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Wizards vs. Bulls Pregame: Heading For A Dead End

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Regular Season Game 67

Bulls (33-32) at Wizards (31-35)

March 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

March 16, 2015 – Verizon Center: Bulls 109, Bulls 104
Read: Game Notebook 56, Wizards at Bulls: Trolled By A Skeleton Crew


What to watch

Underachieving. The Washington Wizards. The Chicago Bulls. Two teams who started the season with high expectations, and have instead provided their respective fan bases with a miserable season experience. Knowing you have a bad team sucks (Sixers). Knowing you have a pretty good team is nice (Boston, Toronto). Knowing you have a contender is great (Warriors, Spurs). Knowing you have a team with a chance is pretty cool (OKC, Clippers, Cavs). Knowing you have a team building something has its moments (Timberwolves, Blazers, Pistons). Not knowing what the hell you have or where you’re going? That’s just constant misery and despair. Even the fleeting moments of joy only serve to remind you that you’re headed for a dead end at the end.

That’s the Bulls and Wizards right now. Dead ends. Two teams with All-Stars in the their primes (Wall and Butler), surrounded by players that are too young (Oubre, Porter, McDermott, Bobby Portis), relying on players that are too old (Pau Gasol, Nene, Marcin Gortat), and basing their expectations on players that are too injured (Bradley Beal and Derrick Rose).

Tonight should feel like a huge game, between two teams fighting for their playoff lives. Instead, I can’t shake the nagging cloud that I fear hovers over both fan bases and organizations and rains down the question: Playoffs? Does it even matter?



Key Matchup

Wizards vs. Bulls

I know we’ve been saying this for several games now, but this one really is must-win. The Bulls sit in 8th in the East, and every head-to-head game against the teams ahead of them is vital for the Wizards. “Go time” started on Monday vs. Detroit, and continues tonight. The Bulls are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and are just 12-20 on the road. Taj Gibson is dealing with a hamstring injury, Derrick Rose should officially change his name to “Derrick Rose Game Time Decision,” and Jimmy Butler is still getting back from a knee injury.

Of course, the Bulls were as ripe for the taking as ever the last time these teams met, and the Wizards squandered that opportunity. If they squander this one, consider their season officially gored.

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X-factor

Assists. The Wizards had a season-high 34 assists on Monday, and won by 43. They’re unlikely to duplicate that total, but if they can keep the ball moving and facilitate for each other, they can manage another victory.

  • Wizards Record, 25+ Team Assists: 24-7
  • Wizards Record, less than 25 Team Assists: 7-28

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Fun Factor:

Metro is a major mode of transport to the Verizon Center. How today’s DC Metro shut down affects attendance is going to be fascinating. Will anyone be at the game? Will people resell their tickets at obscenely low costs, resulting in a sparse but raucous crowd? Will people be so tired from transport that they just stay seated and quiet the whole game (soo, the same?) Will people be so pissed they just want to scream random stuff the whole game?

Wizards Metro: No Red Line. No Green Line. No Yellow Line.


Prediction

Wizards Season: Flat Lined.

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