Bulls fans might see the Wizards as an easier first-round opponent for the Bulls. But don't think for a second that's how the Bulls see things.
Bulls general manager Gar Forman has a lengthy list of reasons why the Wizards could give the Bulls fits in their first-round series, and he's confident his team will approach things the right way.
"I think the Wizards are a very, very good basketball team, and I think they've gotten better throughout the year," Forman told CSN's Aiyana Cristal on Thursday. "They've still got some youth, but I think their youth is coming into their own. I think John Wall has had a terrific season, has really made the next step. Bradley Beal, their young two-guard, is very dangerous, can shoot the ball, can create. They've got size on their front line. (Marcin) Gortat's been good, Nene is coming back, is healthy. Ariza's had a terrific year shooting the basketball. So I think they're a very, very good basketball team. I think our guys realize that. I think it's going to be a tough series."
But as tested as the Bulls might be by the Wizards, they've overcome more than their fair share of adversity so far this season. First, they were dealt the season-ending injury to former MVP Derrick Rose. Then came the midseason trade of Luol Deng. Despite it all, though, they posted the Eastern Conference's best record since Jan. 1.
"We always had confidence that this group would continue to work, continue to get better, continue to compete on a nightly basis," Forman said. "Just really happy for a lot of our guys."
Check out more of what Forman had to say in the video above.