The Orlando Magic begin working on the busy second half of their preseason schedule tonight when they host the new-look Chicago Bulls. Chicago got some bad news recently when it learned top-dollar free-agent signee Carlos Boozer will miss the first month or two of the season due to a broken hand, sustained when he tripped over a bag in his home. But the complaints otherwise are few and far between. The Bulls inked Joakim Noah to a lucrative contract extension and seem to have a bright future. And despite their 2-3 preseason record, they own a positive scoring differential and, under new defensive-minded head coach Tom Thibodeau, have limited their opponents to 48 percent effective field goal shooting.
|2010/2011 NBA Preseason|
|2-3 (0-2 road) |
|4-0 (2-0 home) |
|October 16th, 2010|
|No local TV|
|Derrick Rose||PG||Jameer Nelson|
|Keith Bogans||SG||Vince Carter|
|Luol Deng||SF||Rashard Lewis|
|Joakim Noah||PF||Brandon Bass|
|Omer Asik||C||Dwight Howard|
|2009/10 Advanced Stats|
|93.1 (11th)||Pace||92.0 (18th)|
|103.5 (27th)||ORtg||111.4 (4th)|
|105.3 (11th)||DRtg||103.3 (3rd)|
Orlando will rest Quentin Richardson and Mickael Pietrus tonight, giving Rashard Lewis another chance to start at small forward. He'll have a tough test guarding Luol Deng, who's added the three-point shot to his offensive arsenal; he's taken nearly half of his shots from long range this preseason, while connecting on 55 percent of them. The Bulls have played a jumbo lineup featuring centers Noah and Omer Asik, which also gives the Magic an opportunity to try their version of a big lineup by playing Brandon Bass.
I'm here at Amway Center to cover the game live.