The Bulls will travel to Milwaukee for game three tonight, but they should be greeted by a home court atmosphere that's louder and more raucous than the United Center. It's cheaper to buy tickets in Milwaukee and any fans willing to do the extra drive are more likely to be extra loud.
Nikola Mirotic has already been reported out for the game, but reportedly road the stationary bike and did some shooting at Wednesday's practice. Thibodeau said he has a ways to go.
The fact that he's working on a bike and doing some shooting seems overall like a positive to me though, and I'd hazard a guess he's back in time to face Cleveland or only miss a game of the series.
The Bulls shouldn't need Mirotic to finish off the series against Milwaukee, especially since he doesn't pose any special match up advantage there. However, against Cleveland where he can force Kevin Love to run around the perimeter and space the floor, he could be a big difference maker.
Kirk Hinrich is questionable tonight but practiced fully on Wednesday. I'd guess that he'll end up giving it a go. I'll also resist the urge to say something mean about whether or not that will actually be helpful (but apparently not resist the urge to say something passive aggressive).
As for the game, the Bulls are trending in the right direction against Milwaukee in terms of their habits. They did a much better job rebounding and limiting turnovers in game two than game three while a worse job in shot making.
Derrick Rose struggled to find room in game two and wasn't quite so effective as game one. However, the good news is that if they continue to play with good habits, box out, control turnovers that they can win even without a great shooting night and if the shooting comes alive then it likely becomes a blow out.
Chicago hasn't even gotten anything out of Pau Gasol yet.
Milwaukee doesn't really have much in the way of shot creation so the Bulls defense has looked excellent for the most part, it hasn't really been tested either.
While anything can happen on any given night, but I'd give Chicago about a 75% chance of victory any time they play the Bucks, and see no reason to view it differently tonight.
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