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Fast-Break Preview: Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns (Nov. 18)

Game 11: Chicago Bulls (7-3) at Phoenix Suns (6-4)

 

Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix
Time: 9:30 p.m. central
TV: WGN Chicago, Fox Sports Arizona, ESPN

 

Quick Take

The Bulls begin their annual circus trip Wednesday night when they take on the Phoenix Suns for the first time this season.
 
With the Suns averaging 105.8 points per game, the Bulls will really need to tighten up their defense. They’re only giving up 99.0 points to their opponents so far through 10 games, so the Bulls can be in a good position to win as long as they continue at that pace.

 

Matchup of the Game

Jimmy Butler versus Eric Bledsoe
Butler and Bledsoe are both the leading scorers and starting shooting guards of their respective teams, but Butler should come away as the more dominant player in this scenario.
 
At 6-foot-1, Bledsoe is half a foot shorter than Butler, so this could be an opportunity where Butler does more work in the paint and on the post.

 

Looking Back

The Bulls defeated the Indiana Pacers Monday. It didn’t come easy once crunch time came around, but it very well could have.
 
The Bulls held a 15-point lead in the third quarter before heading into the final period with just a four-point lead. And, to make matters worse, Derrick Rose sprained his left ankle while driving along the baseline in the fourth quarter, so he had to sit out the last couple of minutes.
 
Despite that, the Bulls managed to pull off a 96-95 win with Jimmy Butler blocking Paul George’s game-winning shot attempt.
 
The Suns are also coming off a win on Monday night, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 120-101. They scored a whopping 40 points in the fourth quarter to seal their win against the Lakers. Brandon Knight also posted a triple-double of 30 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists in the Suns’ victory.

 

Who’s Out

Rose, who sprained in left ankle in Monday’s win over the Pacers, has not been ruled out for Wednesday night’s matchup against the Suns, but is listed as questionable according to the Bulls’ injury report.
 
Stay tuned to The Bulls Charge for further updates.
 
UPDATE: Per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, head coach Fred Hoiberg said Rose “is extremely doubtful” and did not participate in shootaround.

 

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.

 




Ashley Wijangco
Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.   Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided's Bulls site, Pippen Ain't Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich's biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.   Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school's yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.
http://ashleywijangco.com

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