By: Jeremy Hyman
After taking down the T'Wolves last night, the Wizards look to win their fifth straight home game tonight when they host the Chicago Bulls at Verizon Center (7:00 pm | TV: CSN/NBATV | Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM). The Wizards are 6-3 in their last nine games.
The Bulls enter tonight's game fresh off a big win of their own, beating the Golden State Warriors, 103-87, last night in Chicago. They did so without two of their biggest stars, as Derrick Rose has missed all of the 2012-13 season with a knee injury and Luol Deng is day-to-day with a hamstring injury. But, their defensive principles don't change and no matter who they put out on the court will force the opposition to execute on offense.
The Wizards are starting to garner some momentum as they continue this thee-game homestand. John Wall entered the starting lineup for the first time last night and finished with 14 points and five assists. While his minutes are still limited, his impact has been tremendous and as he continues to get back into playing shape, expect his numbers to increase.
While the Wizards scored 114 points last night, don't expect this game to played in the 100's as these are two teams that pride themselves on defense. The Bulls enter the game 3rd in the NBA giving up just 91.2 ppg while the Wizards enter the game 12th giving up 96.8 ppg.
The Bulls beat the Wizards, 87-77, in their first meeting in Chicago, but the Wizards were missing a slew of regulars, as Wall, A.J. Price, Trevor Booker, Trevor Ariza, & Jordan Crawford all sat out with injuries. They will all be suited and up and ready to go tonight as the Wizards look to win their fifth straight game in front of the home crowd.
The action kicks off at 7:00pm.
Nene has started to see his minutes increase to roughly 30 minutes per game over the past two weeks and he continues to be the Wizards top offensive threat on the low post. The Wizards usually look to Nene early in games to get the offense going and like to play inside out. He had 10 points and nine rebounds in the first meeting with the Bulls and will look to improve on those marks tonight.
Carlos Boozer has turned back the clock of late and looks more like the Boozer we remember from Utah as he now has six double-doubles in his last eight games and now leads the Eastern Conference with 24 on the season. He is a rock on the low post and has been all over the glass of late, even pulling down a season high 20 rebounds last week in Boston. This Nene-Boozer matchup will be a good one to watch tonight.
In the below clip, Nene addressed the media after Monday's win in Portland.