The Orlando Magic face a tough test this evening when, on the second night of a back-to-back set, they visit the surprisingly strong Chicago Bulls at United Center. Chicago owns a solid 9-6 record, which, as Zach Lowe explained earlier this week, is more impressive when one considers it's played a difficult schedule, and has done so without free-agent power forward Carlos Boozer. But Boozer, a good friend of Magic All-Star Dwight Howard, could make his debut tonight; he's a game-time decision. The Bulls' performance so far has TNT analyst Charles Barkley picking them to win the Eastern Conference this season.
Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and Joakim Noah each average more than 39 minutes per game, and the Bulls don't boast an exceptionally deep team. Keith Bogans, Kyle Korver, and Ronnie Brewer round out the wing rotation, for instance. By the way, it's only December 1st and Bulls.com writer Sam Smith is already wondering about Bogans' viability as the Bulls' long-term starting shooting guard.
|2010/2011 NBA Season|
|13-4 (4-2 road) |
|9-6 (5-1 home) |
|December 1st, 2010|
|Jameer Nelson||PG||Derrick Rose|
|Vince Carter||SG||Keith Bogans|
|Quentin Richardson||SF||Luol Deng|
|Rashard Lewis||PF||Taj Gibson|
|Dwight Howard||C||Joakim Noah|
|2010/11 Advanced Stats|
|91.7 (19th)||Pace||93.9 (11th)|
|107.5 (12th)||ORtg||106.0 (17th)|
|100.1 (1st)||DRtg||102.7 (8th)|