[Thanks to wjb1492 for today's game preview. If you want more, I was the 'A' in 'Q&A' over at GSoM. -Matt]
Honestly, I have no idea what to say about tonight. I'm still feeling pretty mellow following the Bulls' humiliation of the Heat on Wednesday, which makes me want to say wonderful things about the team and its prospects for the rest of the season. Yet, at the same time I find that I just can't let go of the early season misery, and I'm bracing myself for an eventual return to frustrated sarcasm. That was the Heat, after all, while tonight is instead the high-octane Golden State Warriors, who average 108.5 points/game on offense. Considering the Bulls can be decidedly offense-challenged (for recent evidence, just think back to that killer 10 point 3rd quarter against the Magic), our guys are likely going to need one of their sharper shooting nights to get the W.
Meanwhile, the off-court adventures continue, with JamesOn joining Joakim in the news. I can't wait to see what Aaron Gray has up his sleeve, since it would appear to be his turn to make headlines. Boylan's comparison of Joakim to a puppy reminded me of some conversation on Blogabull long ago about what breed of dog each of the players would be, but sadly (?) I couldn't find the thread. Joakim definitely reminds me of my parents' lab, though. (By the way, you'll all be pleased to know that our friends, the Pistons, have "good" rookies who know their place. But I suppose that's a story for tomorrow night's game.)
Looks like Kirk is out again, so Thabo will hopefully have a third great game and make it impossible for Boylan to stick him back on the bench if Kirk ever gets healthy. Deng and Noc are expected to play in spite of their respective boo-boos. Hopefully the kids will get some run, since BW (aka Has-Ben, the Corpse, Ben Worthless) doesn't run at all lately and that lack of running could pose some issues with the Warriors. (It was good to see he can still dunk, though. It's always nice to know whether poor play is lack of interest or lack of ability.)
So, enjoy the game, all, and here's to hoping for a 2-game winning streak.
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