Is Tyus Jones playing tonight? Wizards at Bulls injury update for March 16

Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets
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During Thursday's 135-119 loss at the hands of the Houston Rockets, guard Tyus Jones logged 31 minutes for the Washington Wizards, scoring 13 points to go along with eight assists. The following evening, The Athletic's Josh Robbins revealed the Wizards' injury report for Saturday's matchup with the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, which includes Jones among several other Wizards players.

Tyus Jones' status for Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls on March 16

The injury designation slates the Wizards' starting point guard as doubtful for Saturday's game in Chicago. According to the report, Jones is dealing with spasms in his lower back, the same injury that has held Marvin Bagley III out of play for Washington since March 4th.

In the absence of Tyus, interim coach Brian Keefe will likely turn to Jordan Poole to take on a larger role against the Bulls. Although Poole has served as the Wizards' sixth-man since returning from the All-Star break, Keefe may be forced to make an adjustment to his lineup in Chicago. Since making the rotational adjustment of moving Poole to the bench, Jones has averaged 9.1 points and 9.8 assists per game.

Injury report for Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls on March 16

Alongside Jones on the Wizards' injury report are another six players, including the team's newest addition, Tristan Vukcevic, who is not yet with the team. As of Friday evening, Bagley, Vukcevic, Landry Shamet, and Isaiah Livers are the four players the team has confirmed will be out against the Bulls. Richaun Holmes has been upgraded to questionable after missing the Wizards' last three games while Deni Avdija appears on the report as questionable due to a right knee contusion.

In the closing stages of Thursday's matchup with the Rockets, Avdija slipped on Fred VanVleet's foot while attempting to make a move on offense, falling hard on his right knee. The Wizards' forward hopped back to his feet and made his way to the locker room before returning to the bench shortly after.

As for the Bulls, Chicago has already ruled out Julian Phillips due to a right foot sprain that has the Bulls forward in a walking boot. The team could also potentially be without combo guard Coby White after the budding star was landed on awkwardly by Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam during a play on Wednesday. Although White thankfully avoided a major injury, the 24-year-old missed Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and is questionable to play against the Wizards.

Washington Wizards' upcoming schedule

The Wizards' Saturday night clash at the United Center is fourth and final game of their road trip, returning home to the District on Sunday to face the number-one-seeded Boston Celtics in the second half of back-to-back games. Washington's week-long homestand includes matchups with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Toronto Raptors.

Sunday, March 17 vs. Boston Celtics @ 6:00 PM ET

Tuesday, March 19 vs. Houston Rockets @ 7:00 PM ET

Thursday, March 21 vs. Sacramento Kings @ 7:00 PM ET

Saturday, March 23 vs. Toronto Raptors @ 8:00 PM ET

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