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Chicago Bulls summer league game preview: Bobby Portis and friends look to stay UNDEFEATED

In which the UNDEFEATED Summer Bulls Battle The UNDEFEATED Summer Drakes

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[Thanks to Alex for today's game preview -yfbb]

First off. DID YOU KNOW THAT CYRUS THE VIRUS IS CHECKING OUT THE VEGAS SUMMER LEAGUE? AND HE LOVES THE BULLS? And that his next door neighbor growing up in fucking Benton was Doug Collins? John Malkovich was a featured guest during the inaugural Zoidberg Summer League game. Malkovich is also apparently scouting new 2-year Spurs small forward signee Jonathon Simmons. Reggie Miller, doing commentary for the game, just ate that conversation UP, to the point that he had two great awesome in-game Miller-isms to celebrate it:

-On his performance as Booth in "In The Line of Fire" "YOU FREAKED ME OUT THERE JOHN."

-"'Being John Malkovich' is being John Malkovich right now with us. THIS IS FANTASTIC." Reggie's the man.

Anyway. In a great first game, Bobby Portis thoroughly outshone Karl-Anthony Towns (Portis: 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting including 3-of-4 from deep and a nifty little mini-skyhook, 7 boards, a block, a dime, just 1 foul, a +6 plus-minus in 27:26; Towns: 9 points on 4-of-11 shooting, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks, 4 fouls and a paltry -8 plus-minus in 32:53), and Dougie McBuckets looked primed to get another All-NBA Summer League First Team selection (20 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 5 boards, a +15 plus-minus, great slashing and energy, plus a sick outlet hockey assist that eventually provided a highlight-reel Portis flush). Now the Bulls look to make it two in a row against the Toronto Raptors tonight in Vegas. Hoiberg could be the real deal, it was nice to see him emphasize floor-spacing with the big guys, and look to use McDermott's size to slice up defenders inside. On Friday, the Raptors had an even more encouraging win to kick things off, obliterating the Sacramento's JV squad 90-68. Let's break tonight down (quickly), shall we?

Toronto Players To Watch:

Brunco Caboclo (SF) - The man Frischilla called "two years away from being two years away" lit up the Kings on Friday night, going 5-for-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from outside, plus 5 rebounds and a ridiculous +25 plus-minus. The 6'9" forward has range, and looks to be a fun defensive challenge for Doug McDermott and occasionally Cameron Bairstow (who had a three himself last night). After playing in just 8 games for the Raptors last season, he's going to be leaned on a bit more to contribute in Toronto's newly Amir Johnson-less front court. Granted, $60 million star Raptors signee DeMarre Carroll will see some time as a small-ball 4, but he's best utilized on the wing.

Delon Wright (PG) - The speedster ex-Utah Ute, a 6'5" point guard who won the Bob Cousy Award, is a seasoned rookie at age 23. Masai Ujiri drafted him 20th overall in June, and he didn't disappoint in game 1: he had an efficient 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and an also-baller +24 plus-minus. Kid could be good, and soon.

Lucas Nogueira (C) - The 7-footer with the awesome 'fro, Cabolco's fellow Brazilian more or less red-shirted his rookie NBA season too, logging just 23 games. He went 4-of-5 from the floor, good for 10 points, and also netted 5 boards and a +15 plus-minus, in a little over 17 minutes of action. You've got to imagine someone so raw, but with such intriguing athleticism, would be a good test for Bobby Portis. I guess we'll have to see. PUMPED.

Tip at 5:00 CST/6:00 EST online via NBA.com streaming.