Game Night from Indianapolis: Bulls at Pacers. 6PM CT.
TV: NBCSC: Neil Funk and Stacey King: 6PM CT.
Radio: 670 The Score: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington and David Schuster. 5:45 CT pre.
The Bulls continue the pre season grind hitting the road with games Friday and Sunday. The Bulls starters played well in their loss to the Pelicans. The ball moved from side to side, the unselfishness was certainly there as the cohesion of developing chemistry continues.
I liked what I saw out of Luke Kornet against the Pelicans. He moves well off the ball and has a nice touch around the basket as well as his outside shooting game. Tomas Satoransky was solid at the point.
Look for Coach Boylen to continue to mix and match different combinations as the Bulls prepare for the NBA opener October 23 in Charlotte.
Thaddeus Young returns to Indiana where he spent the last three seasons. Young is respected by everyone in the NBA. His hard work, durability, performance and communication skills have earned the admiration of players, coaches and management alike.
"I'm very vocal. I talk to the coaches, front office, players, but also understand I'm not the only voice. All the guys voice their opinion and everyone listens. Each person has something to give to this team," Young said.
Thad slams one in
The Pacers went 2-0 against the Kings as the NBA took pre season hoops on the road to India. Newcomer T.J. Warren is off to a nice start averaging 18 points per game in pre season hoops. If he can only stay healthy.....Domantas Sabonis has arrived as a big time talent. Sabonis set career highs in points, rebounds and assists last season. He's an outstanding player.
Indiana was aggressive in the off season acquiring Malcolm Brogdon in a sign and trade transaction with Milwaukee; adding free agent guard Jeremy Lamb in the process as well. Victor Oladipo is out indefinitely with a right leg injury. Indiana won 48 games a season ago and easily could be a 3-5 seed in the Eastern Conference.
CCI 24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Congratulations to the Washington Mystics winning the WNBA Championship.
Golden State 143, Minnesota 123. Steph Curry is in mid season form. He threw in six- three point shots, poured in 40 points. T-Wolves rookie Jarrett Culver had a 17-6-3 line.
Denver 111, Los Angeles Clippers 91. The Nuggets are an after thought when people discuss the Western Conference, which quite frankly I don't understand. Malik Beasley had 16 points and 6 rebounds for Denver. Kawhi Leonard played 11 minutes and scored seven points, dishing out six assists.
Sacramento 105, Phoenix 88. The Kings' De'Aaron Fox (18 points- 6 assists) is going to have a great season.
Brooklyn 114, Los Angeles Lakers 111. Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 20.
Oklahoma City 110, New Zealand Breakers 84. Steven Adams with 19-10.
Portland 104, Maccabi Haifa 68. Anfernee Simons: 22-5-3 for the Blazers. Never heard of him? You will. This second year player can flat out play.
Always a pleasure.