The Cougar NBA tracker: Jimmer Fredette, playoffs – game five

In one of the ugliest games to watch in a long time, the Wizards went into Chicago and knocked of the Bulls 75-69 to advance to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Tuesday night.  John Wall led the way for Washington with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists.   Nene also had a big night offensively finishing with 20 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor.  He also added seven rebounds and four assists in the series clinching win.  The only other Wizards’ player to scoring in double figures was Bradley Beal who ended up with 17 points as well as five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich led the way for the Bulls with 16 points a piece.  Taj Gibson added 12 points and three blocks off the bench while Carlos Boozer chipped in with 10 points and nine rebounds.  On an off scoring night, Joakim Noah still had an impact on the game with 18 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks to go along with six points.

Jimmer did not play once again even though the Chicago guards shots a combined 13 for 37 from the floor.  Rotation or not, when you only put up 69 points as a team it is time to try something else.  When D.J. Augustin shoots 1-for-10 maybe you need to look down your bench and give other players an opportunity.  It just makes sense! If something isn’t working, try to find something that will.  What made even less sense was the fact that Jimmer sat on the bench when the Bulls had the ball down three in the final minute with a chance to tie.  If nothing else you can use Fredette as a decoy so that you can open up space for someone to get a clean look.

All I hear is that the reason Fredette doesn’t play is because he can’t defend.  That may be true, but what people fail to realize is that there are two sides of the floor to play on.  It really doesn’t matter how good your defense is if you can’t score enough to beat anybody.   Just consider the fact that the main three Chicago guards shot a combined 66 for 185 (35.7 percent) in the five game series.  Included in the number was a 21 for 72 shooting performance from Augustin (29.1 percent).  Not exactly the spark the Bulls needed off the bench.

I have no idea how much difference Jimmer would have made in this series (if any at all).  But one thing is for certain, I would have loved to see him get the opportunity.

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