Why the Bulls lost to the Wizards in one chart


(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Washington Wizards are moving on to Round 2 after scoring just 75 points in Game 5,  the third fewest by a team in a series-clinching win in the shot clock era (2004 Detroit Pistons scored 69 and the 2004 Indiana Pacers tallied 73) and the Chicago Bulls have one thing to blame for their loss: Poor shooting.

In the first quarter Chicago went 6 for 23 (26.1 percent), 6 for 15 (40 percent) in the second and 4 for 16 (25 percent) in the third. They would make just two field goals in the final five minutes of the game.

“I’m proud of the team,” Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They gave us everything they had. There was nothing left. That’s all you can ask for as a coach.”

Well, that and making your shots.

During the first four games of the series the Bulls shot 42.2 percent from the field, but in Game 5 they were barely over 33 percent.


Chicago Bulls shot chart for Game 5 of 2014 NBA pPlayoffs

“It is real disappointing,” Bulls forward Taj Gibson said.

Neil Greenberg analyzes advanced sports statistics for the Fancy Stats blog and prefers to be called a geek rather than a nerd.

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Neil Greenberg · April 30, 2014