Fast-Break Game Pieces Gameday

Fast-Break Preview: Chicago Bulls at Brooklyn Nets (Oct. 28)

Game 1: Chicago Bulls (1-0) versus Brooklyn Nets (0-0)


Location: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, New York
Time: 6:30 p.m. central
TV: WGN Chicago, YES Network TV


Quick Take

The Bulls are opening the regular season with a back-to-back, and this game is the latter end to the series. So not only will the Bulls not be fresh coming into the game against the Nets, but they’re also coming off a quick, late-night flight. This is especially important when considering the fact this game will be the Nets’ season opener. But that can favor the Bulls when considering they have already gotten a taste of basketball. It can go either way, though.


Match-up of the Game

Pau Gasol versus Brook Lopez
Gasol and Lopez are both seven-footers who have had the honor of being an All-Star, are more than capable of posting double-doubles and can score in the paint or from midrange. This matchup serves as a nice battle of big men, and it will be interesting to see how Gasol fares after his 1-for-7 performance on Tuesday night.


Looking Back

The Bulls are fresh off a 97-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night. Nikola Mirotic led with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds, but four other Bulls also scored in double figures: Jimmy Butler, E’Twaun Moore, Derrick Rose and Tony Snell.
Rose played 32 minutes and wasn’t afraid to be aggressive, but it was just the second game he has played in since he fractured his left orbital bone at the start of training camp — the first one was just the preseason finale, and he only played 10 minutes. Rose didn’t seem to have any problems with conditioning or seem to be too affected by still having double vision.

Kirk Hinrich didn’t play in Tuesday’s opener, though, so it’s possible he may see playing time Wednesday night to try and relieve more minutes off of Rose.


Who’s Out

Joakim Noah has not been ruled out as of yet, but he did bang knees with Richard Jefferson in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s win. Per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, this resulted in a right knee contusion, so it’s possible Noah could sit out.

UPDATE: Noah will try to play, but he isn’t confirmed to play yet.

Stay tuned to The Bulls Charge for further updates.


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