The Bulls didn’t exactly take the world by storm last night in their nationally televised loss to the Miami Heat. Tonight, they have a good chance to get back on track. They play the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte at 6 p.m. EST.
Fortunately for Chicago, the Bobcats are no Miami Heat, but this isn’t last year’s seven win Bobcats either. Their 14-31 coming off a loss to the Pistons. They have some talented young players eager to prove themselves, and the Bulls will have to avoid a “schedule loss.” Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, flying into Charlotte late at night and playing a below .500 team in between playing both of last year’s conference champions. On paper, the Bulls should win, but maintaining the focus it takes to win in the NBA on a nightly basis will be the challenge.
Kemba Walker leads Charlotte in scoring and assists averaging 17 PPG and 5 dimes. It’s not certain who will be matching up with Walker. Kirk Hinrich missed last night’s loss to the Heat with an elbow injury, which kept him out of games before the all-star break. If Hinrich is out, Nate Robinson will get the start and be backed up by Marquis Teague. The Bulls average eight more points per game with Hinrich playing due to his ability to keep the offense going smoothly.
Luol Deng, who averages a team-high 15 PPG, only scored six last night. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact some guy named LeBron was guarding him, but who really knows. What we do know is Deng will have to get back on track if Chicago, who is already limited on offense, wants to win.
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