Keys to the Game: Bulls at Raptors (10.13.19)
This afternoon the Bulls travel North of the Border to meet up with the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. This marks Toronto's first home game since hosting the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals.
Today's contest is Chicago's fourth of the preseason. After today they have only one more tune up (this Thursday, October 17 at 7pm) against the Atlanta Hawks back home at the United Center before tipping off the season for real in Charlotte on October 23rd.
As the team gets closer to games that'll count in the standings Chicago Head Coach Jim Boylen says he'll begin to lock into a set rotation. This afternoon's tilt should provide some insight in that regard as Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter Jr. are expected to play after sitting out Friday against Indiana. Also expected to be back in action are newcomers Tomas Satoransky and Thaddeus Young as well as second year center Wendell Carter Jr., who'll make his 2019-20 debut.
Prior to Friday's game in Indiana Boylen discussed his thinking on the team's playing situation.
"We're working the process. Every day, there's more clarity on what I like, what I don't, who fits, and who doesn't. Not only in positions, but also in different situations.
"We can't play everybody. From Day 1, I've told everyone we're going to have to share time and be a team that's willing to sacrifice — not just for that lead guard position, but other spots too."
No matter who's on the court at this afternoon look for the Bulls to play fast by running at every opportunity. Boylen's multiple ballhandler system should spark a free-flowing, exciting offensive attack. However, for Chicago to really click they'll also need to at least hold their own the boards and be willing to fight and scrap after every loose ball.