Nene's minutes restrictions ended Monday as the 7-footer started for the Wizards for the first time in more than a month.
On paper, the Bulls look like an ideal matchup but they're on a five-game winning streak and one win from reaching .500 heading into Monday's game.
Before the season began, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he needed about 20 games to figure out what adjustments to make and soon after every team in the NBA would have an identity.
Clearly, the New Year hasn't gone according to plan for the Wizards, who fell to 2-5 in January following Saturday's wild home loss to the Houston Rockets.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dwight Howard played the role of NBA rain delay entertainer, playing one-on-one with some kids from the front row and playfully rejecting their shots.