GAME NIGHT FROM SAN FRANCISCO:
Bulls: (6-12, 3-5 on the road) at Golden State (3-15, 1-7 at home)
TV: JB Long and Stacey King 9:30 CT
RADIO: 670 The Score. Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington. 9:15 CT pre.
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 21ppg. Warriors: Paschall: 16ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 9 per. Warriors. Carley-Stein: 6
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 5 per. Warriors: Bowman: 2 per.
PREVIEW: The Bulls hit the road for three games in six days, starting tonight in San Francisco. You read correctly. San Francisco. NOT Oakland. The Warriors have moved to a splashy new arena but they're doing so without their glittering franchise players that enabled them to go to the Finals for the past several seasons. The fans in Oakland were incredible. Can the new building match its intensity?
Here's a CCI quiz and please DON'T Google. Who is Ky Bowman? Jordan Poole? Eric Paschall? Omari Spellman?
The Warriors are a beat-up ballclub and now find themselves extremely young and inexperienced. Not a good combo. Hence, Golden State posts the worst record in the NBA at 3-15. The Warriors do play hard but you must have solid, veteran front line players to win. Draymond Green has been sidelined with a heel injury. He's questionable for tonight. Newcomer D'Angelo Russell is out with a thumb injury. Steph Curry won't return until maybe, March. Klay Thompson ain't walking through the door. Nor is Kevin Durant or Andre Iguodala. The Warrior's goal is to develop young talent and find out who can and cannot play with an eye toward the 2020-21 season. This year is all about developing players. Pure and simple.
Golden State's injury list: Steph Curry- broken hand. Jacob Evans-left adductor strain. Kevon Looney - general neuropathy. D'Angelo Russell- right thumb sprain. Klay Thompson rehab ACL.
The Bulls are coming off a disappointing game against Portland. The Blazers' ability to get to the rim in the second half was the difference-maker; that and rebounding. Regardless of the Bulls' opponent, playing a full 48 minutes is a must. The Bulls have been inconsistent this season as its reflective in their three-point shooting. The Bulls have been able to get to the rim but not cash in. That must change.
Ryan Arcidiacono has a right elbow sprain but is listed as probable. Luke Kornet is questionable as he is getting in to shape after undergoing a sinus surgery. Otto Porter Jr. remains sidelined with a left foot injury.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Los Angeles Clippers 114, Dallas 99: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George combined for 54 points, 11-11 from the line. Luka Doncic scored 22 points but shot only 4 of 14 fgs and missed all eight-three point attempts. He did go 14-16 at the line, however. Dallas came in averaging 140 points over their last three games but LAC applied the defensive heat. It marked the first time the Mavs were held below 100 points. The Clippers have won six straight.
Denver 117, Washington 104: I loved the Jerami Grant pick up in the offseason by Denver and I like it even more in November. Grant scored 20 points as Denver has now won six straight and 10 of 11.
Always a pleasure.