Washington Wizards Status Check:
Home Record: 20-17
Last 10 Games: 6-4
Streak: Won 1
Last game: 109-92 win over Toronto
PPG: 93.2 (28th)
Opponents PPG: 95.4 (7th)
Offensive Rating: 100.2 (30th)
Defensive Rating: 102.6 (5th)
Pace: 92.0 (15th)
Effective Field Goal Percentage: .475 (25th)
Turnover Percentage: .144 (27th)
Defensive Rebound Percentage: .745 (6th)
Offensive Rebound Percentage: .248 (25th)
Free Throws Per Field Goal Attempt: .190 (24th)
Opp. eFG%: .480 (5th)
Opp. TO%: .136 (18th)
Opp. FT/FGA: .209 (19th)
Leading scorer: John Wall (17.3)
Stats from Basketball-Reference
Washington Injury Report:
Nene: questionable (sore knee/wrist/shoulder)
Leandro Barbosa: out (knee)
With ten games remaining schedule, playoff positioning is something to keep an eye on. Chicago is currently sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, half a game back of Atlanta and three games ahead of Boston.
As of this moment, the Bulls would match up with the Knicks in the first round. If I had my choice, New York would be the first round opponent I would take. The Bulls are 3-0 against the Knicks this season with the last contest coming up on April 11.
Indiana, the two seed, has beaten up on the Bulls most of the season, going 1-3. And if Chicago moves up to fifth, they would have to take on Brooklyn. Even though I can’t see the Bulls advancing far in the playoffs, it would be better if they were on the opposite side of the bracket as the Heat.
Of their final ten games, the Bulls play just three playoff teams (Nets, Knicks, Heat). The other seven come against Wizards (twice), Magic (twice), Pistons and Raptors (twice). That should be seven pretty easy wins. Who knows if the Bulls will get those wins, and who knows what those wins could mean to their playoff positioning.
I guess we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. I say that those seven wins should be relatively easy, but the last time the Bulls and Wizards met, Chicago lost by 13 points. The only player to score in double figures in the game was Nate Robinson, who dropped 19 off the bench. The Bulls starters only managed to score 40 points combined, led by nine points from Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah and the always durable Rip Hamilton.
Butler started this game in place of Luol Deng, who was missing with a hamstring injury.
If Noah could’ve managed just one more point he would have had another triple-double, as he finished with ten assists and 17 rebounds.
Noah had a nice duel with Emeka Okafor going, as the UConn grad recorded 15 points and 16 boards. John Wall also had 15 points, while Nene poured in 16. Nene will be a game-time decision tonight, as he seemingly is listed as having a “sore everything.”
Since Wall came back the Wizards have been a good team. Their defense is fifth in the league, higher than the Bulls, who are sixth and they’ve won seven straight home games.
Stat of the night: He’s averaged 27.8 points on 63.5 percent shooting and 9.5 assists in the last four games in Washington, according to STATS LLC. Good luck Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson.