Game Preview #2: San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls - Here we go again

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Because you can never have too much firepower.

What a night, eh? Hopefully it will be the first one of many to come. Fittingly enough, we play our first back to back tonight against the upstart Bulls. Let's see how the new Spurs react to SEGABABAs now, shall we?

A collective preview, after the jump:

Get Pumped

Literally. (NSFW? Don't ban me.)


Preview

Disclaimer: The positional matchups below are based on who is the primary option, not who starts.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Chicago Bulls
Where: United Center - Chicago, IL
When: October 29, 2009, 7:00 PM Spurs time
Watch: TNT


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Details/Stats
1-0 Home 0-0
0-0 Road 0-0
113.0 Offense 0.0
96.0 Defense 0.0
.523 FG% 0
.375 3-pt% 0
.7 FT% 0
52 Rebounds 0
10 TOs 0
1-0 Last 10 0-0
W 1 Streak N/A
Location/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 9:00 PM
Best Coast(Pacific)
5:00 PM
Philippines 8:00 AM
Central Europe 2:00 AM
Palestine/Egypt 2:00 AM
Least Coast(Eastern) 8:00PM
SiMA's Bomb Shelter
6:00 PM
Perth Australia 8:00 AM
Tokyo 9:00 AM
Sydney, Australia 11:00 AM

Spurs
(1-0)
Matchups

Bulls
(0-0)

Tony Parker
Right now

Point Guard

Last year's rookie of the year is the Bulls' best player, and a top 7 PG in this league. Unfortunately for him, he's going up against a top 3 PG in Tony. Frenchie needs to bring it tonight, because we all know Rose will. Also, Hill is going to destroy Pargo.

Advantage: Spurs


Derrick Rose
Soon

Manu Ginobili
Oh mama

Shooting Guard

Mike Finley probably gets the start again, but we all saw what Manu did last night. He looked like Manu, and it was beautiful. Mason will probably see some minutes here as well. For the Bulls, Salmons is a very good player, but he's no Manu.

Advantage: Spurs


John Salmons
Who needs Gordon?

Richard Jefferson
Princess Rage

Small Forward

RJ had a terrible shooting night last night, but still managed to have a very positive impact on the team. Tonight, I think he'll have a much better night, and we'll need his defense against Deng, who isn't exactly chopped liver.

Advantage: Spurs


Luol Deng
Yawn 2.0

Antonio McDyess
Savvy

Power Forward

Tyrus is (as every year) an incredibly a promising young PF, but the tandem of McDyess and The Beast are going to destroy him.

Advantage: Spurs


Tyrus Thomas
Potential

Tim Duncan
Savvy quota

Center

I like Noah, I really do. He's a great energy guy, and is very effective on defense. But, Tim Duncan is still one of the the greatest big men of all time. And Bonner has an opportunity to get good looks, too.

Advantage: Spurs


Joakim Noah
Best hair

Dejuan Blair
Double-Double

Bench & Role Players

DeJuan, George Hill, Roger Mason, Matt Bonner, and Michael Finley are all guys that can easily put up double figures, as they showed last night. Courtesy of Hipuks, we shall henceforth refer to the bench as BAM, for Bad Ass M11s. Chicago has... Hinrich, Brad Miller, Jannero Pargo, and... wait, who else is there?

Advantage: Spurs


Kirk Hinrich
Captain Bench

Gregg Popovich
Beardless Sage

Coach

Pop vs. Vinny? Let me think about that one... yeah, Vinny sucks. However, he should've been included in that poll for best hair. Head & shoulders, me thinks.

Advantage: Spurs


Vinny Del Negro
Teenager
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

This is the Bulls' first game - that's right, they're one of two teams that didn't play any games in the last 2 days. Their home crowd is going to be pumped. Advantage: Bulls

Mojo

Anyone see that game last night? We have to be feeling the mojo on our side after that performance. Advantage: Spurs

Winner

Let's build on the momentum of last night's win. The BAM brigade is going to run amok in this game, with predictable results. Spurs by double-digits.


Keys To The Game

  • Outside Defense - Perimeter defense is going to be a big key to this game, since Rose and Salmons are one heck of a one-two punch. If we can frustrate those two on the defensive end, things will go our way early.
  • Ball Movement - Last night the Spurs had 29 assists on 45 shots. That is phenomenal, and it needs to continue. With the number of weapons in the Spurs' arsenal, great teamwork like that will do terrible things to the psyche of the enemy.
  • Bench Play - Our bench has to continue to completely dismantle opponents like they did last night.

Last Time They Met

It was in January 17 this year, when the Spurs beat the Bulls 92-87. Looking at the boxscore you can see everything that was wrong with our team last season: our Big Three scoring the majority of our points and the win hinging on the performances of one-dimensional shooters like Finley and Matty. I think we're past that.

No highlights were found for this game. We are ashamed.

Some Other Reading

Bulls

Blog a Bull - Here you can find SBNation's Bulls blog, with lots of good information and plenty of traffic. Head over there on gameday and there should be a nice preview.
By The Horns - The True Hoop Network's Chicago affiliate. Seems like one of the better THN blogs at first glance.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: As always, 48MoH is required reading. Graydon wrote a nice recap of last night's game over there, and they always have great content about the Spurs.
Project Spurs: These guys have stepped up their game, and had a live chat during the game last night, much like 48MoH did. Check out the podcasts, those are pretty cool.

Spurs on Twitter

manuginobili
Thank y'all 18k fans for the warm welcome back. It was amazing! I missed it so much! Now heading to Chicago ///... http://bit.ly/1GRmrK

DeJuan45
Thanks for all the love tonight!!! thanks to all the fans that showed love and support tonight! we are on our way to Chicago...

Da_Finster (on Oct 27)
Thought of the day: Its ok to dream big, but always work hard and honest to increase your chances of making your dream more of a reality.

The Magic That Happened

Hey this is basketball right? I mean where’s the guys with the designs carved in their heads?
by olf
Wayne has a pretty bad ass circular design carved in his head.
by Hipuks

We may get beat by a few teams in the starting unit. But the second wave will overwhelm the opposition. Destruction comes in waves – The Texan Tsunami.
'DSilverlining

Playoff Duncan and Regular Season Duncan are two different beasts. Playoff Duncan is a beast Blair can’t even comprehend yet.
BlaseE

Some Other Viewing

Spurs vs. Hornets, Game Highlights

Other things of possible interest

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired nationwide on TNT. Hell-to-the-yeah!

Online

No League Pass for this game, since it's nationally televised. However, the ILP guys have it.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to dmenendez@gmail.com for more assistance.

Spurs League Pass audio is still free this year and worked last night, so check it out.

Radio

If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).

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