Chuck Swirsky

Hinrich's 3rd foul Bulls 51-46 late 1st half

Aggrey Sam

Taj and Kirk making it happen.

Chuck Swirsky

If you're here at the UC..you're making this place rock

Chuck Swirsky

Taj Gibson is a man...when he has the ball near the rim get out of the way or you're on a poster

Nick Friedell

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.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls 49-44..232 left 1st half Taj with 8pts 4 reb DJ 9pts 7-7 fts

Aggrey Sam

Taj providing a big lift, back-to-back buckets...Bulls have some momentum

Mike McGraw

This is like a preseason game free throw pace -- 33 so far

Chuck Swirsky

DJ at stripe 5-5fts tied at 40

Aggrey Sam

Wizards playing football out here.

Mike McGraw

Bulls have closed the FTA gap to 15-14

Aggrey Sam

Wonder how long Thibs lets Jimmy rest.

Aggrey Sam

Maybe that gets him going a little.

Aggrey Sam

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.

Chuck Swirsky

Wizards 37-35 556 left 1st half Nene with 14pts Boozer-Butler each with 9

Nick Friedell

Nene is killing the Bulls. He's got 14 already. Bulls don't have an answer right now.

Mike McGraw

Surprised at this stat from today's Washington Post -- Andre Miller is 0-9 in playoff series over his career.

Sam Smith

Both teams in penalty with 8:18 left in second quarter. Officials get time and a half for long game

Sam Smith

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

Aggrey Sam

Jimmy's doing everything right now...we already know he comes to play in the postseason from last year

Chuck Swirsky

Butler playing out of his mind....incredible energy

Nick Friedell

Jimmy Butler has had a solid first half -- on both ends. Very aggressive and looks confident. He's got 9 points already.

Chuck Swirsky

Nene picks up his 2nd foul..Butler's second steal. Bulls down 30-29 845 left 2nd Q

KC Johnson

If he keeps playing like this, Jimmy Butler might not come out the entire postseason.

Mike McGraw

That's two fouls on Nene

Chuck Swirsky

Wizards shooting Bulls 5 team fouls

Mike McGraw

Fortunately for Bulls, Wizards are just 7 for 14 at foul line.

Nick Friedell

As Thibs would say: The Bulls are getting some "tough whistles" right now. Wiz are just 7-for-13 from the line.

Mike McGraw

Holy cow, Wizards in bonus at 9:32 mark of 2ndQ. FTs are already 14-3.

Chuck Swirsky

Nazr's 3rd foul in 2 min 2nd Q

KC Johnson

Bulls in penalty for 9:32.

Aggrey Sam

Webster looks a bit shaken up, misses the FT...Bulls don't get goaltend on Jimmy drive and foul

Aggrey Sam

Webster looks a bit shaken up, misses the FT.

Mike McGraw

Snell hits first playoff jumper, but gives Martell Webster a 4-pt opportunity

Aggrey Sam

Tony hits his 1st-ever playoff shot attempt, then fouls Webster on a trey on the next possession.

Aggrey Sam

Beal over DJ in the post...a lot of size vs. him on D (Wall and Miller at the 1, Beal if he switches)

KC Johnson

Seems mandatory to have "ageless" and "Andre Miller" in the same sentence. Or at least "crafty."

Mike McGraw

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.

Aggrey Sam

Jimmy is queitly going to work early.

Sam Smith

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

Chuck Swirsky

Wizards 24-22 end of 1 Boozer with 9pts Nene with 8 Bulls 43% yet down by only 2

KC Johnson

Boozer has averaged 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds in 78 career playoff games.

Nick Friedell

Boozer off to a very good start for the Bulls. He's got 9 points and 3 rebounds -- providing some solid offense.

Aggrey Sam

Thibs will talk about floor balance at halftime based off that Wizards break...meanwhile, Dunleavy is 0-5 now

Mike McGraw

Brutal 1stQ for Dunleavy

KC Johnson

In the pre-series media lectures from Thibodeau about underestimating Wizards, Ariza and Gortat were close.

Aggrey Sam

Booker the 1st Wizards big off the bench, replaced Nene...wonder who comes in next between Gooden and Harrington

Mike McGraw

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

Nick Friedell

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.

KC Johnson

Mike Dunleavy, whose Dad is in the house, hasn't been close yet on his first 4 attempts.

Mike McGraw

Bad news when Trevor Booker starts knocking down jumpers. Bulls 6-16 FGs, Wiz 7-14. Wash up 19-13 late 1stQ.

Chuck Swirsky

Wizards 19-13 258 left 1st Q Bulls 37%fg have yet to go to the line

Aggrey Sam

Kirk picks up his 2nd, DJ checks in...Bulls already in penalty

KC Johnson

DJ coming in a tad earlier than his usual rotation turn with Hinrich drawing 2nd foul.

Aggrey Sam

Safe to say Nene's 100 percent.

Sam Smith

Bulls having trouble with Nene; may have written "Hilario" on scouting reports, thus confusing players. 12-8 Wiz

Chuck Swirsky

Wizards 12 Bulls 8--533 left Nene-8pts Boozer 4 and 2 reb

Nick Friedell

Dunleavy looks a little nervous early. Can't blame him. It's probably one of the biggest games he's been in since he was at Duke.

Aggrey Sam

Dunleavy way off on his 1st 2 attempts.

Mike McGraw

Clamping down on those pick-and-rolls is a big part of Bulls success in this series. They let Nene get away on that dunk.

Aggrey Sam

Yeah, the Wizards don't seem nervous so far.

Aggrey Sam

Jimmy gets the Bulls on the board.

Aggrey Sam

Nene with the 1st 2 buckets of the game.

Aggrey Sam

Nene quiets the UC to start the scoring in Game 1.

KC Johnson

At least on the opening possession, Noah on Nene. Boozer on Gortat. Noah defended Nene well during season, not so much Gortat.

Nick Friedell

To a man who really knows how to rock a blazer -- Get Well Soon, Craig. Look forward to seeing you back in Chicago soon. #GetWellSager

Sam Smith

Bulls intro. Notice even with his clear No. 1 status & popularity, Noah continues to ask to be introduced third, in the middle, for centers.

Nick Friedell

The fans at the UC are rocking early. Joakim Noah gets a huge ovation.

Chuck Swirsky

Bulls Radio is Rollin from Chicago http://t.co/tmkmqjBIge

Nick Friedell

Always interesting to see how much tighter some players/coaches/execs get at the start of the playoffs. A different feel before games.

Nick Friedell

Starters for Game 1: Wizards: Ariza, Nene, Gortat, Beal, Wall. Bulls: Dunleavy, Boozer, Noah, Butler and Hinrich.

Aggrey Sam

Nene is starting for the Wizards.

Mike McGraw

Nene did not play in last meeting, when Bulls romped on Apr. 5. The last time he did play vs. Bulls, he hit 3 of 15 shots on Jan. 17.

KC Johnson

Nene listed as a starter vs. Bulls.

Mike McGraw

Nene is listed as Wizards starter. He was going to play more than Trevor Booker, anyway.

KC Johnson

Steve Kerr dressed in a tribute to Sager. Solid. Didn't get pic but check the TNT telecast.

Mike McGraw

Fun fact: Since 1982, Wizards have won 1 playoff series (vs. Bulls in '05). Bulls have won 35 playoff series since '82.

Mike McGraw

Wash coach Randy Wittman wouldn't say whether he'll start Nene (instead of Trevor Booker, presumably).

Mike McGraw

Thibs got another pregame question about Wizards playoff inexperience. They have six rotation guys with 40+ games & two who played in Finals

Chuck Swirsky

Thanks Twitter world on the Pops tribute. You re appreciated. Great response !

Chuck Swirsky

Can anyone tweet the video of Pops talking about Craig Sager. Thank you .

KC Johnson

"Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties/Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise . . ."

Chuck Swirsky

Go Bulls ! http://t.co/8eFvtGkXXm

Chuck Swirsky

Welcome to the playoffs ! http://t.co/BJtY8Y3iWP

Aggrey Sam

Also from yesterday, even though there's nothing really left to be said at this point: bit.ly/1gKgH8z

Aggrey Sam

Some quick notes heading into tonight's Game 1: bit.ly/1fcCCES

Mike McGraw

Ridiculous that NBA hasn't fixed that issue. It makes the refs look bad when they're reviewing missed calls but can't fix them.

Mike McGraw

But defender never touched ball, so replay is conclusive -- the ball went out of bounds off Rose.

Mike McGraw

It's been about 4 yrs since the Bulls game vs. Nets where Rose lost ball late and replays showed he lost it because defender grabbed his arm

Mike McGraw

I brought that up with Joey Crawford one year when the refs have their preseason availability. Didn't get very far.

Mike McGraw

Sure hope the NBA fixes the replay ssytem. League sent out the expected "Chris Paul was fouled, but that's not reviewable" memo today.

KC Johnson

Bulls are 29-6 all-time in Game 1s at home. my.chicagotribune.com/#section/444/a…

Sam Smith

The Bulls and Wizards could be a long series. bit.ly/1gZ6Z5D

Nick Friedell

Jimmy Butler said his body gets used to playing 48 minutes a night during the playoffs. The regular season definitely prepped him for that.

Nick Friedell

Even MJ is ready for the playoffs. http://t.co/uQ6251wt28