Chuck's Daily Check In - 10.28.19
Chuck Previews Tonight's Road Game vs. The Knicks
GAME NIGHT FROM NEW YORK CITY
Bulls (1-2, 1-1 on the road) at Knicks (0-3, 0-1 at home)
TV: NBCSC: Neil Funk and Stacey King 6PM CT.
RADIO: 670 The Score Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington and David Schuster 5:45 CT.
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 21 ppg. Knicks: Barrett: 21 ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Markkanen: 11 per. Knicks: Randle 10 per.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: LaVine: 5 per game. Knicks: Payton: 5 per game.
PREVIEW: The Bulls and Knicks are coming off blowout losses to Toronto and Boston respectively so something has to give in tonight's contest. The Bulls played a seasoned, tough Raptors team on Saturday and learned a lesson or three regarding defensive intensity. New York is desperate for a win and will play aggressively tonight. After losing out on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the free agent sweepstakes of 2019, New York loaded up with established journeymen veterans such as Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris, Wayne Ellington, Bobby Portis and Julius Randle. The Knicks will build around rookie RJ Barrett, the third overall pick. Through his first three NBA games we do know this: Barrett can score, averaging 21 points per game, shooting 51% from the field and 53% from three point country. Just a hunch but this could come down to a last possession game tonight.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Oklahoma City 120, Golden State 92: The Warriors five year run is officially over. It's going to be a long year in San Francisco. Welcome to NBA reality. OKC in the win column for the first time this season.
Draymond Green: "The reality is we suck right now...We just not that good right now. I don't know what better way to frame it. I can try in Spanish, but I ain't really that good at Spanish."
Los Angeles Lakers 120, Charlotte 101: The Lakers pounded the Hornets as Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard combined for 45 points and 24 rebounds.
Memphis 134, Brooklyn 133 OT: Jae Crowder nailed a top side three ball as time expired as the Grizzlies claimed their first win of the season in dramatic fashion. Taylor Jenkins picks up his first win as a Head Coach in the NBA. Ja Morant dropped nine dimes and scored 30 points.
Portland 121, Dallas 119: CJ McCollum exploded for 35 points- 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Damian Lillard had 28. Kristaps Porzingis tallied 32 points - 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The Mavs missed five three throws in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota 116, Miami 109: KAT with another impressive outing of 23-11-4. Andrew Wiggins with 25 points. Wiggins hit four straight tree point field goals to break the game open for the 3-0 T-Wolves.
Portland's Zach Collins will undergo an MRI today after suffering a dislocated left shoulder sustained in last night's game against the Mavs.
Always a pleasure.