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Start Time: 7:00 PM CT
Location: United Center (Chicago, IL)
Watch: TNT (Look out for Rajin' "National TV Star" Rondo)
Bulls: Jerian Grant (PG), Dwyane Wade (SG), Jimmy Butler (SF), Bobby "It's Portis Time" Portis (PF), RoLo (C)
Warriors: Stephen Curry (PG), Klay Thompson (SG), Patrick McCaw (SF), Draymond Green (PF), Zaza Pachulia (C)
Bulls: Michael Carter-Williams (knee, game time decision), looks like Zipser is back (rejoice!)
Warriors: Kevin Durant (knee, out)
The Warriors will suit up for their first game of the season without free agent acquisition, and undoubtedly top 10 player, Kevin Durant. Durant looks to be sidelined for at least four weeks with a left MCL sprain and tibia bone bruise. To shore up the position, the Warriors skipped signing their preferred player, point guard Jose Calderon, and signed free agent Matt Barnes. Barnes will be in the UC tonight but probably won't play since he has yet to practice. He probably wouldn't make much difference in tonight's outcome, in either case. The Warriors are currently the 1st seed and sit at 50-10.
The Bulls continue to tread water after the disappointing loss Tuesday night to Denver. Currently in the 7th seed, and sitting at 30-30, it doesn't seem like the Bulls can miss the playoffs at this point, no matter how many bad decisions GarPax and Hoiberg make. Which is disappointing for many of us, given the state of the team.
When these teams last played on February 8, the Warriors steamrolled the Butler and Wade-less Bulls 123-92. Tonight's game is likely to add another one to the Warriors win column, even with the two alphas back. Especially after that defensive collapse in the second half of the loss to the Nuggets.
And, since we're playing him tonight, here's a friendly reminder that Ron Adams wanted Draymond Green on the Bulls way back in 2012.