T19th in expected winning percentage (.462)
10th in pace (93 possessions per game)
27th in offensive efficiency/offensive rating (102.3 points/100 possessions)
6th in defensive efficiency/defensive rating (103.5 points allowed/100 possessions)
|Tonight's Projected Starters|
|Bulls||vs.|| Wizards |
|Derrick Rose||PG||Randy Foye|
|Kirk Hinrich||SG||Mike Miller|
|Luol Deng||SF||Josh Howard|
|Taj Gibson||PF||Andray Blatche|
|Brad Miller||C||JaVale McGee|
Real quick, because I ran out of time:
- Flip Saunders talked a lot about how coaching this team is different than coaching most teams. I'll bring those quotes to you after the game.
- Everyone was really spirited in warmups, which is why I posted this picture. That's Andray Blatche working up a major sweat going against Player Development guru Gene Banks.
- I talked to someone within the Wizards to clarify the roster situation in light of Scott's report about Dwayne Jones. Basically, Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton don't count against the roster requirement, so technically the Wizards are at 13 players (15 including them). That group of 13 includes Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who continues to work on his buyout, and Mike James, who is currently hoping to be waived rather than be bought out. If those progress, the Wizards could technically add four players to the roster. The Wizards can call up any player in the NBA D-League no matter the team, so long as it's not a player on assignment from a team (i.e. if JaVale McGee got sent down for some reason, nobody can pick him up). They tend to sign D-League guys to 10-day contracts first, though obviously they could just sign them for the rest of the season right away. They could also sign a veteran guy to a contract for the rest of the year if they'd like. I didn't get any indication on which direction the Wizards are leaning beyond Scott's report.