The San Antonio Spurs look to bounce back after a Saturday night loss as they take on the Chicago Bulls
To be frank the San Antonio Spurs, sitting at 12th place in the Western Conference standings, have been bad as of late.
Over their last six games, the Spurs have gone 2-4 and their two wins have not been very convincing, posting wins over a Stephen Curry and Draymond Green-less Golden State Warriors squad and an Indiana Pacers team without the services of Victor Oladipo.
The Spurs will look to get back into the win column as they take on Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls Monday night.
The Spurs face an ideal team to get their mojo back.
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The Bulls are at the bottom of the league in several major categories on both offense and defense. The Bulls are 29th in the NBA in points per game (103.3), 29th in offensive efficiency (100.6), 22nd in opponents points per game (113) and 17th in opponents’ three-point percentage (34.9).
Despite the Bulls’ unimpressive start, LaVine is having a breakout year, averaging 25.5 points (10th in the league), 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. If the Spurs are able to effectively contain LaVine and force other players to beat them, it should be a fairly cut and dry game.
Date: Monday, Nov. 26, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: Chicago, IL
Venue: United Center
TV Info: FSSW
It’s imperative that the Spurs re-establish their defensive intensity, as they currently rank 21st in the league in defensive rating (110).
Expect DeMar DeRozan to have another offensive outburst against the Bulls as well. DeRozan is having a career year in his first season in the Silver and Black, averaging 24.9 points (12th in the NBA), 6.3 assists, and 5.9 rebounds a game. DD is fresh off of a 34-point, seven-assist outing against the Milwaukee Bucks, marking his fourth 30-point game of the season.
THROW IT DOWN DEMAR pic.twitter.com/NZpTA7jnz5
— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) November 25, 2018
In other news, the Spurs announced Sunday morning they have assigned Lonnie Walker to the Austin Spurs, who will be hosting practice in San Antonio from Sunday until Wednesday, Nov. 28. The rookie is still on the mend as he recovers from a meniscus tear he suffered during the offseason.
It’s unclear what Walker’s role will be once he’s fully healthy but he’s a freakish athlete who can impact the game on both sides of the floor and his ability to guard three positions may allow him to see some real court time during his rookie campaign.
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Hopefully the Spurs can string together a couple of victories before their first-round rookie returns to the floor.