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Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer

Zac Boyer is a sports writer at The Washington Times. Before joining in October 2013, he covered the Washington Redskins for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. for parts of three seasons and spent the previous five years at the Hartford Courant. A University of Connecticut graduate, he can be reached at zboyer@washingtontimes.com.

 

Articles by Zac Boyer

Wizards center Marcin Gortat blocks the shot of Bulls forward Carlos Boozer on Tuesday during the first half of Washington's series-clinching Game 5 victory. (associated press)

Wizards win defensive battle in Game 5, advance to conference semifinals

Since the Wizards began their playoff run 10 days ago, coach Randy Wittman has routinely praised his players for their focus, determination and tenacity. Only once had they experienced any sort of lapse, and even then, the result was a narrow, three-point loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday. Published April 29, 2014

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, right, from Poland, battle for control of the ball during the second half of Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 98-89. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Quick starts have been vital for Wizards in opening series lead against the Bulls

The Wizards led after the first quarter in each of the first four games of the series, and those starts have been crucial to their success. A 17-point first-quarter lead in Game 2 helped them weather a Chicago run and win, 101-99, in overtime. On Sunday, Washington took a 14-0 lead in the first four minutes and never trailed. Published April 29, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) dunks in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls play the Washington Wizards in game 4 of the first round of the playoffs at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls 98-89. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Trevor Ariza continues to deliver in a variety of ways for Wizards

With four previous postseason runs and 44 playoff games behind him, including a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, Trevor Ariza took it upon himself to lead the Wizards to a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series, which would end should Washington defeat the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday. Published April 28, 2014

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) and Washington Wizards forward Nene (42), from Brazil, stand head-to-head in the second half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington. Nene received a double technical and was ejected. The Bulls won 100-97. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nene ejected in fourth quarter of Wizards' loss to Bulls

Nenê was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Wizards' 100-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday after being assessed a double technical foul following an altercation with Jimmy Butler. Published April 26, 2014

Referee Jason Phillips moves to separate Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) and Washington Wizards forward Nene, center, from Brazil, in the second half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington. Nene received a double technical and was ejected. The Bulls won 100-97. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Wizards' Nenê suspended one game for altercation with Jimmy Butler

Nenê has been suspended one game by the league and will not be allowed to play in Game 4 of the Wizards' first-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday after he was ejected from Game 3 on Friday night following an altercation with Jimmy Butler. Published April 26, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall calls a timeout as he falls to the court with the ball in the second half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington. The Bulls won 100-97. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Excitement of playoff game can't push Wizards past Bulls

The Chicago Bulls played the role of spoiler on Friday, emerging with a 100-97 Game 3 victory over the Wizards in a game that, as was the case in the first two meetings, wasn't decided until the final minute. Published April 26, 2014

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2013 file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III smiles as he walks along the sidelines before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Landover, Md. Griffin III will drive the pace car before Saturday night's, April 26, 2014 NASCAR race at Richmond. Richmond International Raceway made the announcement Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

DeSean Jackson, Redskins' offseason additions excite Robert Griffin III

Quarterback Robert Griffin III figured he'd get some help on offense if the Redskins were going to try to recover from a disastrous 3-13 season, but the magnitude of the additions his team made in free agency, including wide receiver DeSean Jackson, were more than he expected. Published April 25, 2014

Pivot: After driving on Chicago Bulls guard Tony Snell during Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, Washington Wizards guard John Wall finds Game 3 the most important one of the season. (Associated press)

For Wizards, Game 3 is already a charm for fans, franchise

It didn't take long Tuesday night for the Washington Wizards' excitement of an overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls to shift to the anticipation of taking their first-round playoff series back home. Published April 24, 2014

Washington Redskins Executive Vice President and General Manager Bruce Allen introduces former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, pictured, as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, January 9, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Washington Redskins' 2014 schedule opens with Texans

With Jay Gruden in charge and no lingering questions about Robert Griffin III's health, the Redskins now know their roadmap to what they hope will be a return to the playoffs after a one-year absence. Published April 23, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, drives on Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) during the first half of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Wizards mount comeback, take two-game lead in playoff series

The Wizards didn’t merely claw back when they faced a 10-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter. They landed body blows, both on offense and defense, giving them the energy for one final punch. A 101-99 overtime victory was the prize for the Wizards, who now will head back home to Washington with a two-game series lead over the Bulls and prepare for Game 3 on Friday night at Verizon Center. Published April 23, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1)  celebrates after hitting a three-point basket as  Chicago Bulls guard Mike Dunleavy (34) reacts during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Wizards won 102-93. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Wizards trying to resist entering Game 2 feeling comfortable

The Wizards had to temper their anxiety prior to their first playoff game in six years on Sunday. Entering Game 2 of a first-round series against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, they'll have to fight an urge to feel too confident. Published April 22, 2014

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, steals the ball from Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Late rebounding crucial for Wizards in Game 1 win

Even though the Chicago Bulls entered the postseason as one of the league's better rebounding teams, the Wizards' advantage on the boards late Sunday was one of the bigger reasons why they emerged with a 102-93 victory in Game 1 of the teams' first-round playoff series. Published April 21, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan (15) looks to haul in a pass against San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) at FedExField, Landover, Md., Novermber 25, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

Joshua Morgan signs one-year deal with Bears

The Chicago Bears announced Monday afternoon they have signed Joshua Morgan, a Washington native who played the last two seasons for the Redskins. Published April 21, 2014