Saturday, April 19, 2014

NBA Playoffs Simulation - Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls

John Wall vs Derrick Rose would have been fun to watch but Rose missed most of yet another season. Instead the 4 seed Bulls are led by Point Center Joakim Noah. The Washington Wizards finally put it all together and with Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt, and Nene and Marcin Gortat upfront, actually have the pieces to gives the Bulls a run. Our simulation has the Bulls winning in 7 games.

Game 1

Wizards 94
Bulls NBA Playoffs Simulation Bulls 82

Wizards lead series 1-0


Neither team shot well as they both finished shooting 39% from the field. The main reason the Wizards won this game was thanks to ball control. The Bulls finished with 17 turnovers, compared to the Wizards 8 turnovers.

John Wall nearly recorded a triple double with 29 points (10-16), 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Marcin Gortat had a monster game as well with 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

Nearly all of the Bulls production came from Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer. Noah finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Gibson also double-doubled with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Boozer added 16 points and 8 rebounds but he did turn the ball over 6 times. Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and D.J. Augustin combined to shoot 8-30.


Game 2

Wizards 97
Bulls 91

Wizards lead series 2-0


Washington had a very good overall game shooting the basketball as they shot 45% from the field, but hit 9-12 from behind the arch and were 20-23 from the foul line.

John Wall led the way with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks. However he did turn the ball over 7 times. Trevor Ariza added 21 points on 7-10 shooting, including four 3's. Bradley Beal and Martell Webster combined to hit 5-5 from behind the arch. Marcin Gortat and Trevor Booker combined to score 8 points on 3-15 shooting but they grabbed 25 rebounds between the two of them.

D.J. Augustin had a team high 24 points for the Bulls, to go along with 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Joakim Noah double-doubled with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He also had 3 blocked shots and 3 steals.

Game 3

Bulls 98
Wizards 105

Wizards lead series 3-0


The Wizards dominated the paint as they outscored the Bulls 48-32. As a team Washington shot 51%. They jumped out to a 37-25 lead after the 1st quarter and never looked back, as they held on to win by 7.

John Wall had another big game with 24 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. Washington got nice production off the bench from Drew Gooden and Al Harrington. Gooden finished with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Harrington added 11 points as he hit 3 from behind the arch. Marcin Gortat double-doubled with 10 points, 13 rebounds and he also blocked 2 shots.

Chicago got good games out of Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich but got next to nothing from Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy and Joakim Noah. Boozer finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks, as Hinrich added 21 points. Butler, Dunleavy and Noah combined to score 16 points. Noah at least grabbed 16 rebounds.

Game 4

Bulls 106
Wizards NBA Playoffs Simulation Wizards 99

Wizards lead series 3-1


Chicago overcame a 10 point deficit in the second half and were able to keep the series alive, as they were able to steal game 4 by 7 points. The Bulls can thank their bench, because they outscored the Wizards bench 47-28.

D.J. Augustin hit five 3's off the bench as he scored 25 and dished out 6 assists. Tony Snell was 4-5 from behind the arch as he added 14 points. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Joakim Noah filled the stat sheet with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

John Wall was really the only guy to get going offensively for the Wizards. Wall finished with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Trevor Ariza didn't shoot well (4-13) but scored 14 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 5 assists. Andre Miller had a good game off the bench with 9 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists.

Game 5

Wizards 99
Bulls 120

Wizards lead series 3-2


The Bulls could not miss from the field in game 5, as they shot 57% from the field and hit 17-25 from behind the arch.

Once again D.J. Augustin sparked Chicago as he scored 33 points off the bench. Augustin was 10-16 from the field and hit nine 3's. Joakim Noah scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Mike Dunleavy had his best game of the series as he finished with 21 points. Dunleavy was 7-8 from the field and knocked down all 5 of his 3-point attempts.

For the 5th straight game, John Wall led the Wizards in scoring. Wall scored 18 points and dished out 11 assists. Marcin Gortat (17), Drew Gooden (15), Bradley Beal (14), Trevor Ariza (12) and Al Harrington (10) all finished in double figures.

Game 6

Bulls 105
Wizards 102

Series is tied 3-3


It appeared as if the Bulls were on the brink of elimination as they trailed the Wizards by 8 points going into the 4th quarter, but scored 42 points in the final quarter to force a game 7.

Mike Dunleavy led the Bulls with 25 points as he was 8-14 from the field and knocked down three 3's. Carlos Boozer nearly posted a double-double with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Taj Gibson added 11 points and 4 blocked shots off the bench. Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and D.J. Augustin each scored 13 points.

The Wizards got good games from their big men as Marcin Gortat scored 21 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and blocked 2 shots and Trevor Booker finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds.  However the Wizards only got 16 points out of their bench, which hurt them down the stretch.

Game 7

Wizards 84
Bulls 95

Bulls win series 4-3


D.J. Augustin, the man who kept the Bulls season alive, has now helped them reach the Eastern Conference Semis with his 22 point performance. Augustin was 6-12 from behind the arch.

Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson combined for 33 points and 17 rebounds. Jimmy Butler had his best game of the series with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Bradley Beal scored a team high 19 points for the Wizards on 7-12 shooting. Marcin Gortat posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds but he was just 3-11 from the foul line and that really hurt Washington late in this game. John Wall finished the series with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals.

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