Instant analysis: Bulls 83, Wizards 81

Instant analysis: Bulls 83, Wizards 81
October 12, 2013, 7:30 pm
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Bulls-Wizards highlights from Brazil

Even without Derrick Rose (left knee) and Joakim Noah (groin), the Chicago Bulls have too much of everything for the Wizards, who lost their second consecutive preseason game.

Nene returned home to Brazil but didn't do much to entertain at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. He finished with five points on 1-for-6 shooting and six rebounds.  

It didn't start out well for the Wizards, who were led by Bradley Beal's 16 points. They were disjointed on both ends of the floor which was in stark contrast of the Bulls, who had floor balance and attacked the rim behind Taj Gibson's game-high 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. 

Glen Rice sparked the reserves for Washington, scoring five points in a row in the fourth quarter to give his team their first lead at 79-77.

But turnovers plagued the Wizards down the stretch as they couldn't get open looks. Trailing 82-79, they had turnovers from Eric Maynor, Rice and Kevin Seraphin.

Best in show: Martell Webster came off the bench to contribute 15 points in 22 minutes. He made 3 of 6 three-point shots. Beal was the lone bright spot among the starting unit. 

Worst in show: Gibson tipped in a missed jumper by Jimmy Butler to end the third quarter, getting to the glass cleanly despite being surrounded by four Wizards -- Jan Vesely, Seraphin, Webster and Maynor. The latter, two, of course, were the least responsible but overall an unacceptable play. Webster's reaction as he threw his arms in the air told the story. The Bulls led 73-62.

Problem area: The first unit of John Wall, Beal, Trevor Ariza, Vesely and Nene was rather awful. While Beal shot 3-for-6 with nine points in the first half, the rest of them combined to go 0-for-17. They contributed five points total, all coming on free throws. Nine of the 10 turnovers the Wizards had in the first half came in the first quarter. Seven of them were from the starters, with Wall having four. 

On the bright side: The second unit of Maynor, Rice, Webster, Trevor Booker and Seraphin sparked a comeback from a 10-point deficit. Al Harrington (left thigh) and Garrett Temple weren't in the rotation this time after playing with the second unit in the preseason opening loss to the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the week.

Talking points: 1). Where is the aggressiveness on the offensive end from Vesely? He's 2-for-9 in two preseason games. 2). Is Ariza a better fit with the starting lineup than Webster? 3). Although Rice hasn't shot the ball well in preseason (6-for-18), should the rookie get more minutes because good things happen with him on the floor? 4). Why so many stretches of careless turnovers? Forty-three total in two games.

Up next: The Wizards returned from Brazil after the game. Sunday will be an off-day but they'll likely practice Monday before taking on the Miami Heat at Verizon Center on Tuesday (NBATV,7).