GAME NIGHT FROM MEMPHIS
Bulls (0-1) at Memphis (0-1) 7PM
TV: NBCSC: Neil Funk and Stacey King 7PM
RADIO: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, David Schuster 6:45PM
The Bulls look to head back to Chicago with a win after a disappointing loss at Charlotte. The Bulls played better in the second half but struggled offensively at crunch time. The Bulls aim to improve on their transition defense and slowing the gaps on wing shooters as well. Charlotte hit a plethora of open three point field goals as they set a franchise record with 23 on the night.
Lauri Markkanen was fabulous with strong post ups and expect more of the same tonight. Look for Zach LaVine and Otto Porter Jr. to step up against the Grizzlies. Last season, Porter scored 37 points against them, the highest single game scoring total ever by a Bulls player against Memphis.
Coby White was solid in his NBA debut with 17 points, seven assists and only one turnover in 27 minutes. The infusion of so many good, young players entering in the NBA is healthy for the league and basketball fans. Their journey is fun to watch.
Now let's discuss Memphis.(For transparency, my son TC, is the Head Video Coordinator of the Grizzlies)
A new coach, new system and a core of young players make up the 2019-20 Memphis team. 35 year old Taylor Jenkins is the new man on the Memphis bench coming over from the Bucks as he assisted Mike Budenholzer. He's preaching unselfishness, pace and space and of of course defense. The days of the "Grind House" are over.
Second year big man Jaren Jackson creates matchup problems for opponents and has a ton of skill. He can post up and drain long range jumpers. Ja Morant, the second overall pick is an electrifying point guard. He has an outstanding feel for the game. Brandon Clarke is an extremely athletic 6-8 forward out of Gonzaga.
Here's an interesting stat I found on the web on Memphis: The Grizzlies are the only team in the NBA without a player born in the 1980s on their active roster.
All 13 of the active Grizzlies were born in the 1990s. Jae Crowder (born July 6, 1990) is the oldest.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Los Angeles Clippers 141, Golden State 122: Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points in 21 minutes. The Clippers are loaded. The Warriors incredible five year run is over. The loss spoiled the opening of the new Chase Center in San Francisco.
Milwaukee 117, Houston 111: Giannis Antetokounmpo ruined the debut of Russell Westbrook in a Rockets uniform. Giannis had a 30-13-11 game becoming the second player in NBA history with a 30 point triple double in a season opener. James Harden went 2-13 from the floor including 1-8 from three point range. He did make all 14 of his free throws attempts. Westbrook finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists.
Atlanta 117, Detroit 100: Trae Young scored 38 points, the most by a Hawks player in a season opener since 1986. Young also grabbed seven rebounds and dished out nine assists.
Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns has been suspended without pay for twenty-five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.
The Kings announced Marvin Bagley III will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a displaced fracture of the right thumb. He suffered the injury in Wednesday's loss to the Suns.
Cleveland's Cedi Osman signed a 4 year 31 million dollar extension.
Always a pleasure.