The Washington Wizards aim to bounce back on Saturday night at the Chicago Bulls. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS at CHICAGO BULLS
Where: United Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Life without Wall
The Wizards will once again be without John Wall, who is sitting out the second game of a back-to-back set to rest his surgically repaired knees. The last time this happened, the Wizards fell in a close game at the Orlando Magic, a game they probably should have won but let slip away in the fourth quarter. But that was against a young Magic team that is 3-6 this season and had lost to the Wizards 12 straight times. On Saturday, they play at the 5-4 Chicago Bulls, who look rejuvenated with Dwyane Wade on board.
Without Wall, the Wizards will rely heavily on Tomas Satoransky and Trey Burke, both of whom have played well lately. Satoransky had eight points on 3-for-7 shooting with two rebounds and two assists against Cleveland on Friday night. Burke scored nine points in 22 minutes and dropped 18 in 17 minutes the game before against the Boston Celtics.
It should be noted that the Bulls are also down a key guard. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams is out for another month or so with a sprained left wrist.
Beal may also not play
Playing without Wall is one thing, but the Wizards may also be missing Bradley Beal, who left Wednesday's game against the Celtics with right hamstring tightness and sat out vs. Cleveland. Beal is one of the Wizards' primary scoring options. If he can't face the Bulls, the Wizards will have to rely entirely on backups in their backcourt.
If Beal is out, the Wizards will have to turn to Marcus Thornton and find combinations between him, Satoransky and Burke. It could also mean more playing time for rookie Sheldon McClellan, who got his first extended look against the Cavs and scored two points in 12 minutes.
Contain Wade and Butler
The Bulls have one of the deepest rosters in the Eastern Conference between Wade, Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and a host of role players both young and experienced. But when it comes to their offense, Wade and Butler carry the majority of the load.
Butler is off to a strong start this season at 22.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Wade is scoring 17.3 points and grabbing 4.3 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game. The Bulls are getting lots of production out of him, while also keeping his minutes in check. If the Wizards can slow either Wade or Butler, the Bulls will have to turn to others like Doug McDermott (11.3 ppg) and Nikola Mirotic (9.8 ppg).