Who: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Chicago Bulls
Where: United Center in Chicago, IL
When: 7:00PM CT
How to Listen: 92.9 ESPN, ESPN Radio
How to Watch: ESPN, WatchESPN
More on the Bulls: Blog a Bull
Recently for Chicago
The Bulls have won 3 straight since losing 3 straight to start the month. Jimmy Butler is doing Jimmy Butler things. Derrick Rose is sometimes doing some Derrick Rose things. Pau Gasol is averaging 15/10 and is probably playing better than his little brother right now. The Bulls most recently shellacked the 76ers, holding them to 12 points in the 3rd quarter? Does that sound familiar? Yes, it does.
Recently for Memphis
We're a mixed bag of terror, disappointment and sobering reality. We're known as the "We Don't Bluff City" according to Zach Randolph (who still doesn't bluff), but the team as a whole will sometimes bluff its way to enormous losses. Jeff Green has recently found some solid footing on offense. Matt Barnes is looking more like a Grizzly every game. Point guard play has been lackluster, but Marc Gasol has been trying his best to balance that out. Encouraging stat: Memphis is 4-2 in their last 6 road games. #ComeTogether
- Conley/Lee guarding Rose/Butler. I'm not feeling great on this one. The Grizzlies (expected) starting perimeter duo gives up a lot of size to Rose and Butler, something to the tune of 4 inches and 35 lbs combined. It makes me wonder if Joerger will do something with the starting lineup once again, i.e., switch out Tony Allen for Lee. Sidenot: Zach Randolph guarding Joakim Noah off the bench should be fun.
- You'll recognize this one. The Bulls have a lot of 3-point shooters. They've got 3 guys shooting over 40% from long range, and EVERYONE not named Derrick Rose on their roster shoots 30% or higher. FFS Pau Gasol went 3/3 from beyond the arc a week ago. The Grizzlies don't have any regular 3P shooters over 35%. Yay.
- Living at the Line. The Memphis Grizzlies are currently the best free throwing shooting team in the NBA (82.6%), and their ranked 7th in FTA per game. The Grizzlies defense might not be as physical as years past, but Memphis isn't afraid of contact on the other end. A big part of that has been Mario Chalmers who is averaging 5 free throws a game this month.