The Chicago Bulls enter Wednesday night’s nationally televised matchup against one of the elite teams in the league, the San Antonio Spurs. Boasting the best record in the league at the moment at 47-14, the Spurs come in with one thing in common with the Bulls; both teams will be without their All-Star point guards. The Spurs recently lost Tony Parker to an injury that will keep him sidelined for approximately 4 weeks, while the Bulls continue to anxiously await the return of Derrick Rose, who has been upgraded to a day-to-day status.
The Bulls are coming in reeling from a tough loss to Indiana over the weekend and definitely could use a strong statement win to help boost the team’s confidence during this road trip. It also happens to be a chance for the Bulls to avenge one of the more embarrassing losses from last month when they lost to a Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, and Tony Parker-less Spurs at home by 14. Kawhi Leonard went off for a career high that night and the Bulls were seemingly out executed at every crucial point in the game.
The Bulls will again be without Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson, and Rip Hamilton in addition to Rose, and will need strong play from the supporting cast if they are to have any hopes of winning in the AT&T Center. The Spurs are 24-3 at home and have shown throughout the season that their supporting cast is more than capable of filling in for the starters, while the Bulls are a mere 5-11 with Nate Robinson at the helm.
The key matchup to watch for tonight will be Kawhi Leonard vs. Luol Deng. Deng allowed Leonard to out work him to a career high the last time these two teams met and you can bet that Thibodeau hasn’t let him or the team forget that fact. Deng especially has also been due for a big game since his recent slump and this could be a perfect opportunity to make a statement against one of the league’s best teams.
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