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Bulls vs. Wizards Preview: another win, and that’d be a streak

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Let’s play two

Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

Okay, so 0-72 is off the table.

I suppose 1-71 is still a possibility though. The Bulls finally broke through for their first win of the season a couple nights ago against the same abomination of a Washington Wizards team that they’re going to face this afternoon.

The story of that game is the guards finally looked like they could play together. Zach LaVine, Coby White, and Tomas Satoransky each dealt out six dimes and went toe-to-toe with the potentially-great-on-paper duo of Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.

Yes the win came against a team that could win the case for “worst in the NBA.” But don’t tell the Bulls that, for these young guys it was a huge deal. So much so, the players gave the game ball to head coach Billy Donovan who proceeded to give it to executive Arturas Karnisovas.

On these rare occasions where teams play regular season back-to-backs against the same opponent, it’s always interesting to see the chess match between head coaches as they scramble to adjust game to game. Also of note is that both teams will be playing tomorrow night too, the Bulls in Milwaukee and the Wiz heading out to Minneapolis.

Unfortunately, the afternoon start time might inhibit a lot of us from watching it. #NoMoreAfternoonStartTimes.

Injury Report

Lauri Markkanen is listed day-to-day with a calf issue that he re-aggravated in the first matchup 2 days ago. He did not practice yesterday. Thaddeus Young is fully available but has yet to see his first action this year.

And a new addition to the inactive list just broke this afternoon:

For the Wiz, 2nd-year man Rui Hachimura is active for the first time this season and will play.

Game Time: 4:00 p.m. CDT, NBC Sports Chicago; 670 The Score