The Bulls are set to take on the Toronto Raptors at 7pm tonight and with the obvious exception of Carlos Boozer, may have a fully healthy roster. C.J. Watson, who missed the last two games, is definitely playing while Ronnie Brewer is a game time decision after making it through a full contact practice Monday without incident.
This is a game where the opponent certainly isn't going to sell you on watching the game. Come out and see the stars! How many chances do you get to see Jose Calderon or Andrea Bargnani?
However, every Bulls game is a good game for us, and I think it's instructional to watch the Bulls teams you expect them to beat up badly to see if they can manage it. So I bring you five things to look for in this game:
1: Can Ronnie Brewer play, and if so, what does he do?
We can't get a real feel for the rotation in a pre-season game anyway, but I'm curious to see who he plays with, what kind of role he has in the offense, and how the Bulls play with no three point shooters on the floor.
2: Can C.J. Watson show us why we signed him and why Bulls fans were excited?
After a train wreck in his only pre-season performance, it'd be nice to see him notch a solid game under his belt tonight just to shut us up. I'm not worried on C.J.'s shooting yet, but I do want to see better ball handling out of the guard.
3: Can the Bulls own the glass against a team they should easily own the glass against?
Seriously, who on this team can rebound? If the Bulls don't have a huge defensive rebounding percentage edge in this one then I'll be awfully disappointed. Taj Gibson, in particular, needs to improve his rebounding effort while in the game.
4: Will Kyle Weaver continue to impress, and how will Tom Thibodeau even find minutes to find out with Brewer and Watson back?
I think Weaver's play might warrant a roster spot, but Thibodeau might struggle to find enough minutes to make a decision, and he doesn't exactly fill a need. Given his age and career playing time, it's possible that he's on the upswing enough to actually out play Bogans/Watson.
5: How do our project players look?
James Johnson put together his best game against Washington, can he continue to make quick, quality decisions with the basketball while letting the game come to him? Omer Asik showed off his size, but also showed off a whole lot of things he'll need to work through, will we see visible progress as preseason wears on? We don't have any draft picks, but we do have two young players fighting for roles on this team to keep an eye on.
While the result of a preseason game never matters much to me, I expect the Bulls to win this one and send Big Macs home for the fans.