Chicago Bulls Stat Monkey Brief: Bulls/Wizards (1/26/13)
Things that Make Me Laugh
- The Wizards Offensive Rating (97.1)
- The Wizards Record (10-31)
- Kevin Seraphinâ€™s Win Shares (-0.015)
- The fact that Kevin Seraphin was drafted by the Bulls
Ball Like Wall
I clearly wouldnâ€™t miss an opportunity to post this:
But in all seriousness, John Wall has been huge for the Wiz. Since his return, the team is 5-3 (doubling their win total) and has been much more efficient on offense. Wall is posting a 103 offensive rating, which is nothing special, but for a team who is worst in the league in offensive efficiency, a solid scorer is a huge plus. Wallâ€™s added offensive plus the Wizards stout defense could take this team from the joke of the league to an average squad.
Life Without Deng
Youâ€™d think losing a player averaging 39.8 minutes per game would really hurt a team. Luol Deng has been out with a strained hamstring for four (and a half) games, however, the Bulls havenâ€™t skipped a beat, going 3-1 since Dengâ€™s injury. Who has been the key in Dengâ€™s absence? My guy, Jimmy Butler. Heâ€™s been playing great, and using the ball more while still maintaining a high efficiency. Look for him to continue to see more well deserved minutes.
Both squads come in to tonightâ€™s game with solid defenses and questionable offenses. Both teams are also coming off huge wins last night. What is going to be the key to tonightâ€™s game? Turnovers. The Wiz are second-worst in the league in Turnover Percentage, giving the ball up on 14.3 percent of possessions. If the Bulls can take advantage of Washingtonâ€™s mistakes, the Bulls should come home with a W.