Story By: Erin Zollars
Photos By: Sol Tucker
For the Wizards, it seems like there is another chapter to the book to add every night. Tonight it was chapter 78890 or whatever that had Wall and Morris out of the game and Otto still out injured, what could go wrong against a 9 win team? Well the fourth quarter and missing help for Bradley Beal when they needed it most.
This is the biggest problem found in this game. The Bulls never built a lead of more than 10 points and the Wizards could not find a way to battle Zach Levine and Brook Lopez late in the game. This is the same team that has come back from 25 points multiple times this season correct?
From the perimeter to the paint, it was if the Bulls knew the Wizards weren’t going to be able to pull themselves back into the thick of things. Their offense was nonexistent. They only scored 30 points in the third quarter. They didn’t score more than 22 in a period. They shot 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from deep. What’s the excuse? Your down three players, but this book is getting too many chapters to read.
After the game, Wizards Head Coach was asked about his banged up team especially Wall.
Brooks would not speculate on the severity of the injury. He says Wall has managed an issue with his heel for years and “it comes and goes.”
Wall is averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists per game. He missed a game with an injury to his heel on Dec. 10.
Wendell Carter, Jr. had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Lauri Markkanen added 14 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago, which scored 100 points for just the second time in 10 games.
The Bulls have won three of four and are 5-7 since Boylen replaced Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 4.