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Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards: Regular Season Game 54 Open Thread

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A spirited pick-up game.
A spirited pick-up game.

The Essentials:

Bulls (29-26) vs. Wizards (19-34)
7 p.m.
Verizon Center
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

Notable Bulls numbers this season

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)

Pre-game links

Blogabull, SB Nation's Bulls Blog
Bulls By The Horns
Blogabull's game preview
GameDay Bulls

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.