December 9, 2019

Washington Wizards Game 36 Review: Depleted Wizards Give Complete Effort against Bulls

The Washington Wizards headed into a road matchup with the Chicago Bulls excited for the return of Nene for some much-added depth. However, Marcin Gortat was a late scratch because of a nagging knee injury, and the Wizards were left short handed once again. As depleted as they were, the team displayed a complete offensive effort against a stellar Bulls team, winning 114-100.

This effort was not about just one player for Washington, with 7 Wizards scoring in double figures, including Ramon Sessions (16), Gary Neal (11), and Drew Gooden (10). The road team was able to distribute the ball and get the looks that they needed inside even without Gortat on the pick and roll.

John Wall added 17 points and 10 assists for yet another double-double, and Derrick Rose added 23 and only 1 assist, as the Bulls were never able to keep up with the Wizards’ efficient and steady offensive output. The Wizards are perhaps the most consistently inconsistent team, taking bad losses at home with impressive wins on the road, all while not knowing who is going to suit up on a given night.

Nene looked like he was in 2014 playoff form, when the Wizards swept Chicago in the first round. He went 7-of-11 from the field for 14 points in just 20 minutes. The Wizards shot 49% as a team and 31 of their 48 field goals were assisted.

Washington (17-19) will travel back home to play the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday to try and build on their momentum after two big road wins against Toronto and Chicago. The Bulls (22-14) will have three straight road games starting on tomorrow in Milwaukee.

About Seamus Kane

Seamus Kane is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Wizards. A native of Silver Spring, MD, Seamus grew up in the area all his life rooting for the Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, Caps, and Terps. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a degree in American History and now lives in Washington, DC. His favorite DC sports legend is Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green, and his favorite DC sports moment was Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off in the first-ever game at Nationals Park, a game which he attended. You can follow Seamus on Twitter @ShamelessKane

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