Chicago Bulls (6-12) at Golden State Warriors (3-15)
NBC Sports Chicago; 9:30 PM
Otto Porter still out. Ryan Arcidiacono valiantly didn’t practice but is expected to play because heart. -yfbb
For the Warriors, their major injuries are obvious. Draymond Green has been upgraded to a game-time decision though.
Barely five months removed from their fifth straight NBA Finals appearance, the Golden State Warrior’s fall from grace has been nothing short of stunning.
Going into this season, we knew that Kevin Durant jumped ship in free agency. We knew Klay Thompson tore his ACL in the NBA Finals and likely wouldn’t play this upcoming season. But, there’s still Stephen Curry and Draymond Green and all the other pieces that made this team great.
But then Curry broke his hand and optimistically won’t be back until February. Green has been battling a heel injury and in the 10 games he has played he has been good but not good enough to carry this wounded Golden State team on his broad shoulders. De’Angelo Russell sprained his thumb and will be re-evaluated in two weeks retroactive to Nov. 16.
With their four best players battling injuries, the Warriors face the harsh reality that they don’t have much of a supporting cast beyond those big four. The 23-year-old rookie Eric Paschall has been a pleasant surprise, but beyond that a lot of poor play has contributed to an NBA worst 3-15 record.
Given the crazy success of the last five seasons and the injury misfortune this season, nobody in the Warriors front office or on their coaching staff is probably in danger of being let go.
The Bulls have not had nearly as much success, but have been stubbornly resistant to meaningful changes in leadership. Is this the year they finally decide to give somebody else an opportunity to run the team? Maybe losing this game would do it?
Through 18 games, the Golden State Warriors have 15 losses.
In three of the last five seasons, the Warriors finished the entire season with 15 or less losses.
Per Bulls.com from Boylen after the loss to the Trail Blazers on Monday night.
I thought it took our spirit and we have to fight through those moments. I don’t think we’re not trying. I know we care. Sometimes our disappointment hurts our ability to make a run; that’s what we have to fix.
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