Trevor Ariza’s ninth NBA season ended 12 days ago because of a sore left knee.
Game in a nutshell: The Wizards (29-53) came out flat and got steam-rolled in the first quarter as the Bulls (45-37) opened with a 10-0 run and led by as many as 21 points.
Maybe Nene’s words had an impact, or maybe not, but the Wizards gave a better effort in Monday’s 106-101 loss at the Brooklyn Nets.
Wizards vs. Nets
At Barclays Center
TV: CSN, 7:30 p.m. ET
Season series: Nets lead 2-1.