Apologies to Drake in stealing his line, but the Bulls are going up against his Toronto Raptors tonight. This team is very hard to figure out these days. The Raptors were dead last in their division and were looking for a repeat performance this year. They were so starved for attention they set a business arrangement with Hip-Hop star Drake, bringing him on as an ambassador to the team. (Kind of like what Jay-Z did for Brooklyn.) Instead the team has been commanding some attention of their own standing atop the Atlantic Division and ranked 4th in the Leastern Conference. Granted with the two New York teams stinking like fresh morning five boroughs garbage, it is by default. However you can’t fault the lottery winner for having the winning ticket either.
I’ve been told that the key to any winning organization starts with management. The Raptors seemed to get real serious firing GM Bryan Colangelo and replacing him with Masai Ujiri. If you do not know this guy he will always be the one that traded Carmelo Anthony out of Denver to the New York Knicks. Looking at the Knicks now do you think that was smart? Smart enough to win Ujiri Executive of the year. If The Raps keep this up, he’ll get it again. He conned the Knicks into trading for Andrea Bargnani that was so one sided that NBA people are still laughing. In another shrewd move he traded Rudy Gay and his bloated contract to Sacramento. He has been the MVP for the Raps.
On the floor, Kyle Lowry has been the man on the trading block and on the floor. He destroyed the Knicks at home in a home series over the weekend. The Bulls are going to have to contain him and not let him get into a rhythm. He scored 32 points on Saturday night. Can’t let him have a repeat performance, Slam Dunk champ DeMar Derozan is a exciting wing player that has to be dealt with. The Bulls cannot turn the ball over like last night (21 turnovers) and expect to win this game.
The Raptors did beat the Bulls earlier this season but it will not happen if they get the ball inside. Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah should have big games. Get the ball inside early and often. Jimmy Butler needs to Xerox his mentality and stay aggressive. Derozan can dunk but he struggles sometimes on defense. If the Bulls want to make moves in the standings, they must start tonight. They play 11 of the next 13 games against teams under .500. Check back tonight for the recap of this game and all news and reviews on Pippen Aint Easy. Your best fan based choice for Bulls basketball.