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Wizards testing young players as Bulls visit

According to STATS
According to STATS

Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards

  1. The Bulls have won two of three games against the Wizards so far this season, including an overtime victory, 126-120, in Chicago on March 20. The Bulls have not won the season series with the Wizards since 2011-12.
  2. The Bulls fell to the Knicks, 113-105, in New York on Monday, their sixth loss in their last seven road games. The Bulls had won six of their previous eight games away from home. Chicago's three-point percentage dropped from 41.7 in the previous eight games to 34.2 in the last seven.
  3. The Wizards defeated the Nuggets, 95-90, in Denver on Sunday, closing out their road trip at 2-2. In its last 16 games dating back to March 3, Washington has allowed exactly 90 points in two games and more than 110 points in every other game, tied for the most such games in the league over that span.
  4. Robin Lopez scored 29 points in the loss to the Knicks, one shy of his career high. That came one game after he scored two points in a loss to the Raptors, his season low as a starter.
  5. Troy Brown led the Wizards with 24 points in the win over Denver, the first 20-point game of his career. Brown has averaged 11.2 points in his last six games, the first six starts of his career.
  6. Since the All-Star Break, the Bulls' opponents have made 49.0 percent of their field-goal attempts, the second-highest mark in the NBA. Over that time, the Wizards' opponents have made 48.1 percent of their field-goal attempts, the third-highest rate in the league.

The Washington Wizards, coming off a 95-90 road victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, have been spending a lot of time taking long looks at their younger players.

They will host the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.

Rookie forward Troy Brown Jr. scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Washington (32-46) rallied for the win over the Nuggets, who are battling Golden State for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Brown, a first-round pick in 2018, helped carry the Wizards on Sunday, something that delighted coach Scott Brooks.

"It was great to see Troy have a great game, make some shots," Brooks told reporters after the game. "A lot of work from Troy all year long; it's definitely showing."

Jabari Parker gave the Wizards some punch off of the bench. He scored 20 points and added six rebounds. Thomas Bryant continued his strong late-season play with a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds.

"Honestly, that game goes to Troy," Parker said. "He was the difference-maker. He made some big plays both on the offensive and the defensive end. If I were to give the ball to anybody, it would be to Troy."

Washington rallied from a 15-point first-half deficit and held Denver to only 28 points in the second half.

The Wizards have been getting plenty of good work from their younger players, which should give them a peek at the possibilities for next season. With star guard John Wall (ruptured Achilles tendon) out at least half of next season, Washington will have to make some decisions.

Those decisions will be made by somebody other than longtime Washington Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld, who was dismissed on Tuesday. Grunfeld, 63, was concluding his 16th season with the franchise.

"We did not meet our stated goals of qualifying for the playoffs this season and, despite playing with injuries to several key players, we have a culture of accountability and a responsibility of managing to positive outcomes," team chairman Ted Leonsis said in a statement.

"I wish to thank Ernie for his service to the Washington Wizards. He and his family have been great leaders in our community and have worked tirelessly to make us a top NBA franchise."

The Bulls are riddled with injuries and have lost five in a row to fall to 21-57. The team's high scorers missed Monday's 113-105 loss to the New York Knicks.

Zach Levine has missed six straight games, while Lauri Markkanen has missed three and has been shut down for the season. Otto Porter Jr. has been out for seven games, and Kris Dunn has been down for the past four contests. They are the team's top scorers, combining to average more than 70 points per game.

Levine and Porter have been ruled out of Wednesday's game. Dunn is doubtful.

That's why the Bulls have been playing with a lineup featuring mostly bench and minor league types in the final games. JaKarr Sampson, a 6-foot-9 forward who played with the Windy City Bulls this season and was their top scorer, posted 22 points in the loss to New York.

That was his first game with the Bulls. He had appeared in 169 other NBA games across three seasons for three teams.

"Just trying to fit in," he said on NBA.com.

"I didn't want to do too much early. Just try to feel the game out. My teammates got me the ball in the right position, slashing. Just coming in with the mindset I'm going to be aggressive and play my game, but also fit into the team concept."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 2, 2019

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