Chuck's Daily Check In - 11.12.19

Chuck Previews Tonight's Home Game vs. The Knicks
Team Huddle vs. The Rockets
by Chuck Swirsky

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GAME NIGHT FROM THE UNITED CENTER

New York (2-8, 1-5 on the road) at Bulls (3-7, 1-3 at home)

TV: NBCSC: Neil Funk and Stacey King. 7 PM.
RADIO: 670 The Score: Chuck Swirsky, Bill Wennington, and David Schuster 6:45 pre.

LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 19ppg. New York: Morris: 18ppg.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Carter: 9 per. New York: Randle: 10 per.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky:5 per. New York: Randle: 3 per.

PREVIEW: Two teams struggling to establish early-season consistency meet tonight here in Chicago. Both teams have had moments of success mixed with disappointing results. The Bulls looked great in Atlanta then played poorly. In the second half against Houston. The Knicks went on the road and turned back the Mavs only to get blown out at home on Sunday against the Cavaliers. The loss triggered Knicks' management to call an impromptu media gathering to stress confidence in the coaching staff but disappointment in the results to date. This is a storyline that surely won't go away.

The Knicks are 29th in scoring averaging 99 points per game. They're last in free throw percentage at 65%. The Knicks are last in field goal percentage at 41%. Shot blocking specialist Mitchell Robinson is out so I expect the Bulls to challenge the Knicks inside the paint.

Otto Porter Jr. will miss his second straight game with a left foot injury. Lauri Markkanen did not take contact Monday but will play tonight according to Head Coach Jim Boylen.

Lauri Markkanen driving vs. The Rockets

24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:

Los Angeles Clippers 98, Toronto 88: Kawhi Leonard faced his former team for the first time this season (Staples Center ) and went 2-11 from the field but nearly managed a triple-double of 12-11-9. LAC's Larry Shamet suffered an ankle injury and will undergo an MRI today according to Yahoo Sports.

Boston 116, Dallas 106: Kemba Walker will get plenty of shots now that Gordon Hayward is sidelined. He poured in 29 points, draining eight three-pointers. Luka Doncic is just filthy. 34-6-9.

Minnesota 120, Detroit 114: First, the good news for Detroit…Blake Griffin made his season debut scoring 19 points. The bad news…Detroit surrendered 41-first quarter points and never threatened. Andrew Wiggins is hoopin'. His last four games:

33 pts | 6 reb | 5 ast
25 pts | 4 reb | 5 ast
40 pts | 5 reb | 7 ast
30 pts | 6 ast

Memphis 113, San Antonio 109: A tremendous road win for the Grizzlies. Jaren Jackson Jr. with a 24-6-5 game. The Spurs retired Tony Parker's jersey #9.

Houston 122, New Orleans 116: The Pelicans dropped to 2-8. James Harden scored 39 points, 13 straight in the fourth quarter.

Utah 122, Golden State 108: The Warriors post the worst record in the NBA at 2-9.

Bucks All-Star guard Khris Middleton will be sidelined for several weeks with a left quad contusion. The Bucks host the Bulls Thursday.

Boston's Gordon Hayward underwent surgery on his broken left hand and will be sidelined six weeks.

Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox sustained an ankle sprain at practice and is out 3-4 weeks.

Golden State's Steph Curry will have a second procedure done on his hand but still expects to play this season.

Thanks for reading CCI. Reach out: cswirsky@bulls.com or Twitter @ctsbulls

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