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The Chicago Bulls of television fame face the Utah Jazz tonight on ESPN at 9:30, and on CSN for all you Funkadactyls out there. The Bulls are in a bit of a slump right now, having lost their last two games and seemingly half of their roster. The Bulls are now 1 1/2 games behind Indiana for the 3 seed if the NBA threw all of its rules out of the window and decided to start the playoffs today. It's an unlikely scenario, because the Lakers have still not crawled into a playoff spot yet, but hey, I'm not David Stern. Since I know almost nothing about Utah this season, lets take a journey of knowledge together, shall we?
First thing you notice is that Utah is in line to make the playoffs out of the west, so the Bulls will lose. Preview over, for those who only read these for my 100% accurate predictions of the future. Utah has been bitten by the injury insect with Mo Williams, Earl Watson, and Gordon Hayward, who is kinda sorta as good as Paul George, all likely to be sitting this one out. Bulls will probably still sit El Capitan and Marco Ralph Lauren.
So the Bulls will be trotting out Nasty Nate at the 1 and backing him up with Nastier Marquis (I think that is a catchy nickname that will stick so remember you heard it here first!). Teague actually had an alright night last night in trash time, going 5-8 from the floor but turning it over 4 times. With Hayward and Watson out, they have been using a rotation at the PG slot between Randy Foye, Alec Burks, and Jamaal Tinsley, though these guys will all play on the floor together with their thin guard rotation. The only thing I know about these players is that Jamaal Tinsley is old, and Randy Foye went to Villanova, so good for our C-7 brother. He and Tinsley start, but Burks will get the bulk of the minutes due to Tinsley's chronic case of old dude.
Luckily for the Jazz, their strength is in their front court. Milsap and Jefferson lead the way, and are both very good. Then they have a lot of depth, with Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams, and Demarre Carroll coming off the bench/playing small forward. Williams and Hayward were filling up the cup pretty well for Jazzercise, and the guys to pick up the slack have largely been just more big guys scoring, plus Foye. So, uh, the Bulls should play, like, more defense on those guys. Our banged up bunch of bigs better bring it on both sides of the ball.
I'm assuming everyone on the Bulls will be playing hurt (even Vlad Rad, probably) so if they lose I will forgive them. Utah has won something crazy like 11 of 12 or some nonsense. However, if Cook comes in before Butler again I will lose my shit.
Go to SLC Dunk to find out what people from Utah use the internet for. I came for excellent blog title, I stayed for content about a team I was completely oblivious of. Here's hoping no major news breaks after I post this!