7 p.m., WGN
As usual, the Chicago Bulls injury report reads like a Stephen King horror novel. K.C. Johnson hilariously summed it up.
Bobby Portis is riding a stationary bike. Lauri Markkanen is sitting on a trainers table. Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine are sitting on folding chairs. This has been your injured Bulls update.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 28, 2018
For the Warriors, Shaun Livingston is doubtful for tonight. Not that this moves the needle much considering all the other bullets the Warriors can shoot at you.
Even if this was a TNT home game on a Thursday night, that wouldn’t save the Bulls.
Sprinkle as much Thibs dust as you can smuggle from Minnesota on Ryan Arcidiacono and that won’t save the Bulls. Summon prime Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, and Nate Robinson out of retirement while poaching Jimmy Butler (minus the ego) from Minnesota and that won’t save the Bulls.
Have the Bulls players switch uniforms with the Warriors players and the guys wearing the Bulls uniforms would probably still find a way to lose. That’s how unlikely we get a Bulls victory tonight.
If the Bulls keep this game within 20, that’d be a moral victory. The Warriors are only 11.5-point favorites and oh my God, bet the trust fund on the over.
But hold up a second. The Bulls are 1-3 against the Warriors since Kevin Durant migrated to Golden State. Two of the losses were blowouts (49 points and 31 points), but the other one was only by seven. Plus, the Bulls did beat the Warriors in that two-year stretch, granted Durant didn’t play and it was a Thursday night, TNT home game.
Warriors' third road game in four nights and the starters played big minutes in Brooklyn last night. The Bulls are definitely going to lose, but I'm hoping the Warriors are tired and the game at least isn't a total embarrassment.— Stephen Noh (@StephNoh) October 29, 2018
Plus, the Bulls are coming off one of those vaunted Fred Hoiberg practices. Yesterday, he called a practice even though it was a day after a back-to-back. This is rare, but Hoiberg insisted it wasn’t in response to the upcoming showdown tonight against the Warriors.
So maybe the Bulls will win. Actually probably not. But maybe. Arcidiacono is playing well. But the Warriors have Durant, Stephen Curry, and friends. But the Bulls find crap ways to beat good teams. But they’re bad anyway and maybe secretly tanking? for a top three pick....
Yeah, don’t overthink this one. Warriors by 25+ tonight at the United Center.