With the All-Star break officially in the rear view mirror, it’s time for teams to get back into the grind of the regular season. For the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets that means a Tuesday night matchup at the New Orleans Arena.
The All-Star break may prove to be a much-needed break for the Bulls. Before the festivities began in Houston, the Bulls were reeling in a big way. Joakim Noah started dealing with Plantar Fasciitis, Carlos Boozer dealt with a sore hamstring, Kirk Hinrich injured his elbow, Marco Belinelli injured his ankle, and the rest of the team was starting to feel the fatigue of 40+ minutes per game in a seven-man rotation. Chicago ended up dropping four of their last 5 games.
For the Hornets, the All-Start break was thoroughly unwelcome. Despite starting the season off slow with various injuries, most notably to Anthony Davis, the Hornets have started to click. New Orleans has won four of their past five games with two blowouts against the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trailblazers and have gone 14-12 after starting off the season 5-22.
Key Matchup: Greivis Vasquez vs Marco Belinelli/Nate Robinson
When these two teams met earlier this season, Vasquez did serious damage against the Bulls as he put up 18 points and 6 assists. I expect more of the same in this game and perhaps more as Anthony Davis will be playing this time around. Vasquez is in the middle of a career year as he is averaging 13.9 points and 9.4 assists per game. With Kirk Hinrich expected to miss yet another game, Belinelli and/or Robinson will likely be expected to slow him down; however, given their poor defensive capabilities, they may not be able to contain him.Tags: Anthony Davis, Carlos Boozer, Chicago, Chicago Bulls, Greivis Vasquez, Hornets, Joakim Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, NBA, New Orleans