Game Preview #19 - Chicago Bulls at Milwaukee Bucks

[Thanks to Big D for today's game preview. Andrew Bogut likely returns tonight, and that's a huge help to the Bucks. -ed.]

The Bulls have another opportunity for revenge tonight against Scott Skiles (and that other guy who coached the team last year) when they face the Bucks in Milwaukee (7:00 Central, WGN).

Despite the addition of Skiles, the Bucks have been as bad as ever so far, with a record of 7-12.  Skiles has done pretty much what everyone has expected him to do, and amazingly, he's actually turned the Bucks into a decent defensive team.  They currently rank 11th in the league in Defensive Efficiency.  Why, then, are they so bad?  The answer is obvious for those of us who have seen Skiles in action - they're 26th in Offensive Efficiency. In fairness, Michael Redd is just coming back after missing 14 games with an ankle injury.  If he gets going, don't be surprised if the Bucks get back in the playoff race in the East, because they have too many weapons to be one of the worst offensive teams in the league for long.  For what it's worth, John Hollinger has the Bucks 13th in his Power Rankings (mostly because of a strong strength of schedule).

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The less said about last night's game, the better.  The Bulls have a golden opportunity to get back over .500 over the next few weeks, but if they can't beat teams like Philly at home and Milwaukee away, we're just going to have to face the fact that this team isn't that good.  I've been reading a lot of comments about how the Bulls have exceeded expectations so far (mostly by going 3-4 on the circus trip).  I don't really buy that, since who expected Derrick Rose to be this good right away?  If you had told me that he'd be one of the best point guards in the league immediately, my expectations probably would have been raised a little bit.  This team has a superstar now, so judging them based on last year's sorry performance doesn't cut it anymore.

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