Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls Preview
Wizards 32-46 vs Bulls 21-57
When: Wednesday, April 3rd, at 7 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.
TV: NBCSWA, NBCSCH / Radio: 1500 AM, WIND-AM 560
Wizards: Dwight Howard (Day to Day/ Back), John Wall (Out for the season/ Haglund’s deformity and chronic Achilles tendon injury), Trevor Ariza (Out for the season/ Groin)
Bulls: Wendell Carter(Out For Season (Left Thumb), Kris Dunn (Day To Day /Back), Shaquille Harrison (Day To Day /Shoulder), Chandler Hutchison (Out For Season /Right Toe Fracture), Zach LaVine (Out /Thigh, Knee) , Lauri Markkanen (Out For Season /Illness), Otto Porter (Out /Shoulder), Denzel Valentine (Out For Season /Ankle)
114.2 - points per game
116.9 - points against
46.9 - Field goal %
105.1 - points per game
113.4 - points against
45.3 - field goal %
Keep an eye on:
Youngsters Continued Development: With the news of GM Ernie Grunfeld being fired circulating, it sent a message that everything is being evaluated by the owner Ted Leonsis, in hopes to get Washington back in the mix in the eastern conference. Washington after having being eliminated from playoff contention last weekend are letting their youngsters see more time to gain more experience to speed up their development. Troy Brown Jr is coming off his best performance of his rookie season, posting 24 points and 7 rebounds on 56 percent shooting from the field, 71 percent from deep in helping lead Washington to a 95-90 win over the Denver Nuggets. Brown, who is averaging 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds on the season is just 19 years old, however he’s shown flashes of brilliance throughout the season. The next step is making those flashes more consistent moving forward.
Thomas Bryant who himself is coming off a strong 20 points, 14 rebound, 3 block game against a for sure All NBA center in Nikola Jokic, has opened eyes all season. Bryant has been so impressive that it has been most improved player consideration for him. As a rookie with LA, Bryant averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebound. This season with Washington, Bryant has improved by leaps and bounds averaging 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game on 60 percent shooting from the field, 33 percent shooting from deeo and 79 percent shooting from the charity stripe. Bryant combination of athleticism, high motor, and ever growing skill set makes him an intriguing player and one Washington should monitor closely for it’s future plans, He’s earned that respect. Against the Bulls Wednesday night and beyond, keep an close eye on Brown and Bryant and how they continue to develop to close the season.