Bulls vs. Bucks — 7pm on CSN+
The Bulls are rolling so far in the second half of the season having yet to lose a game. There have been games that have been closer then they would have wanted, but Chicago’s championship ambitions have been met with little resistance.
Right now Chicago finds themselves in the middle of a seven game winning streak, their longest of the year. It’s also a streak that will likely live through the night and be valid for a Thursday matchup against the Magic. This is because the Milwaukee Bucks are inviting the Bulls to the Bradley Center for what should be more of the same in terms of how it’s gone so far this year when the two teams meet.
The Bulls are wrapping up their salon series with the Bucks tonight, the first Central Division series to be concluded. The Bulls are also just a win away from completing a series sweep of the Bucks which is a double edged sword.
While a season series sweep of the Bucks is basically meaningless due to the Bucks being such a non-factor in the playoff hunt, the Bucks don’t want to suffer the through the fact they got swept in a year they wanted to improve.
It is this reason that Brandon Jennings and company could bring their A-game against the Bulls.
Luckily for the Bulls, Milwaukee’s A-game is an NBA equivalent to a C-.
The big story heading into the game is, yet again, injuries. C.J. Watson missed Monday’s blowout of the Pacers and Rip Hamilton lasted just 83 seconds before getting hurt and not returning. With the season series ending tonight, the Bulls will have officially played all their games against the Bucks without the service of Hamilton.
But despite the woes, the Bulls have depth and it’s games against teams like the Bucks that they can really stretch these valuable muscles so their in tip-top shape come the post season (which at this point is asinine to believe the Bulls miss the playoffs).
The Bench Mob is waiting for it’s general to heal but in the meantime something interesting is occurring. The Bench Mob is operating as a separate entity for the Bulls, finding leaders in Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer and even John Lucas III. Tom Thibodeau needs to let this relationship develop to it’s fullest extent because with the injuries the Bulls have had, if they can manufacture leaders, then Chicago won’t ever be a headless horseman in the playoffs.
However, tonight is far from a playoff game, it’s a borderline exhibition matchup. The Bucks may give a valiant effort but it’ll be nothing more then a “hey they actually do have a little spunk” type of situation. The Bulls should clean up early (should being a key, third quarter centered word), and prepare for an actual matchup tomorrow against Orlando.