Mini-Game Preview: Time for Bulls Back-to-Back-to-Back

Its time guys… I can’t believe I picked the end of a lock-out season to start blogging… I’ve done about 32 already and I just started on December 15th… I will probably start “bundling” these game previews since the games are coming so fast anyway. The only thing that will be outdated by the time the games roll around will be the teams record on the graphic! Both Minnesota and the Wizards will have played another game prior to playing the Bulls.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get started:

VS. DETROIT GAME PREVIEW – MONDAY, 7P CSN / ESPN 1000

LAST TIME WE MET THIS TEAM: Bulls Won W 99-83

DETROIT INJURY RPT: Austin Daye (sore right ankle); Rodney Stuckey (sore groin) and Charlie Villanueva (sore right ankle) are day-to-day.

PROJECTED PISTON STARTERS:

PROJECTED BULLS STARTERS (for all three contests… I don’t expect Rip back til’ Fri at Boston)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

  • I can’t think of a better game to play after the pounding the Bulls got from Atlanta… Look for the Bulls to push the ball and feed off the energy of the United Center crowd.
  • How the Bulls start off the game. Not sure if everyone forgot, but the Bulls often started slow last season. The only times they did not get exposed for these lackluster starts was when the other team also started slowly, or also when the Bulls defensive schemes would allow multiple stops… As a side note, the Miami Heat are leading the league in FG% in the first quarters of games at 50.8%. Just shows you how urgently we need to clean up our starts and first quarter execution…
  • Detroit to play hard… A loss to the Bulls would mark their 4th in a row.
  • Front court to play strong… Noah and Boozer know they need to do better. Not sure what a strong performance would mean tonight against a team like Detroit, however they have got to start building some momentum.

@ MINNESOTA GAME PREVIEW – TUESDAY, 7P CSN / ESPN 1000 / NBA TV (FAN NIGHT SELECTION)

LAST TIME WE MET: First meeting of the 2011-12 season

MINNESOTA INJURY RPT: Small forward Michael Beasley is out with a right mid-foot sprain

PROJECTED MINNESOTA STARTERS:

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

  • Ricky Rubio… He’s been sensational and he’s in my opinion, one of the top three rookies to watch this season… The other two being Norris Cole and Kyrie Irving. All three of these players just play with a quiet confidence (Norris’ confidence is not so quiet, but look who his mentors are, c’mon) that is exciting to see. I’ll be watching this game to see Ricky’s exceptional passing and how he reacts to playing against Derrick. D is no slouch on defense, but smaller points can and do blow by him.
  • Wes Johnson has been playing well so far in his first start, so we should see Deng try to demoralize him early with stingy defense.
  • Kevin Love, Minny’s double-double machine. I guess he is about to get his max contract. Kinda sad that Minnesota allowed a bit of suspense/drama around this… Kevin is a beast and he deserves a max contract. Hopefully, with the new talent that has been infused in the Timberwolves roster, these strong games of his can translate into wins. The Wolves have been impressive this season taking Miami to the wire in a loss and beating the defending champs (although that distinction is starting to lose its luster since Dallas has looked so weak).

VS. WASHINGTON GAME PREVIEW – WEDNESDAY, 7P CSN / ESPN 1000

LAST TIME WE MET: First meeting of the 2011-12 season

WASHINGTON INJURY RPT: Rashard Lewis missed Sunday’s matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a sore right knee, but it turns out he allegedly got into it with one of the assistant coaches and they sat him out of the game. Really? Wiz are now 0-8 and got soundly booed after their last loss. Not the time to bail on your team. I’m assuming that either Singleton starts again, or Rashard may be re-activated, who knows?

PROJECTED WASHINGTON STARTERS:

WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

  • Energy from the Wizards… They should be playing with an “us against the world” mentality by Wednesday, what do they have to lose (besides another game)?
  • John Wall, who is bigger than D.Rose, also a beast, but still needs a higher basketball I.Q. is always entertaining… I’d pay to go see him
  • Bulls to NOT play down to this level of competition, i.e. trading baskets and winning by their usual 10-12 pts… They need to dominate this team. Re-establish themselves as monsters, terrors if you will. Not sure if they will have the legs to do it, but 6 teams have been 6-0 so far in the final game of their back-to-back-to-back sequences (OKC went 3-0, wow), so I don’t expect anything less from the Bulls

Alright Bulls fans… I’ll be in game tweeting from @Chitwnbullsblog for DET, will be missing in action for MINN and will be back in the saddle for WIZ… Take care and let’s enjoy some home games for a change!

–ct

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One Response to Mini-Game Preview: Time for Bulls Back-to-Back-to-Back

  1. tintinpusta says:

    A Win is a Win.. We got Back2Back2Back!! on to the next one against Celtics.. For sure the green peeps will try to bounce back after their loss to Mavs.. Hoping and praying that D will be in great shape by that time and on for the 11th win!!

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