The Wizards will host the Chicago Bulls at Verizon Center on Monday night, and coach Randy Wittman isn’t concerned about the opponent, just about the Wizards.
Wittmans’ mantra is that regardless of who they play, the Wizards need to play the same way, and approach all opponents equally.
But the Wizards will be facing the Bulls big men Joakim Noah and Carlos Booker without Andray Blatche, who will miss three to five weeks with a strained calf. Blatche sustained the injury on Saturday night in Charlotte, when he was alreay nursing a strained shoulder.
Just one day earlier, Blatche had been replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Jan Vesely. With Blatche on the inactive list, the Wizards have recalled center Hamady Ndiaye from the D-League’s Iowa Energy. Ndiaye averaged 5.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 10 games, including three starts.
Backup center Ronny Turiaf is also still several weeks away from being able to return to the court Turiaf sustained a broken left hand sustained in the Jan. 1 game against the Boston Celtics.