John Wall, Bradley Beal took defense personal in Game 4

John Wall, Bradley Beal took defense personal in Game 4
April 27, 2014, 5:30 pm
Mark Strotman

In Game 3 John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Wizards defense allowed the Bulls to shoot 48 percent from the field, connect on 12 3-pointers and get to the free throw line 30 times in a 100-97 win for the visitors.

Sunday afternoon, they made it their personal goal to shut down that same offense. And they did.

The Bulls shot 45 percent from the field but turned the ball over 16 times, made just four 3-pointers (in 19 attempts) and had just three scorers in double-figures in a 98-89 loss to Wall and the Wizards.

"We felt like in Game 3 we didn't play the defense we played in Games 1 and 2, and we went over it yesterday in practice and we came out and did a great job of challenging those guys and making them take tough shots," said Wall, who finished with a pair of steals on defense. "I just think we did a great job of pressuring them defensively, making them take tough shots and just having a lot of patience to the game and getting out in the open courts and guys just making the extra pass and Trevor did a great job of getting himself going early on.

"The main thing is getting defensive stops, putting pressure to those guys and making them rattle and not let them run their offense with the flow they want to."

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The Wizards, specifically Beal, also were going to focus in on Mike Dunleavy, who scored 35 points and made eight 3-pointers in Game 3. Beal, who said in a halftime interview that he guaranteed Dunleavy wouldn't score the rest of the game, said he made it his personal job to shut down the Bulls' top 3-point shooter. And he did, as Dunleavy scored just six points on 3-for-8 shooting. Beal, on the other hand, scored 18 points and handed out three assists.

"I took it pretty personal the way (Dunleavy) had (35) points on us last game, and I guarded him the majority of the game and I definitely took that matchup personally," he said, "and I think me and everybody else who guarded him did a tremendous job of not letting him get as many looks or we made it as difficult as possible on him. Yeah, he's going to make some shots but we need to make it tough on him. I think we did a great job of doing that. It was just a personal grudge that we took because he killed us last game and we wouldn't let that happen again."