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Bulls ready for mental warfare against Wizards
Jimmy Butler took notice of three-of-four home teams losing Game 1 on Saturday, and then quickly dismissed it.
“Not really,’’ Butler said when asked if it was a wake-up call for the Bulls. “It’s not us, so to speak. We know what we’re capable of, so we can only worry about the Chicago Bulls.’’
And that seemed to be their only worry after the Sunday morning shootaround. The running theme has been take care of themselves and what they do on the court, and then the rest will take care of itself.
From a basketball standpoint, the best-of-seven series against the Washington Wizards remained doing everything possible to slow down the backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal, while keeping the athletic Wizards off the boards.
“Get back in transition and rebound,’’ Butler said. “I think those are the two biggest things. They like to play really fast. They got a lot of guys that like to crash the boards, so after we get that stop we’ve got to secure that stop with a rebound.’’
But the mental aspect of the game is to copy what they did in the April 5 win in Washington. Break the spirit of the Wizards.
“A lot of this game is mental, so if you can get a team back on their heels, arguing with each other and second-guessing themselves that’s a big part of the game because every possession is so monumental in the playoffs,’’ Butler said. “It makes it a lot harder to correct things whenever you’re mentally frustrated.’’
As far as where the Bulls are on the health front, according to coach Tom Thibodeau, everyone was good to go with no restrictions.