Well the Bulls can only move forward from their embarrassing loss to the Clippers last night. It was ugly, it was bad but it was going to happen so let’s move on.
Specifically, let’s move on to Portland, a game the Bulls can very much win and use as a sort of bounce back game. Portland actually matches up pretty well with the Bulls in both size and talent. Carlos Boozer will get another rough matchup with LaMarcus Aldridge and Kirk Hinrich and co, will have plenty to deal with in rookie sensation Damien Lillard.
For the record, I called for Lillard to be my choice for NBA Rookie of the Year.
The Bulls need this win, because if they sink to .500, morale isn’t going to do much improving. At the same time, slipping to and eventually below .500 is going to happen at some point this year, just based on how Chicago has played thus far this year. But again, like the Suns game this is a winnable West Coast matchup for the Bulls but they need to forget what happened in L.A. last night ot move forward. That wasn’t a growing experience, it was just an ugly blowout that was unavoidable.
A win over the Blazers will go a long way in boosting moral on the team and in the stands.
Location: Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Time: 8:00pm CST/9:00pm EST
Nat’l TV: WGN America
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: ESPN 1000
Line: Bulls -1.0
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — PG Derrick Rose (OUT), PG Kirk Hinrich (PROBABLE)
PORTLAND — PF LaMarcus Aldridge (PROBABLE)
Key Matchup: Can the Bulls rebound from an embarrassing loss to the Clippers
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Last 10 Games
Last Game: Bulls lost to Clippers 101-80, Blazers beat Rockets 119-117
Last Meeting: December 30, 2011– Bulls 114, Clippers 101
Prediction: Bulls 92, Clippers 100