After all the possible scenarios heading into the final night of the regular season the Eastern Conference seeds are set. With the Charlotte Bobcats defeating the Chicago Bulls in overtime 91-86 it put added pressure on Washington to get the win and avoid the seven seed.
Charlotte's win locked the Toronto Raptors in as the three seed and the Bulls into the fourth. The Wizards were able to take care of business in Boston defeating the Celtics 118-102
The Brooklyn Nets showed no interest in being a five seed tonight, considering they rest their starters and got blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-85. With the Wizards moving into the five seed they will play the Chicago Bulls in the first round. The last time the Wizards met the Bulls in playoffs was in 2005. The Wizards would go on to win the series in six games. The Wizards and Bulls will have the same seeds as the series in 2005 (Bulls-4th, Wizards- 5th). That is the last time the Wizards have won a playoff series and advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Here are your first round match ups and game one times.
1- Indiana Pacers vs. 8- Atlanta Hawks- Saturday, TBD (ESPN)
2- Miami Heat vs. 7- Charlotte Bobcats- Sunday, 3:30 pm (ABC)
3- Toronto Raptors vs. 6- Brooklyn Nets- Saturday, TBD (ESPN)
4- Chicago Bulls vs. 5- Washington Wizards- Sunday, 7 pm (TNT)
Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls this season
1st meeting: (January 13)
Wizards 102 Bulls 88
Washington went into Chicago and dominated from the start to finish. The Wizards led the entire way as John Wall and Nene led the Wizards in scoring with 19 points. The Wizards were able to hold Joakim Noah to just 8 points.
2nd meeting: (January 17)
Wizards 96 Bulls 93
Just four days after defeating the Bulls in Chicago, the Wizards went back and did it again. John Wall was a dominant force with 23 points and 11 assists. Joakim Noah had only 8 points and 12 rebounds. At the time, with the victory, the Wizards got back to a .500 record and were still looking to get over .500 for the first time in seven years.
3rd meeting: (April 5)
Bulls 96 Wizards 78
In their last meeting of the regular season at the Verizon Center, the Bulls displayed dominating defense against the Wizards. The Bulls were able to hold Washington to just 26 points in the first half. The Wizards were never able to get back in it. Joakim Noah had a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.