop playing physically, refs.
Andre Miller, Nene and Bradley Beal got to get a three-man going or the Wizards are going to be in trouble.
Giant screens are all the rage in Texas. http://t.co/G0FDdbC5bo
Even Thibs taking time out from an intense game to wish Craig Sager well...shows how respected he is at his craft
I love that Nene is healthy enough to play in this series. Wizards are a really fun, complete team when they're at full strength.
Love the tweets....awesome commentary from our twitter world and listeners on Bulls Radio Net ESPN 1000 and SiriusXM 217
4th Q coming up--how do the Bulls seal the deal?
These two teams are evenly matched through 3. Bulls up 75-72. Augustin has 12 points -- but he is just 2-for-10 from the field.
Seeing Harrington reminds me of time he got T'd up at end of Knicks Clips game for slapping the board after a dunk -- for 2d time that game
Bulls 75-72 after 3 Bulls 42% fg yet up 3--FTS 16-19 Bulls OR -11- Wash 6
In one sense, Wiz lucky to only be down three. In another, they should be winning.
Bulls lead 75-72 after three.
That's incredible that Thibodeau never even played Boozer in 47 fourth quarters. Wow. Real accountability.
Jimmy Butler has all these lob passes timed. Lucky that was a foul.
Wow this stat: 47 times out of 76 game played this season, Carlos Boozer sat on the bench the entire 4Q.
Booker's been all over Gibson from get-go, cheap-suit style. Ref Jones whistles it, tell him to knock it off.
Martell Webster clearly has on his mind upping the Wizards' 3FGAs.
Everyone ready to go, but extended TV timeout has 'em all standing around waiting for green light.
Advanced analytics: I think the Bobcats are in trouble.
Wizards shooting a whopping 69% fg in 3rd 9 of 13 Bulls 47%
Even at a playoff game, the United Center crowd gets most turnt up for the Dunkin Donuts race.
Here's what this game comes down to: can the Wizards get more out of their second unit in the fourth quarter. Depth is going to win this.
Clyde "The Glide" Drexler stepped into press room to pay respects. Trail Blazer legend calling games as TV analyst for Rockets network
Bulls 73-70 247 left 3rd
Something about Trevor Ariza. Not just his stroke, but he's such a calming presence with the way he plays with his team down.
Wizards cut it to 1.
Nene is sucking the air out of United Center. No, not with his performance for visiting Wiz -- he's tuckered and really sucking the air.
Gortat and Ariza hyping themselves up before play resumes...Kirk proceeds to hit a J over Gortat
For someone whose floor game has really grown and who averaged 8.8 assists, John Wall throws a lot of casual passes.
21,694 -sellout....UC is rockin
I have never seen Trevor Ariza yell on the basketball court.
When you blow 3rd and 4th chances, they should debit your 2nd-chance points total.
Wiz on a 6-0 run..Bulls 69-63 ..Hinrich Teched up 512 left 3rd
Hinrich T'd up during this timeout. Been brewing all game.
Dunleavy has 11 points in 5:30. He turned things around quickly.
Bulls being pass-happy and it paid off on that possession
Bradley Beal now 2 of 8. Wizards can't win without him finding some rhythm.
Gortat has not played well against Chicago this season, and that’s continued.
Wizards backcourt is 6-20
Nene 3rd foul
Nene-Wall get steal that leads to Wall fb dunk. Wittman implores Wiz to get it done on D.
Bulls 10-3 run 3rd
Wall can’t let Kirk do that.
Ariza backs away from Hinrich, cuz of Dunleavy behind him. So Hinrich finishes w. reverse lay. CHI 64, WAS 51, 9:49 3Q.
Bulls on a 10-3 run to start 3rd. They're trying to end this thing early. Wizards D better find itself quickly.
Wizards timeout as Bulls lead 64-51 early in 3Q
10-3 Bulls run to start the 3rd, Wizards timeout...Bulls now up 13
Dunleavy hits his first two shots after missing all five in the first half. Bulls need his offense.
Love that play call. Dunleavy 0-for-5 in first half. Thibodeau sets up play on opening possession of second for open 3-pointer.
Underrated one-handed rebounder: Jimmy Butler. Having a really nice all-around game so far.
Nene 14p for Wizards 1H, in 15:55. Most he played in 5g after missing 21 games w. L MCL spain: 24:17. Hasn't topped 30m since Feb.
That was big for Dunleavy's confidence.
Bulls have closed the gaps on 3s...only 4 taken in 1st half..
Bulls have shut down Beal--Butler smothering D Butler 9pts 5 reb
Offensive rebounds are more about after-effects of being in rotation than inside positioning. Wiz were getting over screens early, not late.
Wizards attempted an average of 20.8 3-pointers per game during regular season. Shot 4 in first half.
I find the Old Spice mom commercials disturbing.
Heat doesn't even feel the need to practice tomorrow.
Thoughts on the 2nd half Bulls fans and yes I read every tweet--thank you.
FT shooting----Bulls 14-17 82% Wiz 12-21 57% Wiz bigs: 3-9FTS
I don't think the issue with Al Jefferson will be availability, but rather effectiveness. Heat will put him a zillion pick-and-rolls.
Washington was top 10 in defensive rebound % this year, corralling over 3/4 of opponent misses but you wouldn't know it from that 1st half
Since all-star break, Bulls are 14-0 when scoring 100 pts. Have 54 at halftime.
Tony Snell played entire 2ndQ. Not a huge surprise, considering Dunleavy had a rough 1stQ and Bulls played relatively well.
Sure, just like we all predicted: Bulls on pace for 108 points.
Bulls 54-48 at the break. DJ 12---8 of 8 from the line Boozer-Butler each with 9 Nene-14 Wall-12
Bulls up 54-48 at the half. Augustin leads the Bulls with 12 points. Hinrich had 10. Nene had a big first half for the Wizards with 14.
Snell shoots 32 percent from three, and fans pretend like it’s definitely going in as soon as he raises up.
Being good is good, but that'll get ya Drew Gooden
Gooden’s too high there, but Wall didn’t help him by not fighting through that screen.
DJ's eyes lit up when he saw it was Gooden, not Nene, guarding the hoop.
DJ with 11..the hoop and harm on Gooden
Washington 25th in FT percentage during regular season. 12-for-21 thus far.
Most surprising stat of the night so far: Tony Snell has racked up 11 minutes.
Hinrich's 3rd foul Bulls 51-46 late 1st half
Taj and Kirk making it happen.
If you're here at the UC..you're making this place rock
Lot of same tweeps trying to get Taj Gibson to trend will be shoving him at Knicks when Carmelo chatter fires up in July.
Taj Gibson is a man...when he has the ball near the rim get out of the way or you're on a poster
Bulls bench outscoring Wiz 19-6. Drew Gooden is about to check in. Chicago leading 49-44
Taj Gibson is starting to feel it. He's got 8 points and 4 rebounds. Looks like he's going to start going crazy -- in a good way for Bulls.
Offensive rebound issues often caused by dribble penetration. Guards were doing much better earlier, struggling a bit now.
Taj is good.
Bulls 49-44..232 left 1st half Taj with 8pts 4 reb DJ 9pts 7-7 fts
Klay Thompson thinks the Bulls are in the china shop, or something like that. CHI 49, WAS 44, 2:32 2Q.
Wizards officially rattled after a Chicago run puts Bulls up 49-44 with 2:32 left in half.
Taj providing a big lift, back-to-back buckets...Bulls have some momentum
The Wizards knew this was going to be a scrum of bodies and hipchecks. Which is why they can't leave 7 points at the FT line in a half.
This is like a preseason game free throw pace -- 33 so far
Bulls take 1st lead
It’s a crime that dunk from Nene won’t count.
Obviously the Wizards are the first team that gets called for their big man holding a defender’s arm.
DJ at stripe 5-5fts tied at 40
Gortat moved Noah out of Nene's way like he was a chest of drawers.
Wizards playing football out here.
Bulls have closed the FTA gap to 15-14
Wonder how long Thibs lets Jimmy rest.
What a pass by Gortat. Few do the short roll better. Or the long roll, matter of fact.
Maybe that gets him going a little.
Votes already in and small sample size, but for people who don't see Jo much, this Nene 1st 1/2 might make them think he isn't DPOY-worthy.
Not that I would play Drew Gooden crazy minutes, but if Trevor Booker doesn't wake up Randy Wittman might want to get him some run.
Wizards 37-35 556 left 1st half Nene with 14pts Boozer-Butler each with 9
Nene putting up challenge for DPOY favorite Noah. Ballots deadline was Thursday though.
Nene knocking them down. He's got 14 already.
D.J. Augustin looks sloppy so far
Nene is by far the Wizards’ best mid-range shooter. Ranked 11th among those with 100 attempts from 16-24 feet.
Nene is killing the Bulls. He's got 14 already. Bulls don't have an answer right now.
Surprised at this stat from today's Washington Post -- Andre Miller is 0-9 in playoff series over his career.
Kirk Hinrich is hearing footsteps. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports) http://t.co/q4Xw3HAV09
Both teams in penalty with 8:18 left in second quarter. Officials get time and a half for long game
Jimmy Butler's activity in lanes--second steal on skip pass--and helping on boards w/team hi 4 keeping Bulls in, down 30-29
Nene is playing aggressively and already is a lightning rod for Chicago crowd in series.
I don’t really know Taylor Swift lyrics or I’d think of something to say about Butler. He’s been great so far.
Jimmy Butler still has a ways to go to refine his offensive game. But he gets to the line an absolute ton.
Jimmy's doing everything right now...we already know he comes to play in the postseason from last year
Butler playing out of his mind....incredible energy
Jimmy Butler’s going to be a problem.
Jimmy Butler has had a solid first half -- on both ends. Very aggressive and looks confident. He's got 9 points already.
Nene picks up his 2nd foul..Butler's second steal. Bulls down 30-29 845 left 2nd Q
If he keeps playing like this, Jimmy Butler might not come out the entire postseason.
That's two fouls on Nene
Jo gets on the board.
Raucous “MVP” chants as Jo goes to the line for the first time.
Wizards shooting Bulls 5 team fouls
Fortunately for Bulls, Wizards are just 7 for 14 at foul line.
Would not surprise me if we saw Melee A Nene at some point in this series.
Crowd at United Center might not know the actual personal fouls count (12 Bulls, 5 Wizards) but they're booing like they do.
Nazr Mohammed has three fouls in two minutes. That's like Greg Kite numbers.
As Thibs would say: The Bulls are getting some "tough whistles" right now. Wiz are just 7-for-13 from the line.
Holy cow, Wizards in bonus at 9:32 mark of 2ndQ. FTs are already 14-3.
Two quick fouls on Nazr and the Bulls are already in the penalty at the 9:32 mark. Joakim Noah checking back in.
Nazr's 3rd foul in 2 min 2nd Q
Bulls in penalty for 9:32.
Webster looks a bit shaken up, misses the FT...Bulls don't get goaltend on Jimmy drive and foul
Full disclosure: Would have hated a 13-12 game if deadlines had been an issue. Not so this afternoon.
Tony Snell follows up a big bucket by fouling a three-point shooter. Not so good.
Webster looks a bit shaken up, misses the FT.
Snell hits first playoff jumper, but gives Martell Webster a 4-pt opportunity
Tony hits his 1st-ever playoff shot attempt, then fouls Webster on a trey on the next possession.
Beal over DJ in the post...a lot of size vs. him on D (Wall and Miller at the 1, Beal if he switches)
Why I enjoy covering Triple-A baseball: Salt Lake trails, 11-0, after the top of the first. Ends up losing to Albuquerque, 13-12.
Nene too strong for Noah and too quick for Nazr.
A few years ago I bumped into Steve Kerr on a beach in San Diego. We didn't talk Knicks back then. He was playing catch with Chris Chandler.
Seems mandatory to have "ageless" and "Andre Miller" in the same sentence. Or at least "crafty."
Check that: 7 years since last Gm 1 in Houston. They were a rare homecourt No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 Utah in 2007. Lost in 7.
Bulls did well to get out of that 1stQ trailing by 2. Boozer off to good start w/ 9 pts. Tony Snell getting his first playoff run.
Wizards keep fronting the post, overplaying with weakside help. You can live with Butler doing that.
Jimmy is queitly going to work early.
Good news: I bumped into Steve Kerr in Chicago. Bad news: He ain't talking about anything coaching related, and that includes the Knicks.
Cool Ray Allen Celtics jersey, fan right below the press box.
Wizards 24, Bulls 22, 1Q. Martell Webster lobbies ref David Jones after horn, re: blocking foul vs. Boozer, last min. Jones: Nope.
Y’all, this’ll be Randy Wittman’s first between-quarter interview … ever?
Same old Bulls. Where would they be without Carlos Boozer, leading team w/9 pts and tied most rebs and assists. 24-22 Wiz after one
Wizards 24-22 end of 1 Boozer with 9pts Nene with 8 Bulls 43% yet down by only 2
Wizards lead 24-22 after one quarter.
Carlos Boozer outplaying Marcin Gortat through one quarter. That's why the Bulls are within 2, 24-22, after one.
Not sure about that call. Webster snuck out of the cylinder, appeared set.
Boozer has averaged 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds in 78 career playoff games.
Boozer off to a very good start for the Bulls. He's got 9 points and 3 rebounds -- providing some solid offense.
Boozer had the longest lasting illegal screen in the history of basketball
Thibs will talk about floor balance at halftime based off that Wizards break...meanwhile, Dunleavy is 0-5 now
Brutal 1stQ for Dunleavy
Just 4.8 sec on official clock from Dunleavy's missed 3FGA (he's 0/5) and Trevor Ariza's breakout dunk.
In the pre-series media lectures from Thibodeau about underestimating Wizards, Ariza and Gortat were close.
Worst any team can do is fall in love with their jumper on the road. Against the Bulls, it's a deathknell. So far, so good for the Wizards.
Wall could have settled for that jumper, but he didn’t. Very good sign.
Booker the 1st Wizards big off the bench, replaced Nene...wonder who comes in next between Gooden and Harrington
Now Taj Gibson checks in.
Wizards are one of league's worst in getting to line, but lead in FTAs 7-0 so far. Bulls top scorer (Hinrich w/ 5 pts) is on bench w/2 fouls
One other thing I noticed on film and early tonight: Nene/Gortat/Booker/etc will switch big-to-big D assignments mid-possession a lot.
Bulls are 6-for-16 from the floor. They've got to find the guy who will get them out of shooting slumps in the playoffs.
Mike Dunleavy, whose Dad is in the house, hasn't been close yet on his first 4 attempts.
Hello world. May I introduce you to John Wall’s one-handed and jump passes. I’ll make sure they have name tags.
Bad news when Trevor Booker starts knocking down jumpers. Bulls 6-16 FGs, Wiz 7-14. Wash up 19-13 late 1stQ.
Wizards 19-13 258 left 1st Q Bulls 37%fg have yet to go to the line
Selfishly, I hope Steve Kerr doesn't coach. Guy is too good as a TV analyst