6 p.m., WGN
After missing five games with an ankle injury, Bulls star Zach LaVine came off the bench in the Bulls loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday to score 28 points in just 26 minutes of playing time. Tonight against the Wizards, he will start.
Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine remain sidelined long term with their respective ankle injuries.
Meanwhile for the Bulls, this game is being billed (I guess Boylen’s ‘standard’ benching of returning players had gummed up this narrative?) as the start of what’s hoped to be a big three era where all of Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and LaVine are getting significant minutes together. Markkanen and LaVine combined for 44 of the Bulls 94 points on Wednesday, but the three together did not produce solid offense with their lineups.
Wizards will be without several starters, as John Wall is out and Markieff Morris is doubtful. For the ninth consecutive game, Otto Porter will sit out with a knee injury. And Dwight Howard has been mostly unavailable all season and will remain that way for a while longer.
Still trying to figure out how an Eastern Conference team with a mostly healthy John Wall and Bradley Beal is so bad. They do have eight players who are averaging double figure scoring this season. They’ve lost 4 of the 5 games played since acquiring Trevor Ariza.