The Chicago Bulls continue preseason play Thursday night in Boulder, Colorado to take on the Denver Nuggets after opening preseason with a home victory Tuesday night.
The Nuggets also played an exhibition on Tuesday, beating the Dallas Mavericks 96-86, but it was their second preseason game unlike the Bulls. In their preseason opener, the Nuggets’ 23 turnovers proved costly, as they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 103-96. They did, however, win the rebounding battle, 57-39.
Turnovers were also a problem for the Nuggets against the Mavericks, but, yet again, they won the rebounding battle, 52-42.
The Bulls have been lauded for their rebounding abilities, especially with a frontcourt consisting of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah, so they should be fine in that department as long as they play to their strengths. What will hurt the Bulls, though, is their shooting.
In Tuesday’s win, the Bulls shot 33.3 percent. Yes, that’s an increase from the 28 percent they shot in the first quarter alone, but, if not for Jimmy Butler carrying them in the first half, the game very well could have gone in favor of the Bucks.
No official word has been given on who will be starting, but the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson reported Tuesday that head coach Fred Hoiberg said Doug McDermott would likely start at small forward against the Nuggets.
Derrick Rose and Mike Dunleavy are still recovering from their respective injuries, so they will be out. Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich also sat out the preseason opener. Gasol was said to only be sitting the first game of the season, though, and Hinrich participated in Tuesday’s shootaround session despite having a “minor toe issue.” Gibson, on the other hand, likely won’t play until the third or fourth preseason game per Johnson’s report.
Stay tuned for The Bulls Charge for further updates on the Bulls’ game at the Nuggets.
UPDATE: The Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson has reported that Hinrich will return after sitting in the Bulls’ preseason opener, but Gasol and Gibson will sit out again. Snell will remain in the starting lineup, and McDermott will come off the bench.
Hoiberg: "I really liked the rhythm of Doug coming off the bench. At some point, I'll give Doug a start."
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 8, 2015
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