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Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors: Game Preview, injury report, and open thread

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Game 3

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Chicago Bulls (1-1) vs. Toronto Raptors (1-1)

7:00 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago

Injury Report:

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Patrick McCaw are both listed as day-to-day with groin and knee injuries respectively.

Preview:

Okay, so the Bulls aren’t going 0-82. Thank goodness because through six quarters of basketball, it was getting a little bit dicey there for awhile to be honest.

On the backs of Coby White and Zach LaVine, the Bulls took care of the Memphis Grizzlies to bank their first win of the 2019-2020 season. Tonight, the competition ticks up a bunch of notches after the Bulls began the season with matchups against two of the five worst teams in the entire league.

Toronto isn’t what they were last year when they stunned the NBA universe with their run to the championship. Kawhi Leonard was a huge part of what they did obviously and he has since moved on to a warmer locale called Los Angeles.

However, besides Leonard (noted that it can’t be understated how much that dude meant to this team last year) the Raptors are sporting a fairly similar lineup.

Pascal Siakam is the best player in the league that nobody is talking about. Kyle Lowry has made five All-Star teams in a row. Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are a very underrated frontcourt tandem. When the Bulls played the Raptors in the preseason, none of these guys were playing. So literally extract nothing from that game.

Coby White is the best rookie in the NBA right now. Rookies aren’t supposed to shoot the ball this efficiently (55 percent from the field) or make this few mistakes offensively (one turnover).

With Zion Williamson fighting injuries, the Rookie of the Year door is propped a little bit more open. White is second among rookies in points per game, seventh in rebounds, and second in assists.

Maybe it’s me clinging at nostalgia, but he has a little bit of Derrick Rose in his game in terms of the quickness and fancy finishes around the basket. Maybe not so ironic that White’s game has similarities to a dude who won the Rookie of the Year during the 2008-2009 season with the same team. Will history repeat itself?

Speaking of Derrick Rose, how cool is his professional basketball redemption story? 22.5 points per game on 63 percent shooting from the field in this young season. The burst is back.

Random Stat/Fact

A fun (useless?) game of where are the 2010-2011 Chicago Bulls now. Started talking about Derrick Rose and now I have nostalgia.

  • Omer Asik: No longer in the league because of a career-ending injuries/illness (arthritis also had Crohn’s disease). Hope he’s doing well.
  • Keith Bogans: Assistant coach for the Westchester Knicks of the G League.
  • Carlos Boozer: Needs to bring back the HoldAt podcast with Nate Robinson immediately. He will be an analyst for the ACC network this year.
  • Ronnie Brewer: Based on his IG, it looks like he is coaching some AAU.
  • Rasual Butler: Died in a car crash in January 2018. RIP.
  • Luol Deng: The Bulls did him right and let him retire as a member of their organization last week.
  • Taj Gibson: Plays for the Knicks
  • James Johnson: He’s on the Miami Heat this season but hasn’t played a game yet due to what bbalreference.com calls “conditioning.”
  • Kyle Korver: At age 95, Korver still plays for the Milwaukee Bucks this season.
  • John Lucas III: He’s a player development coach per his IG.
  • Joakim Noah: Never change buddy.
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  • Derrick Rose: We talked about him. He plays for the Detroit Pistons and is doing well.
  • Brian Scalabrine: Television analyst for the Boston Celtics.
  • Kurt Thomas: Kind of off the grid but looks like he is dealing in commercial real estate based on one thing I found.
  • C.J. Watson: His IG says he is an entrepreneur and that he runs a foundation.

Quote:

Coby White isn’t taking crap from any reporters.

Tweet You Need To See:

No surprise Stephen Noh coming through with the #content.