The Washington Wizards host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night. Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS vs. CHICAGO BULLS
Where: Verizon Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
No Butler or Wade
The Wizards (18-18) have an opportunity on Tuesday night to go above .500 for the first time this season and for the first time since Nov. 24 of 2015. With a win, they will also secure a 10th straight home victory. That would match their longest home winning streak since Jan. 20 of 2007. The longest home streak in franchise history is 22 games, set all the way back on March 5, 1975.
The odds seem good for the Wizards to extend their current streak and eclipse .500, as both of the Bulls' best players will be out. Two-time All-Star Jimmy Butler did not travel with the team due to an illness. He managed just one point in Chicago's loss to the Thunder on Monday night. Dwyane Wade, a 12-time All-Star, will not play so he can rest in the second game of a back-to-back. Those two account for 43 percent of the Bulls' scoring on average, so they will certainly be depleted when they face the Wizards.
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The Bulls won't be feeling sorry for anybody when they're missing those guys, but the Wizards do have an injury to watch themselves. Bradley Beal twisted his previously sprained right ankle in Sunday's win over the Bucks and is said to be fine. But it's still something to watch, given it was the re-aggravation of an injury.
Banged up or not, Beal appears to have broken out of what was a mini shooting slump. From Dec. 19 through Jan. 3, Beal shot just 40.7 percent from the field and 30.9 percent from three in seven games. In his last two he's 17-for-31 (55%) from the field and 7-for-17 (42%) from long range.
Though that includes a 2-for-10 three-point performance on Sunday, Beal plans to keep shooting it from downtown.
“I've gotta make more threes… Once those threes start falling everything will be good.”
Whether it be simply because of matchups in recent games or not, there has been a major shift in head coach Scott Brooks' bench rotation in the last two games. Marcus Thornton has not played with two straight DNP-CD's. Brooks had held Thornton out of the lineup just once in the Wizards' previous 34 games.
In Thornton's place has been rookie Sheldon McClellan. McClellan logged just one minute in a stretch of 17 games from Nov. 17 to Dec. 19. But since he has appeared in seven of the last nine games with at least 11 minutes in five of those outings. He had one of his best games of the season so far on Sunday in Milwaukee with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, with two steals and three rebounds.
Brooks discussed McClellan's recent emergence at practice on Monday:
“I like what Sheldon has been able to do. He plays hard. When you play hard it gives you a chance to stay on the court and make good things happen for your team. I think he does that. He has that play hard gene that I like. It helps him. Last game I thought he had some big moments. He hit a couple big shots. He just didn’t rely on the jump shot. He went to the basket. He’s a talented player. I think he’s getting better as the season goes on.”