So this is surprising, and weird!
Surprisingly, some @pacers have been thinking about their preseason loss to Chicago. Darren Collison told me, "They had a little swagger when they were beating us, some guys were talking, we have a lasting memory about what happened”— Jeremiah Johnson (@JJFSINDIANA) November 2, 2018
I recognize that it’s lame as hell to get motivation from stuff like this, but also leave it to the Chicago #EntitledWithUs crew to piss off an opponent during preseason, heh.
That game was the first after Jabari Parker was benched, the threes were hitting and Victor Oladipo was terrible. Plus it looks like Bobby Portis had a big night so that was probably the genesis of any nonsense.
Portis is injured, as are still the three other rotational Bulls who’ve been out for a while. And Jabari Parker is back as the starting power forward, keeping up with that change from last game.
Jabari Parker will start at the 4 again tonight for the Bulls. Hoiberg said matching Parker up against Pacers’ Thaddeus Young made the most sense.— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) November 2, 2018
The other frontcourt matchup is very interesting, with young defensive stalwart-in-training Wendell Carter Jr. taking on Indiana’s 2 center rotation of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis. The latter came off the bench to go a perfect 12-12 for 30 points two night ago in New York, so we may see similar poundage when the Bulls are forced to go to their reserve (reserve-reserve) frontcourt options when Carter sits.
And as the Bulls have a built-in excuse of injuries when it comes to results-oriented thinking like ‘do you win basketball games?’, we have to instead look at nebulous ‘effort’. They subjectively looked a lot better in that department against the Nuggets than against the Warriors, though tough to say if it was just the opponent or their own misses making the ‘effort’ look worse in the bad game. All we can do is watch out for it, I guess, and see if lazy transition defense is afoot.
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