When: 8:00 PM EST, October 19th
Where: United Center, Chicago, IL
Broadcast Information: NBA TV
The Chicago Bulls (3 - 2) are looking to make it four preseason wins in a row as the Hornets travel to Chicago. The Bulls last played Thursday night in a thriller against the Atlanta Hawks. Jimmy Butler, who is leading the Bulls in preseason scoring with 18.6 per game, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 21 point comeback.
On the other end, the Charlotte Hornets are coming off a good win against the Washington Wizards. Although the Hornets trailed at half time by nine points, a strong second half (especially by the Hornets' second unit) lead to a bounce back victory.
This is the second time this preseason that coach Steve Clifford will face one of his mentors, having previously faced Stan Van Gundy and now facing the Bull's Tom Thibodeau. Last year, Clifford went 1-3 against the Bulls and lost to Van Gundy's Detroit Pistons last week, so it seems the student may have an issue playing against members of his inner coaching circle.
- Derrick Rose is back, but is only averaging 18 minutes per game in five contests so far this preseason. Having just dealt with a heavy dose of John Wall, the hobbled Kemba Walker should have his hands full again today, even if it is only for limited minutes.
- Other than an overtime loss to Detroit, the Chicago Bulls defense has been per the normal so far this preseason. Five games, four opponents held to 90 points or less. This could be an old-school style, snail's pace type game.
- Lance Stephenson missed Friday's game against the Wizards and Gary Neal had a rough time filling in at shooting guard. As of this writing, there is no new information on Stephenson's availability. If he's out again, Neal has to do better than 2 for 12 from the field with six turnovers.