Bulls at Raptors at 6:00pm on CSN

The Bulls head out to Toronto for their second to last preseason game.   It's a week before the tip off of the regular season, and the Chicago team that looked solid the first few games has shown plenty of cracks in it's past few.  Injuries are already mounting decimating the team's depth and not allowing them to develop continuity.

In this game, Taj Gibson returns while Korver and Bogans are questionable.   This should give Ronnie Brewer plenty of time to get acclimated to playing again and hopefully find his stride.

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The Bulls dominated the Raptors in their last outing, and despite the injuries, I expect them to beat up on the Raptors again.   They're coming off a humiliating loss, so they should play with fire while Toronto doesn't really have the personnel to take advantage of the Bulls lack of beef in the front court.

Look for Joakim Noah to excel in the role of play maker against the Raptors front court while Derrick Rose gets whatever he wants all night long.   As long as the Bulls don't come out ice cold, they should find a way to win.

Things to look for:
1:  Do they bring the fire?   They were absolutely humiliated last game, I expect them to come out with some intensity despite it being a preseason game.

2: If Korver and Bogans are out, how does the team look in terms of spacing with a Rose, Brewer, Deng perimeter group?   If teams pack the paint, can the Bulls find enough shooting with that group on the floor?

3: Despite limited health in practice, can the Bulls find continuity on offense while passing the ball?  With only a week until the first regular season game, they need to get on the same page.

4: This is one of the final two chances for players to fight for final roster spots and roles on the team.  Will Weaver, Lucas, or Powell get a shot to earn that roster spot?

5: James Johnson may only have two games left to prove his option is worth exercising.   Can he step up to the plate?

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  • Nice game setup Doug!
    Should be a fun game to watch!
    We need some beef!!! Why do the Bulls keep Richards anyways, he's is undersized and isn't very good. If you want a cheerleader with a pony tail we have that covered with our hot Lovabulls! :-)

  • Im looking forward to Brewer,James Johnson an Weaver tonight. I wanna see Weaver get the job.

  • Even Noah is out....It means Asik gets a double-double

  • I just noticed that my cable provider doesnt have CSN+ can i watch the game online anywhere? Does anyone know.

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    If you have CLTV...that's the same as CSN+..
    Sorry, no idea about online..

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    MELO-DRAMA:

    Carmelo Anthony drops yet another clue as to where he wants to play.

    http://twitter.com/carmeloanthony/status/27955877300

    Who is going to call the Maloof's? Me or GarPax?

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    Melo would be unreal

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    Man the technical fouls are ridiculous now, you can't show any sign of being human without being whistled for one.

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    Wow, CJ Watson is crap. These guys are NBA players, get millions and can't hit an open shot...

  • In reply to supercesto:

    give him time

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    I know we've had our share of injuries this year already, but there is one more that I am silently hoping for, and that is the one that might somehow explain CJ Watson's horrible play thus far! Please, dear God, because I can't take watching three years of that crap factory...

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    Wow, just watching the Magic against the Mavs. The Bulls shouldn't feel too down because of their loss against the Magic. They seem to be unbeatable in the preseason. They're just dominating every team they face.

  • In reply to Rincewind:

    The magic can and will contend with the Heat

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    Surely the Raptors are the worst team in the league, even without two starters and our 6th man we look like a much better team.

  • In reply to bcz1980:

    I think JJ just did some sort of Karate move in the air for a layup.

  • Never mind - found it

  • I was reminded that he was a Warrior last year- that helped explain a lot. And YES Lucas ain't gonna cut it at PG- if Rose gets injured, we're toast...

  • SMALL FORWARDS:

    It's nice to see Luol Deng get to the FT-line 10 times. And James Johnson played well.

    The more they can increase their TRADE VALUE the better (Melo).

  • Best game of his career possibly... yeah, yikes is right!

  • It seems like the new additions except of all people Scal are not that good. We won this game mostly because of Rose, Deng and JJ.
    Hopefully, Boozer and Korver come through. I am disappointed in Brewer and Watson.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Maybe if the Bulls do decide to trade for Melo, Denver will include Billups in the trade as well if they wait till DEC.15, cause Watson isn't looking like a true point guard and he could be included in the trade to Denver as well. Chauncey will be a free agent after this season and he said if the Nuggets don't want him, he would prefer to go to a winning team cause he does still have something left. Bulls would be the perfect destination and he would be the perfect backup to Rose... a true point guard. It would also stick it to the Pistons since that's what they tried to do with Gordan cause the Bulls signed Ben Wallace old ass.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    TORONTO DEFENSE:

    It's pretty AWFUL.

    James Johnson goes 5/6 from the field...never seen that before.
    Kurt Thomas goes 5/6 from the field...never seen that before.
    Brian Scalabrine goes 6/7 from the field...never seen that before.

    Those three guys played really good, but Toronto's defense certainly helped their cause.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    schaumburgfan,

    Don't exagerate about JJ.

    Scal and Thomas had better games than him.

    (CHECK THE REBOUND TOTALS)

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    give them time....of all the new players these 2 seem to have the games that most need time to adjust, esp Watson coming from Golden State's horrible system.

  • Doug,

    JJ didn't carry the bench. That would be Scal and Thomas.

    (CHECK THE PLUS/MINUS)

    * He ran the floor, which was good, but didn't do much else.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    If only you could combine the Athleticism & Skill of James Johnson, with the mind, shot, & dreamy hair of Brian Scalabrine, you'd have quite the monster

  • LMAO!

  • Better stick to what you do best....rip Mr. Happy

  • That's a classic move you don't see as much as you used to, love that move

  • Give Weaver the job as back up point, send the message to Watson to quit fooling around with boxer's baby mommas and concentrate on improving his game.

  • Screw Melo, can we make a trade for a backup point?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    I wish we had picked that summer league sensation Jeremy Lin instead of CJ Watson. He would have come cheaper too.

    Watson just looks to shoot even when 3 people are guarding him as if he is MJ...he definitely has the bad habits of the Warriors. I wish the Bulls had signed him to an assist-incentive contract.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Lin has been given 26 total minutes in 6 games for the Warriors during pre-season, Watson got more than that for them per game in the regular season last year. What possible reason is there to think Lin is better than Watson?

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    btw, CAN THE BULLS PLAYERS PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE GET THEIR FLU SHOTS?!!! I mean come on its ridiculous

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    and if Noah has the flu why the hell is he on the bench with these guys?

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    Exactly, which alleviates my concerns some. Players do get the flu during the season, which I just don't get. The whole team should be getting flu shots.

    This seems to be a case of possibly resting Noah while he is hot & he is a single guy traveling to the great city of Toronto during a meaningless preseason game....do the math I guess

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    ChiRy,

    I believe Ronnie Brewer played some PG in college.

    Watson's shooting, combined with Korver's and Bogan's health are concerning.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    College is way different than the NBA, but I would give it a try

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    WATSON vs. LAW:

    PPG - 10.4 vs. 7.4
    RPG - 2.0 vs. 2.6
    APG - 3.8 vs. 4.0
    SPG - 0.8 vs. 1.0
    BPG - 0.0 vs. 0.3
    FG% - .340 vs. .424
    FT% - .706 vs. .957
    3P% - .286 vs. .222
    MPG - 25.0 vs. 21.6
    Salary - $3,600,000 vs. $885,120

    Which player is giving their team the greatest VALUE, on and off the court?

    My vote is for ACIE LAW.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    FT% - .957? must be a small sample size.

  • In reply to UnstopaBull:

    UnstopaBull,

    I'd have to look, but I know he went 10/10 during one pre-season game.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    UnstopaBull,

    Acie is actually 22/23 from the FT-line in the pre-season.

    That's pretty good.

    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/acie_law/game_by_game_stats.html

    He's also had 4 games with 5 assists or more.

    That's also pretty good.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    UnstopaBull,

    James Johnson is 13/21 from the FT-line in the preason.

    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/james_johnson/game_by_game_stats.html

    So, him and Acie have shot just about the same amount of FT's.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    UnstopaBull,

    Oops.

    I meant to put up CJ Watson's FT #'s, not JJ's.

    CJ Watson is 12/17 from the FT-line in the preseason.

    http://www.nba.com/playerfile/cj_watson/game_by_game_stats.html

    Not nearly as productive in attempts or makes as Acie is.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Didn't realize there were preseason stats.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Statistically, you might be right. But we saw how Acie Law played last year. He was just running up full speed and trying to shoot rather than pass. Watson seems to be a better shooter but is struggling right now. I wish the Bulls had given him an incentive based on assists contract. That's probably one of the ways you can make him change from his GS habits. If the Bulls want somebody like Law, they can always get them in the future any time. And, even if Law was on this team and was a major contributor...then we screwed anyhow.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    Except for his 10 game suspension, I would have preferred Delonte West over these two.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    schaumburgfan,

    Did you watch the Dallas game?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rinat-HIHTM

    Outside of that game and the one vs. Memphis when did he play?

    VDN never gave him any minutes. Thibs is doing the same thing to Weaver.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The point is Watson has the better upside than Law. Law is not good enough to play 10/15 mins and be effective and even if he is going to be...we can always get him whenever we need him. Delonte West would have been an upgrade over Watson but we know his off-court issues. We need to give time to Watson for a few months and if he is struggles like he is doing now...the Bulls will pack him off anyhow in the future. Hopefully, Rose stays healthy.

  • In reply to schaumburgfan:

    schaumburgfan,

    I wouldn't say that Watson has the better upside.

    Acie Law has gotten the opportuntiy yet.

    When he does, we'll see who has the better upsdie.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I agree, don't understand why they let AC Law walk, I liked him & it seems as if he just needs a real chance. I think he would have been perfect playing behind Rose. Guess Thibs wanted his own guys

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    ChiRy,

    I'm a fan of Acie Law's too.

    We'll find out if the Bulls' brass made a mistake letting him go.

    God knows, the Bulls' staff's talent evaluation is pretty poor.

  • No one would argue that Dwight Howard is far superior to the combination of Joel Anthony, Big Z and Magliore. However, how the heck are the combination of Vince Carter and JJ Redick going to guard Lebron and DWade? At least the Heat will have 18 fouls to give on Howard. Once Miami has a few months to work out its chemistry, they will be better than Orlando.

  • In reply to RichG:

    Have you seen the way the Magic swarm offenses? They can contain that team.

  • Mitchell,

    You got that right.

  • I hope I'm right too! I really am doubting CJ at the moment, but for now I'll give him the benefit

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