Sam Smith of Bulls.com notes the Bulls have never won a series when they’ve lost the first two at home. It’s only been done three times in NBA history. So, yes, the Wizards have taken firm control.
“It’s going to be tough for us to come back,” said the Bulls’ D.J. Augustin, as quoted by Smith. “But we’ve been dealing with that kind of adversity all season, fighting through things, coming back from situations and doing well. So I think we’re still in it.”
There’s no question the Wizards still have some work to do to close this one out. But they’ve been awfully impressive through two games and have been getting contributions across the board. It’s not like they’re riding a hot hand. As the Bulls are seeing, this is a well-rounded team with plenty of weapons.
Trevor Ariza has become a big weapon for the Wizards this season, a reliable scorer and accurate 3-point shooter. But what Augustin was lauding after Game 2 was Ariza’s work on the defensive end. Augustin came off the bench to score 25 points, his best showing in a playoff game. But he was 2-8 and only had five points in the last 17 minutes when the Wizards put Ariza on him.
“Ariza, it’s tough, he’s 6-8, 6-7,” the 6-foot Augustin said, as quoted by Smith. “It’s tough for me to get open and get shots off. It’s a good strategy for them. We went to some counters to get someone else open. They were smart and played good tonight.”
Yep. In the first game, too. And likely Friday in the third game.
Redskins season starts soon enough. The Caps will figure out what they want to do with their coach and general manager and be back in a few months. The Nationals season is just starting so there’s plenty of time to see baseball.
The Wizards? All they are right now is the area’s best representative in the Big Four of professional sports. They’re starting to gain some attention nationally. Maybe it is time for D.C. to notice, too?