Going to Chi-town
My plan was to blog something once I got to Chicago, you know, maybe give you a feeling for how crazy the place is over the Bears right now by counting all of the Dick Butkus and Walter Payton jerseys on the street but my plane is delayed and I'm still sitting in National airport.
As for tonight's game, I'm curious to see how Gilbert Arenas performs. 1. He has great memories of playing in Chicago dating back to the night he hit "the shot" to win that playoff game two years ago and 2. Kirk Hinrich was kept on Team USA over him this summer and we all know how Gilbert can be about slights. I have a feeling that he's going to bring it hard, preseason game or not.
While the Wizards are breaking in a new starter, DeShawn Stevenson, and trying to iron out a playing rotation minus Darius Songaila, the Bulls are also in the process of figuring some things out. According one of my fellow hoop scribes, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, Hinirch, Ben Wallace and Ben Gordon are locked in as starters and P.J. Brown is the logical starter at PF. That leaves one starting spot open and the two guys going for it are Luol Deng and Andres Nocioni. Deng will start tonight because he's played the best in camp so far according to coach Scott Skiles.
The Bulls appear to be a nasty defensive team on paper but my question is this: who is going to score? Hinrich is a decent shooter but he's more of a distributor than a scorer. Nocioni is solid. Deng can score but he gets his in transition and off of drives. Ben Gordon is an outside shooter. Brown and Wallace are good rebounders and tough defensively but aren't you essentially playing 3 against 5 at the offensive end when they are in the game together? The Bulls had better be good defensively because there could be a lot of low scoring, cold shooting nights when you are that reliant on your guards and wings to carry the scoring load.
A few of the Bulls address the scoring issue in Paul Ladewski's article in today's Daily Southtown. http://www.dailysouthtown.com/sports/91878,1SD4-11.article
I have a funny feeling that the Wizards and Bulls will be duking it out for playoff positioning come April so it will be interesting to see how quickly the two teams start the regular season. I would give the Wizards an edge right now simply becuse they return their core players from a year ago while the Bulls are breaking in seven new players. As the Wiz learned last season, it takes time to blend a bunch of new players into the mix and in some cases (Chucky Atkins) a new player or two simply won't fit.
I'll check back later once I get to Chicago, down a polish sausage or two and get set up at the arena.
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