Bulls Game Notes For Sunday Game 1 vs. Washington

* The Wizards are the only lower seed that won its regular-season series from its higher seeded first-round playoff opponent, Washington taking two of its three games against Chicago this season. It was a low-scoring series, the Wizards averaging 92.0 points per game to the Bulls’ 92.3 ppg.

* The Wizards return to the postseason for the first time since 2007-08. They have not won a first-round series since the 2004-05 season, when they took the Bulls out in six games.

stats_logo_400x225* The Bulls led the NBA in scoring defense (91.8) and finished second in field-goal defense (.430). Chicago has now finished in the Top 2 of those categories in three of Tom Thibodeau’s four seasons as head coach, only missing out last season (3rd in opponent ppg, 9th in opponent FG%).

* John Wall will be making his postseason debut. He averaged 20.7 points and 8.0 assists while shooting 50 percent in three games against the Bulls this season.

* Kirk Hinrich is the only player on either of these teams’ rosters who played the last time the Bulls and Wizards met in the postseason (2004-05). Hinrich averaged 21.2 points, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 51.5 percent from behind the arc in a losing cause in that six-game first-round series. The Bulls’ guard struggled with his touch much of the 2013-14 season, but has shot 43.7 percent from three-point range since the All-Star break

* Joakim Noah put up 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in 2013-14, becoming the first center since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1978-79 to average 12/10/5 (primary career position listed as center). Noah had at least 12 points, 10 boards and five dimes in four of his last five regular-season games.

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