Well, after last night’s loss it may finally be time to retire the phrase, “easy win.”
The Chicago Bulls (26-17) will be heading home to face the Charlotte Bobcats (11-31) with the terrible taste of shame in their mouths, combined with the spit of head coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls may have taken a blow to the gut against the new-look Washington Wizards, but it’s just the kick in the arse they needed.
Charlotte on the other hand, is fresh off a comeback victory in which Gerald Henderson nailed the most disarrayed game-winning three of all time. It wasn’t pretty, but it got the Bobcats a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The last match-up between the Bulls and Bobcats was downright embarrassing, when you put in to consideration the fact that the Bobcats are… well, the Bobcats. They defeated Chicago by double-digits and snapped their 18-game losing streak. Even worse, it was at the United Center, a place that felt like a prison cell for opponents last season.
With that and the memory of yesterday’s loss close at hand, it’s time for Chicago to get serious.
While they’ve been a little bit better at home recently, holding a 3 game winning streak, their overall home record of 14-11 ranks in the bottom half of the league. Meanwhile, Indiana and Brooklyn are breathing down their necks, just half a game behind in the standings.
The status of Luol Deng, who has been out with a hamstring injury for the past five games, is unknown. His replacement, second year phoneme defender Jimmy Butler, struggled yesterday in comparison to his recent play. He’s been averaging a total of 14.2 points and 8.6 throughout this five-game stretch. Butler will be looking to bounce back tomorrow night, regardless of the status of Deng.
Location: United Center
Time: 7:00pm CST/8:00pm EST
Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Radio: WMVP-AM 1000
Injury Report/Inactives: CHICAGO — F Luol Deng (Questionable)
CHARLOTTLE – F Byron Mullens (Out)
Key to the game: Score more points than the opponent. Teehee.
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Prediction: Bulls 95, Bobcats 82