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Bulls vs. Wizards game preview, injury report, lineups

the Portis-Parker-Porter bowl

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The Bulls looked fun and better in their game last night in Brooklyn, a large-margin victory behind the highest scoring game of the season. New acquisition Otto Porter Jr. was great, going 4-5 from three and 3-4 from two to finish with 19 points.

But another team that was having fun last night was the Washington Wizards, who were playing their first game since trading Otto Porter for Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker. They also secured a win, though it was against the true drudgery that is the Cavaliers. And Portis had 30 points off the bench with Parker getting nearly a triple-double (7-11-9) both coming off the bench.

So this could be a nice matchup! Partially because both former Bulls threw shade at their old organization. Somebody alert John Paxson to these ‘specific players’!

We know Jabari Parker was unhappy here...

But Portis has been more surprisingly salty. Though I suppose given his overall personality of irrational confidence it shouldn’t be that surprising.

Portis went to social media and lol’d (again, someone get a face-to-face meeting with John Paxson to tell him this!) all over Bulls-based reporting of the team not believing he was more than a backup.

Then after his debut he had words for his old team.

The Bulls, seemingly to a man, all loved Portis and viewed him as a leader. To me that puts their own character and culture into question, but that’s what they’re saying. They’re also looking forward to tonight’s game. In a rare example this season (or 5) am I?

Game Time: 7pm, in Chicago


As for other injuries and lineups, I believe it’ll be the same for both teams as it was last night. Porter starts at SF for the Bulls now pushing Wayne Selden back to the bench, and as they’re thin up front now the Bulls are using Cristiano Felicio a bit as the backup center but also going with smaller lineups with Lauri at the 5 and Porter at 4. And it appears that Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is getting a tryout off the bench over Shaq Harrison and Antonio Blakeney.

The Wiz have their known injuries, but are left with a fairly veteran group now surrounding Bradley Beal with Satoransky, Green, and Ariza. Though both Portis and Parker played well I don’t see them cracking the starting lineup but getting heavy minutes as pretty much their only useful bench contributors at the moment.