Preseason Pre-Gamin': Pelicans at Bulls (8:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

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Preseason Pre-Gamin’: Pelicans at Bulls (8:30 CT) – Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread

Chicago Bulls

We made it!

After a depressing end to the regular season (rightfully) drew criticism, and a quiet offseason (rightfully)drew more criticism, the Chicago Bulls are here to shut up all the haters. The path to proving that continuity works and that this core is capable of claiming a top seed in the Eastern Conference starts tonight.

Yes, I know it’s just a preseason game, but that doesn’t make it meaningless! Building chemistry, establishing an identity, and finalizing the rotation is part of the preseason process. We’re going to learn a lot about how this Bulls team wants and expects to play over the next four games, and I couldn’t be more excited.

LET’S DRIBBLE AND SHOOT SOME BASKETBALLS!

Game Info

New Orleans Pelicans (0-0) at Chicago Bulls (0-0) – 7:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Chicago (TV), TNT, and 670 The Score (Radio)

Chicago Bulls

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Patrick Williams
5. Nikola Vučević

Injury Report: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee)

New Orleans Pelicans

1. CJ McCollum
2. Herb Jones
3. Brandon Ingram
4. Zion Williamson
5. Jonas Valančiūnas

Injury Report: CJ McCollum QUESTIONABLE (ankle), Brandon Ingram QUESTIONABLE (finger), Kira Lewis Jr. OUT (knee)

What to Watch For …

  • Zion Williamson is back. After over 500 days without seeing game action, the former No. 1-overall pick will take the floor. One of the most efficient interior shotmakers and physical players in the league, expectations are incredibly high for the big man as he looks to be in his best shape yet. I’m sure he’ll come out ready to make a statement, which is scary for a Bulls team that had problems protecting the paint last season.
  • Having said that, a fully health Patrick Williams is also expected to be on the floor. Not only will it be important to see how Williams can handle Williamson’s toughness, but it will be important to watch how aggressive he is on the offensive end. The Bulls are expecting a leap from their 21-year-old forward this season and proving he is capable of just that starts tonight.
  • Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic, and Dalen Terry are the team’s newest faces. While it’s unclear how much playing time each will get tonight, I’m certainly eager to see how naturally each fit into the way head coach Billy Donovan wants to play. Terry, in particular, should be hungry to make a statement. The rookie likely isn’t currently expected to be a mainstay in the rotation, but perhaps his length and energy can change the coaching staff’s mind this preseason.
  • More in here …


Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.