Mar 28, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards forward Martell Webster (9) dribbles past Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) during the fourth quarter at Verizon Center. Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers 91-78. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Links: Wizards To Begin Second Round of NBA Playoffs on Monday Against Indiana or Atlanta


 

We’re a few days removed from the Washington Wizards advancing to the second round of the NBA Playoffs after defeating the Chicago Bulls in a five game series and the Wizards web is excited, to say the least.

The pixels are flowing, but I did my best in gathering some snippets of my recent favorites. Enjoy.

- Reflecting on Wizards/Bulls with a Chicago perspective (Q&A):

The Bulls success did not carry over because they thought they could depend on their defense and wing it on offense. That was never going to fly because as you said Ben, the Wizards have a top ten defense. Thibodeau did absolutely nothing but hope and pray that someone could get hot and the defense would do the rest.

- The best and the worst of Wizards/Bulls:

John Wall had a solid series overall, managing the floor well, limiting his turnovers, and creating opportunities for his teammates. However, his shot selection left a lot to be desired.

- So, what’s up with Ernie Grunfeld?:

Let me start with this – I absolutely think that Grunfeld has earned the opportunity to interview for his position. He’s not a popular figure amongst the fans but making a retroactive decision does not take into account where the franchise is today.

- Wizards vs. the Pacers/Hawks will begin on Monday. But what challenges do they present?:

The Pacers also lack that speedy point guard that gives the Wizards fits and forces Ariza off his normal matchup. Washington can stick Ariza on George the whole time and limit his efficiency. That’s a major advantage.

- Tomas Satoransky is still apparently on Washington’s radar:

Tomas Satoransky, 22, is the precocious leader of the Cajasol Seville basketball squad. This season, he’s been better not just by his box score numbers, but he’s been showing growth and maturity off the court, too.

- It’s been a long time since the Wizards were relevant:

The Washington Wizards’ history during my lifetime conforms more closely to the latter — it’s a record of futility matched or exceeded perhaps only by the woeful Clippers (though the Clippers’ owner’s moral failures are unparalleled).

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