Bobcats Gameday

Monday: Charlotte Bobcats at Chicago Bulls

November 17, 2013 

Bobcats at Bulls

8 p.m., United Center

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats Bulls
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker15.33.9G, D. Rose15.42.9
G, G. Henderson13.24.9G, J. Butler10.94.8
F, M. Kidd-Gilchrist11.55.9F, L. Deng16.46.3
F, J. McRoberts9.14.6F, C. Boozer16.98.0
C, B. Biyombo3.77.9C, J. Noah8.59.1

Matchup to Watch

Joakim Noah vs. Bismack Biyombo: Probably not the most consequential matchup in this game, but it’s interesting in that if Biyombo ever comes close to justifying how highly he was drafted, he needs to affect the game with the frenetic energy Noah delivers at both ends of the court. (This assumes Al Jefferson misses another game).

Observations

It’s amusing the extent of the backlash Bulls point guard Derrick Rose gets for sitting out all last season with an ACL. As if anyone knows what he was feeling about his recovery.

Getting Rose back is big, not just in what he delivers, but in the flexibility it provides. Kirk Hinrich can play either guard spot, so he’s a versatile option off the bench.

Bobcats first-year coach Steve Clifford and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau are close friends. They worked together on Jeff Van Gundy’s staff at Houston.

The Bobcats had Sunday off from practice, which only made sense after such a rigorous week of games and travel. Clifford believes in the Van Gundy philosophy: If your players are too tired to practice intensely, then a day off is more productive than a work day.

Tap-ins

The Bulls slapped around the previously undefeated Indiana Pacers on Saturday, leading by as much as 33 points.

This is the Bulls’ last home game before their first West Coast trip of the season.

The Bulls signed former Duke star Mike Dunleavy this offseason.

Did you know?

There’s a TV expression called “crow’s feet” for a game that, for circumstantial reasons, has no chance to draw ratings. The Carolina Panthers play the New England Patriots on Monday night. Crow’s feet.

Rick Bonnell

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