Gilbert Arenas had a breakthrough season but will be getting his first taste of playoff basketball. He must strike a balance between scoring and keeping his teammates in the flow. Chris Duhon and Kirk Hinrich essentially form an interchangeable back court and either player can bring the ball up the floor.
Arenas (25.5 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.7 rgp)
_____First Round Schedule_____ No. 4 Bulls vs. No. 5 Wizards
• Game 1: Bulls 104, Wizards 93
• Apr. 27: at Chi., 8:30, NBATV/CSN
• Apr. 30: Wash., 3, TNT/CSN
• May 2: Wash., TBD, CSN
• May 4: at Chi., TBD, CSN
• May 6: Wash, TBD, CSN
• May 8: at Chi., TBD, CSN Bulls lead series, 1-0
Duhon (5.9 ppg, 4.9 apg, 2.6 rpg)
This will be the most intriguing matchup because Larry Hughes may be Washington's most valuable player. He must score, provide some rebounding and keep Kirk Hinrich from getting to the basket. Hinrich is a steady player who continues to improve. Hughes likely will defend Ben Gordon at crunch time.
Hughes (22 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.7 apg)
Hinrich (15.7 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.9 rpg)
Andres Nocioni is a streaky scorer and pesky defender while Jared Jeffries is a difference maker for the Wizards because when he scores in double figures, they usually win. Nocioni hit only 25.8 percent of his three-point attempts, but is capable of getting hot and carrying the Bulls for a quarter or a half at a time.
Jeffries (6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2 apg)
Nocioni (8.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg)