The Milwaukee Bucks will be making the trip south to take on the Chicago Bulls tonight. The team is coming off a terrible, awful, no good, very bad performance against the Indiana Pacers. There really wasn’t much entertainment on the court to speak of, so there’s nowhere to go but up tonight. Chicago won their first preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans, but also had a brutal showing on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.
The team seems to have a revolving door in terms of participants in the 15th roster spot battle royal as out goes James Young and in comes Xavier Munford. We are not sure who will end up with that spot as Gerald Green appears to be the front runner, but Kendall Marshall and GP2 might have a case. Otherwise, I’m sure Kidd will mention who will be sitting out tonight’s game. As it stands, Thon, Delly and Mirza will not be playing according to Matt Velazquez from late afternoon Thursday.
Thon Maker will travel but not play tomorrow in Chicago. Giannis Antetokounmpo will travel and can play, though it’s not set in stone.— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) October 5, 2017
Jason Terry will get some run tomorrow. Matthew Dellavedova will be a healthy scratch. Mirza Teletovic won’t play; getting LASIK retouched. https://t.co/j988AQXKPa— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) October 5, 2017
Player to Watch: Gary Payton II
GP2 had a pretty solid outing against the Pacers on Wednesday with a final box score of 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assist along with a block and a steal. He didn’t do anything special or new, but continued strong play that will only seem to help his chances with the organization in some form whether it’s getting that last roster spot, or a two-way deal.
Everybody is aware of the Bulls’ offseason in regards to the Jimmy Butler trade on draft day, along with cutting ties with Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade. The team is young and look to be shaping the roster for the future with younger players like Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn. There isn’t much on this roster to speak of as the direction their front office duo of GarPax went has left fans disappointed.
Player to Watch: Bobby Portis
Most fans will remember Portis as the guy drafted after Rashad Vaughn and the Bucks. The two players had different rookie seasons with Portis looking like a good rotation player while Vaughn looked like a player that shouldn’t be in the league. His second season saw him regress in his minutes, points, rebounds and falling behind in the forward pecking order. He barely played last season but with some of the forward spots clearing, he may have a chance to get meaningful minutes and show why fans were optimistic with him his rookie year.