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The Bulls infirmary marches on

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Thanks to BLee for today's game preview -yfbb]

Word came down from high upon the Advocate Center that Jimmy Butler would miss 3-6 weeks with a strained elbow. This news came just days after the announcement that Derrick Rose would miss 4-6 weeks recovering from a tear in his right meniscus (a pleasantly short time period considering what we here around BaB are accustomed to). Oh and by the way, KC Johnson tweeted this morning that Taj Gibson is still in an ankle boot and will miss at least a week, maybe 2. Welp.

But alas, the remnants of these Chicago Bulls must proceed ever onward into the month of March, welcoming the Washington Wizards to the United Center in their final matchup this regular season.

There's no love lost between the Bulls and Wizards. Washington center Maybyner Hilario said this about the Chicago basketball team:

"I don't want to talk about Chicago. You know I hate them. You can put that."

Well, uh, we don't like you much either dude.

The Bulls will try to finish with a regular season split against the Wiz. The Bulls prevailed in the first meeting, while Washington has won the most recent two. This game has the potential to be very not pretty if Nene has his way like he did last postseason, and if Kirk Hinrich draws the start. Then again, the Wizards still employ Randy Whitman and are coming into today 3-11 in their last 14 games, so I guess anything can happen?

John Wall and Bradley Beal (who himself is coming off an injury) could very much have their way with the Bulls' depleted backcourt. Without Rose and Butler we might see a healthy dose of E'Tuwan Moore and...

...wait a minute, is that...DOUG McDERMOTT'S MUSIC???

Haha just kidding, it's probably not. But maybe? If nothing else, the lack of a true starting backcourt might let McBuckets get some minutes over the next few weeks. Don't screw it up, kid, or else you might be exiled even further and your dad will have to go all Joe McCoy on this front office.

This feels like a game the Bulls should push hard to win, so long as we're still in a spot to care about playoff seeding. The Wizards currently sit in the fifth spot, and while it's looking like the Cavs will leapfrog the Bulls at some point in this stretch, Chicago finishing ahead of Toronto is still a possibility, and you certainly don't want to fall behind the Wizards and out of first-round home court

Reasons to watch? Well, I guess, to see Snell basically be the main (only?) guy in the backcourt; to see if McDermott gets some minutes, and maybe to see Noah throw some sweet passes.

I can't bring myself to get too excited about this game. I'll be there tonight, for some reason, in section 306. Stop by and say hello?

If you must, catch the game on CSN-Chicago on the TV box and ESPN 1000 on the radio. Check out Bullets Forever for Wizards coverage. Have "fun," be good, go Bulls.