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.
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?