Thanks to me for tonight's preview, since the guy or gal who signed up shamefully hasn't posted anything yet. Boo! If you'd like to sign up to do a game preview and actually do it, go here.
Anywho, at 7:00pm Chicago time the Bulls open up the United Center against the visiting Pistons, who started out 0-2, losing at the Nets and then losing their home opener against the Thunder last night. Basically ,the circumstances are in our favor.
Not only are the Pistons unlikely to be as fresh as us, they aren't very good. Former Bulls but still Bens Gordon and Wallace look to be healthy to start the season, along with Tayshaun Prince, so perhaps they shouldn't be underestimated, but with Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye filling out the starting lineup, they don't seem to be setting the world on fire.
Probable Bulls Starters | Roster and Statistics
Guard 1 Derrick Rose 6-3 | 190
Guard 6 Keith Bogans 6-5 | 215
Forward 9 Luol Deng 6-9 | 220
Forward 22 Taj Gibson 6-9 | 225
Center 13 Joakim Noah 6-11 | 232
Probable Pistons Starters | Roster and Statistics
Guard 3 Rodney Stuckey 6-5 | 205
Guard 32 Richard Hamilton 6-7 | 197
Forward 22 Tayshaun Prince 6-9 | 215
Forward 5 Austin Daye 6-11 | 205
Center 6 Ben Wallace 6-9 | 240
Ed Davis (ed: I screwed up the first time and wrote the Raptors guy out) Greg Monroe injured and yet to set foot on court, and backups Jonas Jerebko and Chris Wilcox hurt, this looks like the perfect opportunity for Thibs to implement the look inside strategy he recently talked about with ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell. My thinking is that if there's ever a time for Noah and Taj to shine offensively, it ought to be against these guys.
Also worth watching tonight:
* In the Friedell article, Thibs said Korver won't play much more till his defense is better, and Brewer won't play much till he seems healthier. Let's hope for those things, and a convincing outing from CJ Watson, because Keith Bogans is definitely not who I want to watch very much.
* Will summer-time Wannabe Bull Tracy McGrady have a visible fork sticking out of his back as he hobbles up and down the court? In the Pistons' first two games, he's played 20 minutes and has yet to score.