When: Thursday, December 31 at 5 p.m. ET
Where: Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: None(!) Rui Hachimura will be able to play.
Bulls: Lauri Markkanen (Calf, Game-Time Decision)
It's clearly evident coaching has been the demise for the Washington Wizards among other contributing factors. The lineup choices and fourth quarter decision making hasn’t been the best which shows as Washington is currently 0-4. It’s no use in discussing the three-guard lineup because Head Coach Scott Brooks hasn’t changed up on it especially with it having negative results.
The Wizards gave the Chicago Bulls their first win on Tuesday, but hopefully Washington can pull off their first victory and gain the confidence they claim hasn’t been lost. Despite the lineup issues, the Wizards have to work on defending without fouling so much. Postgame, Deni Avdija and Thomas Bryant had five fouls and Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans and Robin Lopez had four fouls each.
All in all Washington needs to work together and be the team that had positive potential during the offseason. None of the players like losing so finding some type of motivation is necessary going forward. Russell Westbrook took to his Instagram quoting Martin Luther King Jr. and tagging the entire team delivering a positive message.
In positive news, Rui Hachimura will make his season debut on Thursday. He was out with conjunctivitis in both eyes. Brooks mentioned Hachimura will be on a minute restriction as he makes his way back to full strength. So it is possible that he could start or come off the bench as well. No certainty until close to game time when starting lineups are announced.