Game Preview #43: Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs - PtR Gets Together

So tonight is the big PtR meet-up, with LatinD actually being in the house all the way from Argentina with his supposedly terrible spoken English(which is actually pretty good, compared to the cast of Jersey Shore). And all who attend will bear witness to Wayne's shiny bald dome. To those of you who will be at the game, have fun. From those of us who will be riding the bus to work in Phoenix today, we really wish we could also attend, but there'll be another time. For everyone else, just hope for a Spurs win.

For those of you who are in or near San Antonio, LatinD and Wayne will be at Rosario's on S Alamo St at 3:00pm today - meet up there, and head to the game later. Hell, you should meet up there even if you're not going to the game.

First, something that has nothing to do with anything... OK fine, when we're talking about "bulls" and "spurs", maybe it isn't too weird for the term "vaquero" (cowboy) to come to mind. Plus, I love this band... enjoy.

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Chicago Bulls @ San Antonio Spurs
Where: AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
When: January 25, 2010, 7:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: FSNSW (SA), Comcast Sports (Chicago)

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How They Stack Up
17-8 Home 14-7
8-9 Road 6-15
101.1
Offense 95.2
96.1 Defense 98.1
48.0 FG% 44.0
38.2
3-pt% 34.8
73.7
FT% 75.4
42.4
Rebounds 45.4
13.5
TOs 14.8
5-5 Last 10 6-4
Lost 2
Streak Won 2
2nd, Southwest Position 2nd, Central

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 10:30 PM
Rainy Land
5:30 PM
Philippines 9:30 AM
Central Europe 2:30 AM
Palestine/Egypt 3:30 AM
East Coast 8:30 PM
Sun and Snow
6:30 PM
Perth, AUS 9:30 AM
Tokyo, JP 10:30 AM
Sydney, AUS 11:30 AM

Spurs
(25-17)
Matchups

Bulls
(20-22)

Tony Parker
Needs Rest

Point Guard

Tony is definitely hurting, but he wasn't the reason we lost the best game. In fact, he was even playing better defense than most of his teammates, which is rather unusual for Tony. Last year's ROY needs better teammates, and the Bulls FO might just help him out with that this summer.

Advantage: Tied


Derrick Rose
Needs Teammates

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Manu Ginobili
The Sickness

Shooting Guard

These players have some similarities, mostly in the fact that they are both absolute pests on defense. But Manu's definitely the more creative player on offense, giving him the edge.

Advantage: Spurs


Kirk Hinrich
Low-rent Manu

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Richard Jefferson
Hasn't been working

Small Forward

Not much explanation needed here. Deng has been consistently good this season. RJ? Not so much. I've defended him up until recently - it's time to come through for your new team, Rage.

Advantage: Bulls


Luol Deng
Works for them

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Tim Duncan
Over 20,000 points

Power Forward

Gibson is the only rookie big men who has looked as good as Blair, and absolutely deserves to be the Beast's frontcourt partner in the rookie game. Being a rookie, there was no photo available on Yahoo, so it's from ESPN. Timmeh is still better than anyone the Bulls can throw at him.

Advantage: Spurs


Taj Gibson
Blair's rookie game running mate

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DeJuan Blair
The Beast

Center

I love Noah's game - he's the consummate hustle player, and is second the league in rebounding. In fact, even his rebound rate is better than DeJuan's, if only just barely, and the same thing applies to his defense. Blair's a little better at scoring, however, which makes this pretty much a tossup.

Advantage: Tied


Joakim Noah
Rebounding Machine

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George Hill
Now starting

Bench & Role Players

Chicago's bench is pretty decent, but they're definitely not the BAM. Dice needs to bring it tonight, especially if he's matched up with Miller.

Advantage: Spurs


Brad Miller
Still pretty good

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Gregg Popovich
Bring back the Beard

Coach

This one shouldn't need explanation. I love Vinny from his days as a Spur, but even the less-than-perfect job Pop is doing this season is much better than Vinny's coaching.

Advantage: Spurs


Vinny Del Negro
Still has a job
images via yahoo.com

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Other Factors

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Intangibles

The Spurs are at home, which doesn't mean shit lately.

Advantage: Nobody

Mojo

Guess what team the Bulls just beat on the road? The same one we lost to at home in our last game - Houston. However, LatinD will be in the house, along with many other PtRer's

Advantage: Spurs

Winner:

PtR is in the house - if that isn't enough mojo, nothing is.

Key To The Game

  • Protect the Paint - Houston had a bazillion points in the paint against us, and Chicago killed us on the boards last time we played them. To say that the Spurs need to protect the paint better is the understatement of the year.

Strength of Schedule

This is the third game of the homestand, after two days of rest. This is the easiest opponent of the homestand, with Atlanta coming to the AT&T center on Wednesday. After the next 3 games, the rodeo road trip begins.

The Bulls beat Houston on Saturday, and are in the midst of their annual Circus road trip, their equivalent of the rodeo trip.

Last Time They Met

The Spurs and Bulls last played on October 28th, when the Spurs lost 92-85 in Chicago's home opener, despite an absolutely dominant performance from Timmy.

Some Other Reading

Bulls

Blog a Bull - One of the first SBN hoops blogs, where you can find some great participation and stories.

Spurs

48 Minutes of Hell: Best damn TrueHoop affiliate out there. Always a must visit Spurs site.
Project Spurs: Features live chats, call-in shows and podcasts (in Spanish too), with lots of content.

Where to Tune In

TV

This game will be aired by FSNSW in San Antonio and by Comcast Sports in Chicago. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.

Online

As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Most Spurs games will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

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". Or you can shoot an email asking for more assistance(with your PtR username) to poundingtherockmail@yahoo.com, and one of the admins can help you out.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, 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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