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December 15, 2009

On tap: Bulls-Lakers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Bradford Doolittle @ 8:52 pm

The world champion Lakers are in Chicago tonight for their annual visit to the United Center, so there is a little bit of an extra buzz in the air tonight even though the Bulls have lost 10 of 12. (And there are a lot more media types clogging up the works downstairs, dammit.) This also of course marks Phil Jackson’s only return trip to his former stomping grounds. Jackson was effusive in his pregame chat, though he didn’t say a whole of any intangible interest. I guess he’s just an interest talker, even when he’s not saying anything.

For the Bulls, it’s a bad time to be playing LA, which features the league’s second-best Defensive Rating. That comes on the heels of playing Boston, which is top dog in the NBA’s defensive pecking order. I guess I’m not optimistic that this will be the night Chicago breaks out, but in the NBA you never know. They have had a couple of days off after playing four games in five nights through last Saturday.

The Lakers, meanwhile, have also been off for a couple days after having their 11-game winning streak snapped Saturday night in Utah. The big news coming out of the game was the broken finger suffered by Kobe Bryant on his shooting hand. Bryant is starting tonight and has been experimenting with different splints to find one that will let him have a semblance of touch on his shot and proper rotation on the ball. We’ll see how it works out. Really you would think that is the only intrigue surrounding tonight’s game. NBAPET marks the Lakers as a 14-point favorite tonight, the only road team favored in the seven games on Tuesday’s slate.

I’ll be Tweeting, Twittering and Twardziking live during the game, so join me here: @bdoolittle.

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