Ten years and one day after Michael Jordan played his final NBA game, the only two teams that he played for will meet in the season finale, seeking to accomplish different goals.
The Wizards are taking their sixth and last shot at claiming a 30th victory, while the Bulls have a chance to clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with a win or if the Atlanta Hawks lose to the New York Knicks.
Trevor Booker is the only opening night starter who will be on the floor for the Wizards against the Bulls. Emeka Okafor will miss his first game became of injury this season after sustaining a sprained right ankle during Monday’s 106-101 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Okafor wasn’t certain when the injury occurs but suspects it happened when Nets forward Kris Humphries used the pull-the-chair trick – he leaned in defensively, then backed off when Okafor made his move to the basket, causing him to fall on the ground. Okafor didn’t immediately feel any discomfort until he ran down the floor and the ankle started to swell as he sat during a timeout.
“I lost my balance and I must’ve done something there,” Okafor said of the play against Humphries. “”I remember my teammates were asking me, ‘Hey ‘Mek, your ankle all right?’ I was like, ‘My ankle is fine.’ I started to running then I felt something and then I tried to stop and just couldn’t and I was just let’s get out.”
Kevin Seraphin will start in place of Okafor as the Wizards attempt to avoid ending the season on a six-game losing streak and an eight-game road losing streak. They have not won since defeating the Indiana Pacers, 104-85, on April 6.
The Wizards have won two of three against Chicago this season, winning both games at home, including a 90-86 victory two weeks ago at Verizon Center, where John Wall scored a game-high 27 points.
Tipoff: 8 p.m.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Radio: 106.7 (WJFK FM)