Monday, February 24, 2020
The Chicago Bulls are in danger of being handed their ninth straight loss of the season as they host the Washington Wizards at the United Center tonight. They are coming fresh off of a 112-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns last night so hopefully, for them, fatigue won’t play a factor.
The Wizards, on the other hand, are trying to avoid a second consecutive loss as they are coming off a 113-108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Tonight’s matchup will mark the fourth and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they played each other was on February 11 when the Bulls fell to the Wizards, 126-114. During that contest, Bradley Beal scored 30 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, dished off 7 assists, and committed one steal while Zach LaVine finished with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and two steals.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Bulls and the Wizards have played each other a grand total of 243 times as the Bulls won 129 games while the Wizards were limited to just 114 victories.
-Garrison Matthews (ankle; 5.8 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.6 APG, 46.0 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
-John Wall (Achilles)
-Anzejs Pasecniks (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 52.9 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Admiral Schofield (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 40.0 FG%, 29.8 3P%)
-Johnathan Williams (G-League; 3.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 64.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Wendall Carter (ankle; 11.7 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 53.7 FG%, 21.4 3P%)
-Kris Dunn (knee; 7.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG, 44.4 FG%, 25.9 3P%)
-Chandler Hutchison (shoulder; 7.8 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 45.7 FG%, 31.6 3P%)
-Luke Kornet (ankle; 6.0 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.9 APG, 43.9 FG%, 28.7 3P%)
-Lauri Markkanen (ankle; 15.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 42.4 FG%, 34.4 3P%)
-Otto Porter (foot; 11.2 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 41.7 FG%, 40.0 3P%)
-Max Strus (knee; 2.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 66.7 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Denzel Valentine (hamstring; 5.8 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 40.2 FG%, 35.6 3P%)
The Chicago Bulls would have control of things in the first half as they shot fifty-six percent from the field while the Washington Wizards shot fifty-one percent. Zach LaVine dropped 15 points which included 3 three-pointers. He also had 3 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal, and one block while Thaddeus Young helped out with 12 points. Tomas Satoransky and Daniel Gafford combined for 13 points while Ryan Arcidiacono had a three-pointer. Coby White played 15 minutes off the bench as he got hot for 26 points.
On the other end of the floor, Bradley Beal chalked up 21 points on fifty-percent shooting. He also drilled two three-pointers while Rui Hachimura scored eight points. He was able to record six rebounds, as well, while Ish Smith contributed with five points. Former Spurs’ power forward Davis Bertans played the most minutes off the bench but only had six points while the home team went into halftime with a 73-58 lead.
The Wizards will look to attempt a comeback as they went on a 59-53 run, shooting fifty percent from the field. During that run, Beal added 32 more points to his scoring total while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process. Smith and Hachimura combined for seven points while Bertans dropped 16 points off the bench.
The Chicago team would close things out, though, as LaVine and Young combined for 28 points. White scored seven more points off the bench as the Bulls held the Wizards off, 126-117. Coby White finished the game with a season-high-tying 33 points, along with 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a season-high-tying one block. Bradley Beal had a career-high 53 points, along with 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and one block.
The Washington Wizards will host Giannis Antetokounmpo (30.0 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 55.2 FG%, 31.1 3P%) and the Milwaukee Bucks (48-8) on Monday at 7:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two teams will meet up this season. The last time they played each other was on January 28 when the Bucks handed the Wizards a 151-131 loss. Khris Middleton finished that game with 51 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists while Bradley Beal had 47 points, 6 assists, one steal, and one block.
The Chicago Bulls will host Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 3.3 APG, 46.2 FG%, 34.5 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-22) on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that they see each other this season. December 16 was the last time they battled each other as the Thunder crept away with a 109-106 win. During that game, Chris Paul scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, gave out 8 assists, and committed 2 steals while Zach LaVine had 39 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.