The Wizards finally eclipsed the century mark on the road with a 102-99 win at Charlotte Saturday night, and they hope the offense can continue, but it will be tough when they host Chicago at Verizon Center Monday night. The Wizards lost at Chicago, 78-64, in mid-January when the Bulls didn't have their best player, Derrick Rose.
The MVP guard, though, is back healthy for Chicago, and the Bulls come in to D.C. after a game they could have won at Miami on Sunday. Rose missed two free throws with 22 seconds left that would have given the Bulls a one-point lead, and they eventually lost, 97-93. Rose was an incredible 29-for-29 on free throws in the fourth quarter this season before the critical misses against the Heat.
New Wizards coach Randy Wittman promised to reward time to players who have earned it, and he has come through on that promise, promoting rookie Jan Vesely to the starting lineup, putting veteran forward Andray Blatche on the bench. Vesely has started the last two games and has provided more of a defensive presence on the floor.
John Wall scored 13 points and had 10 assists in the win over Charlotte and the former No. 1 pick will be matched up with the 2008 top pick in Rose on Monday night. Rose, who won the league's MVP award last season, is averaging 22 points and seven assists. After a slow start, Wall has picked up his game and is averaging 16 points and seven assists.