Mike Prada

Booker has to snare this rebound. Nene jumped out to contest and Gibson shoved Ariza out of the way. http://t.co/UNGAgbrzGK

Mike Prada

Bulls had great misdirection on this Hawk set, Wiz all looking away from the pick and roll. Will we see this more? http://t.co/BZsp1oX77J

Mike Prada

Nene missed, but noteworthy that Brad gave it up right away instead of a beat later. Think that was Randy’s gameplan. http://t.co/tbEccqls22

Mike Prada

Great cut by Booker here. Bulls overplay a ton, Wiz were sharp with finding space in these situations. http://t.co/Qb9Q9vMgWZ

Mike Prada

Very curious to see how the Bulls adjust to the Wizards’ overplays. Saw a lot of fronting and zoning like so. http://t.co/fdwzsfLymu

Mike Prada

Bulls dilemma: half-court offense isn’t good enough to score enough, but misses on plays like this lead to breaks. http://t.co/XOZXrZtT7z

Mike Prada

We’ve seen Wall take this shot tons of times this year. Turned it down this time. http://t.co/HYdWQgskcD

Mike Prada

Nice job here by Marcin to back screen when Noah was two nineing. Wall missed, but good way to stay involved. http://t.co/kejGFfZcKn

Mike Prada

That drive by Beal to finish over Butler AND Noah midway through the first quarter was real tough. Bulls really ran Wiz off the line.

Mike Prada

This TO looks bad for Wall, but Beal needs to drift to the corner. http://t.co/HZKbhtZX8X

Mike Prada

Bulls often drop off mid-range shooters, but this is exaggerated. Will it continue in Game 2? http://t.co/ZCpRrCY3rf

Ted Leonsis

Vines, Gifs, Self Expression dlvr.it/5SDrXB

Mike Prada

Thank you Synergy based god for having Buck and Phil on the Wiz-Bulls file. Missed hearing them with me now being out of market.

Carla Peay

Nene has a Statement Game as the #Wizards take down the Bulls in Game 1 of their best-of-seven first round series. pressboxdc.com/2014/04/21/nen…

Mike Prada

As @UKhanNBA notes, Bulls were willing to live with Nene facilitating in high post last night. Will they in Game 2? sbn.to/1ms1y0o

Michael Lee

Nene hadn't scored 20 pts since 2/22, but 24 pt-effort in 35 mins vs CHI wasn't too surprising. Avgd 24.7 pts per-36 previous 4 gms #wizards

Mike Prada

ICYMI over the weekend, here’s how the Hawks present matchup problems for Roy Hibbert and the Pacers. sbn.to/1mqR1oH

Bradley Beal

Thank God for all of His blessings and for allowing us to see another day !!

Chris Miller

Front page of the Chicago Tribune says it all. http://t.co/McUG9msKZ5

Michael Lee

Then, Andre Miller teamed up with Nene to rescue #wizards in the 4thQ of Game 1 vs CHI: wapo.st/1i7yVWL

Michael Lee

The day before Game 1, Andre Miller discussed some of his first-round frustrations & influence with #wizards: bitly.com/1pji0Ve

Michael Lee

Nene: "We need to trust each other & the sky is the limit. I think we can surprise a lot of teams if we play the right way." #wizards

Michael Lee

Nene "People say things that they don’t know, but who can control our present is ourselves. Who can control our future is only God" #wizards

Michael Lee

Nene was overcome by butterflies night before Game 1 vs CHI. Went out & overwhelmed Bulls, led #wizards to victory: wapo.st/1i2LxNS

Chris Miller

About to go on WGN Radio the game 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago. The town is shocked Bulls couldn't close the game out.

Michael Lee

As @brandoncparker points out in analysis, victory over CHI marks WAS first in Game 1 of 7-game series since 1979: wapo.st/Pn86kz

Michael Lee

#wizards didn’t merely win Game 1 of 1st playoff series in 6 years; they out- Chicagoed the Bulls (via @Mike Wise): wapo.st/1pmPTVc

Mike Prada

What irony: the Knicks have kicked Mike Woodson to the curb and wouldn’t let him sit here for a proper exit interview.

Marcin Gortat

Z Andrzejem Fonfara po meczu!!! Dzieki za wsparcie!

Marcin Gortat

Goscie na meczu w chicago!!!! http://t.co/N8xeQq6fg4

Marcin Gortat

The way u dress the way u play.... http://t.co/zwb4v6MNWW

Mike Prada

Your Game 1 headline, via @AminNBA: Stunning of the Bulls. http://t.co/pFTaEohcBS

Chris Miller

I'm laughing at people now tweeting texting and talking about the #Wizards now after they beat #Bulls.

Chris Singleton

Maybe I'm just paranoid

Michael Lee

Nene after scoring 24 pts to lead #wizards to 102-93 win over CHI. “It’s a magical moment.” http://t.co/gMydC0h9PD

Mike Prada

Maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t think Blazers-Rockets was a good game. Was for 45 minutes, but too many fouls, too little flow late.

Mike Prada

I’m going to need a night to process that game

Mike Prada

These teams just clutch and hold late. Impossible to officiate properly.

Mike Prada

Yeah, that was not the best switch in the world. But hard to play straight up with such a small lineup.

Mike Prada

Batum has to do better than that. As much on him as Freeland.

Mike Prada

That Lin/Harden pick and roll has Portland hunting for a switch. Nice adjustment to have Lin drive.

Mike Prada

That was a poor decision, though. Webber’s right: the ball’s going to Aldridge anyway, so just have Batum dribble it up the wing and enter.

Mike Prada

Rockets-Blazers games are impossible to officiate. The regular-season game in Houston in March was a disaster too.

Mike Prada

Dubbing this the Mismatch series. Jones can’t guard Aldridge. Lopez can’t guard Dwight. Nobody can guard Harden. Harden can’t guard anybody

Mike Prada

Matthews wrapped Harden up like Trevor Ariza did in that game in February. Refs didn’t call it this time. Overtime.

Mike Prada

Beverley fell asleep on that offensive board. Sneaky play by Lillard.

Mike Prada

There have been half a dozen versions of this game during Houston’s season. The Wizards played in one of them.

Mike Prada

If Dwight’s on Aldridge, I’d try Lillard/Matthews two-man action that forces Harden to switch onto Damian.

Mike Prada

Wes has made that stepback this year, I think I can live with that shot.

Mike Prada

Easy to say “Plug the lane, build a wall on Harden in transition,” but then someone cuts or is wide open.

Mike Prada

And yup, there it is. Makes OKC’s late-game pace look good.

Mike Prada

And now we get to see Houston’s late-game crunch-time offense.

Mike Prada

Dwight jabbed Lopez twice. Snuck ‘em in. And there was that regular-season game where the two went at it. I can see why he’s mad.

Mike Prada

Rockets quickly sending cutters through when the Blazers double from the baseline, so … not sure that adjustment will do it.

Mike Prada

Zippidy doo dah, zippidy day. Patrick Beverley’s having a wonderful day.

Mike Prada

Double team from the baseline, interesting.

Mike Prada

McHale’s really good at playing good lineup combinations at the right times, which is a huge part of being a good coach.

Mike Prada

Too many botched transition pickups. Dwight is going to go after Lopez, but you can’t let Houston get run outs this easily.

Mike Prada

I can’t complain too much because that was also Gilbert’s game. Also, because that last shot was incredibly tough.

Mike Prada

That’s James Harden’s game in a nutshell: take a high screen, pause, charge straight into a big with no intention to score, draw foul.

Mike Prada

That was an awkward version of the “Around the World” Flow set featured here. sbn.to/1mquiGN

Mike Prada

Blazers now discovering the Matthews in the post well has run dry. Bring out those wacky Flow sets and make Harden run.

Mike Prada

ANOTHER botched transition coverage. Blazers have to stop going after these offensive rebounds, unless they’re Robin Lopez.

Mike Prada

Just too many blown coverages in transition. Matthews can’t let Harden walk into that. Blazers have to be way more disciplined dropping back

Mike Prada

Portland’s transition D has been really rough all game. It was especially brutal on that missed Beverley three.

Michael Lee

That was the first time WAS won Game 1 of a playoff series since April 18, 1986, when the Bullets won, 95-94, at PHI.

Mike Prada

Charles Barkley speaking for all of basketball Twitter by going in at Shaq.

Andrew Sharp

You're not gonna believe this, but Shaq thinks Dwight needs to dominate

Mike Prada

Fun half. McHale going ultra small was a nice adjustment. That’s a good spot for Thomas Robinson, but POR has to get back.

Trevor Booker

Big win!! Can't be satisfied.

Mike Prada

Not the series for Aldridge to bail out his post defender with too many fadeaways. It’s his game, I get it, but he should go middle more.

Kevin Seraphin

We have done nothing yet but that a good start !!! #kslife #dcRising

Mike Prada

James Harden off-ball defense on full display.

Mike Prada

Not sure I like this Portland lineup. It allows Houston to hide Harden on Dorell Wright. I’d stay big.

Mike Prada

I still think posting Harden with Matthews is more about attitude and Matthews’ own aptitude down there than Harden specifically

Mike Prada

Portland’s a really good team, y’all. 54 wins, improved D in the second half of the year. Robinson’s playing well, they can shoot. Scary.

Mike Prada

Howard-Asik early is interesting. Had a feeling we might see that look sometime down the road.

Mike Prada

Those early post-ups by Matthews on Harden induced a switch. That was the benefit. Harden can guard Wes down there but HOU overreacted.

Mike Prada

Long term, switching Harden on Batum is a problem. Blazers can run Batum around and Harden will get lost.

Mike Prada

Portland is posting Aldridge and Matthews. Attacking where Houston is weak.

Mike Prada

Amazing photo (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) http://t.co/xB1gUyQLYS

Mike Prada

One game, obviously. Still a long series to go. But this shows why this series was definitely winnable.

Michael Lee

But, but the #wizards are so inexperienced...

Michael Lee

This will be the 1st points for John Wall or Bradley Beal in the 4thQ #wizards

Andrew Sharp

Can we build a statue of Nene outside Verizon in time for Game 3?

Mike Prada

If anyone in my apartment building is listening, please don’t issue me a noise violation.

Andrew Sharp

Nene & Gortat & THE WIZZZZZZZZZZZARDS

Mike Prada

http://t.co/qGikslMwfi

Mike Prada

Two big breakdowns there. Really lucky.

Mike Prada

Prepared for a ticky-tack foul of some kind to decide this one way or the other.