Next Year's Risers

Next Year's Risers
Adam Levitan identifies talented players likely to get a bump in minutes next season, such as Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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D.J. Augustin hit 10-of-22 shots and four 3-pointers for 25 points, seven assists and a steal in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Wizards.

Augustin shot it much better tonight, as he hit just 3-of-15 in Game 1, and is a big part of what the Bulls do since Derrick Rose isn't around. DJA will have to keep it going with the series heading to Washington, as the Wizards are suddenly thinking 'sweep.'
Apr 23 - 12:53 AM

Taj Gibson hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's Game 2 overtime loss to the Wizards.

Gibson has had a great season and will get plenty of votes for Sixth Man of the Year. And the changing of the guard is nearly complete, as Carlos Boozer had just five points and eight rebounds tonight. Gibson will have to keep playing well as the Bulls try to dig themselves out of a very deep hole.
Apr 23 - 12:51 AM

Jimmy Butler played 53 minutes in Tuesday's overtime loss, but hit just 2-of-9 shots for six points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Butler tied for ninth in the league in minutes this season with 44.0 per game and it's been more of the same in the playoffs. And it's showing in his play, as he should simply be doing more with his minutes. He has to be wearing down and the Bulls are now down 2-0 to the Wizards, and head to Washington for Games 3 & 4.
Apr 23 - 12:48 AM

Kirk Hinrich went to the line with less than three seconds remaining in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 and the Bulls down 101-99, but missed both free throws in the loss.

He missed the first one, then intentionally missed the second one and the Bulls weren't able to get the rebound. Hinrich had 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals on 5-of-13 shooting, but this game might have ended differently had he hit the free throws at the end of the game. The Bulls are now down 0-2 and heading to Washington for Games 3 & 4.
Apr 23 - 12:45 AM

Joakim Noah hit 8-of-14 shots for 20 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks on Tuesday, but the Bulls fell 101-99 in overtime to fall into an 0-2 hole against the young Wizards.

Noah celebrated his Defensive Player of the Year Award with a nice game, but the Bulls simply didn't get enough out of Jimmy Butler, who played 53 minutes tonight and scored just six points. The Bulls have their backs against a wall now, as Games 3 & 4 are in Washington, where the Wizards will be looking for the once unthinkable sweep.
Apr 23 - 12:43 AM

John Wall hit 6-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists and three steals in Tuesday's impressive Game 2, overtime 101-99 win over the Bulls to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Wall committed five turnovers, but played very well and is in full control of the Wizards' offense. Bradley Beal came through tonight and will have to continue to shoot it well if the Wizards are going to close this one out.
Apr 23 - 12:40 AM

Nene had 17 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block before fouling out in overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 win over the Bulls in Chicago, giving the Wiz a 2-0 lead.

The Wizards have never won the first two games of a playoff series on the road and are squarely positioned to take out the Bulls in Round 1. The winner of this one gets the Pacers or Hawks, and it's starting to look the Wizards have a real chance to find themselves playing for a championship this season. Nene is surely sore after playing well in both games, but we'd be shocked if he needs to rest as long as the Wizards keep winning.
Apr 23 - 12:38 AM

Bradley Beal bounced back from an off game and hit 9-of-20 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 26 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block as the Wizards beat the Bulls again in Chicago on Tuesday, taking an improbable 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Washington for Game 3.

If you had the Wizards up 2-0 at this point, congratulations are in order. This one went to overtime as the Wizards pulled off a nice, late comeback, and then saw Kirk Hinrich miss a pair of free throws at the end of overtime to give the Wizards the win. Beal was just 3-of-11 for 13 points in Game 1 and the Bulls have already been backed into a corner against the upstart Wizards.
Apr 23 - 12:35 AM
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