At the conclusion of Wednesday evening, the final night of the NBA’s 2013-14 regular season, all of the playoff matchups were finalized. The Bulls, the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed, will take on Washington, with Game 1 of the first-round series at 6 p.m. at the United Center. The Bulls’ overtime loss to Charlotte kept them in fourth place to finish the campaign, perhaps good fortune in the long run—they will avoid facing Brooklyn in the opening round, not to mention a potential matchup with Miami in the second round, with shaky, top-seeded Indiana looming instead—after third-seeded Toronto lost to New York and the Nets, resting players for a second straight night, also fell. But the Wizards, who beat the Bulls in two out of their three regular-season matchups — the Bulls’ lone win, earlier this month, was a rout — are no slouch. Led by the young, dynamic backcourt of All-Star point guard John Wall and second-year sharpshooter Bradley Beal, the international interior tandem of center Marcin Gortat and power forward Nene, who recently returned to the lineup from injury,, the underrated small-forward duo of Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster, and a bench that includes grizzled veterans Al Harrington and Andre Miller, it’s a deep team with plenty of offensive firepower.
Bulls already mentally preparing for Wizards series
CSN Chicago | Apr 17