Apr 25, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy (34) dribbles the ball as Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) defends in the third quarter in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Bulls won 100-97. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Playoffs 2014, Bulls vs. Wizards: Game 4 Preview, Notes and Prediction Poll


The Washington Wizards failed to protect home court on Friday night, but they’ll have a chance to get their third playoff win on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls. The game will tip off at 1:00pm EST from the Verizon Center. It will be broadcasted on ABC.


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The Wizards have gained a reputation for having unexpected players drop big numbers on them and that unfortunately continued in the playoffs. Mike Dunleavy, who struggled in the first two games of the series, scored 35 points while knocking down 8 of his 10 three point opportunities. Granted, some of the shots he made were difficult, but the Wizards can’t allow Dunleavy to get going like he did in Game 3.

Dunleavy was defended by Bradley Beal, who’s guarantee that Dunleavy wouldn’t score in the second half was spoiled very quickly, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Wittman gives Trevor Ariza the defensive assignment. Ariza takes defense personally, and even though Beal is a solid defender, Ariza is Washington’s best perimeter defender and he’s more than capable of shutting him down.

The Bulls wouldn’t have had a chance if Dunleavy didn’t go bananas, but I think it’s safe to say he won’t have another 35 point performance in the series. The Wizards have to take care of home court and Sunday night’s game could be considered a ‘must win’.


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