Where and when? Tip off is at 5 p.m. EST from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Why should I care? Nene is returning to his home country of Brazil and Derrick Rose is not only playing but playing against John Wall.
How do I watch? The game's not on CSN, but it will be on NBA TV and 1500 AM. Allegedly.
Are they good? Yes. Chicago won 45 games last year despite missing Rose for the entire season. With Rose back to replace Nate Robinson, a revamped bench, and the emerging Jimmy Butler, the Bulls are expected to contend for a title. For what it's worth, SCHOENE - an advanced statistics-based projection system developed by the Basketball Prospectus folks - pegs Chicago to win 50 games and finish with the NBA's fourth best defense.
Who's out? Washington is going to be without Chris Singleton, Otto Porter and Emeka Okafor. After sitting out the Brooklyn game with a sore knee, Trevor Booker hopes to play today and will give the coaching staff the green light if he can make it through morning shootaround. Chicago is healthy because they're a normal NBA team and normal teams don't lose a fifth of their roster before the season begins.