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San Antonio Spurs vs Chicago Bulls

The San Antonio Spurs are heading into the second recreation of the season seeking to construct off of a robust 107-99 victory of their dwelling opener in opposition to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Regardless of lacking star Kawhi Leonard, they rolled behind LaMarcus Aldridge and his 25-point, 10-rebound effort.
The Spurs’ first highway journey of the yr takes them to Chicago, the place issues might be higher. The Bulls dropped their season opener by 16 factors to the Raptors and will likely be counting on a roster of castaways and fledgling expertise for the foreseeable future. It bodes properly for San Antonio to choose up its second win of the early season.

Chicago Bulls (Zero-1) vs. San Antonio Spurs (1-Zero)

October 21, 2017, 7:00 pm CDT

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Spurs Accidents: Kawhi Leonard (quadriceps), Tony Parker (quadriceps)
Bulls Accidents: Nikola Mirotic (facial fractures), Denzel Valentine (knee)
Bulls Suspensions: Bobby Portis (serving second of eight recreation suspension for observe altercation).

Feed the Aldridge

After signing a three-year, $72.5 million contract extension earlier within the week, LaMarcus Aldridge backed up his payday with a robust first recreation of the season in opposition to the Timberwolves. Aldridge scored 25 factors on 9-of-21 capturing from the ground, and pulled down 10 boards within the victory. After a considerably contentious begin to his Spurs profession, Aldridge seemed extraordinarily snug within the begin of his third season in black and silver. Gregg Popovich and his workers received Aldridge rolling to the basket early and infrequently within the opener, honing in on a ability set which helped him excel over the course of the early a part of his profession with the Portland Path Blazers.
After seeing him so successfully used across the basket and within the pick-and-roll recreation within the opener, it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if this pattern continues. Aldridge has had a propensity to accept low proportion mid-range jumpers over the course of his first couple of seasons with the Spurs, but when that ends, it may result in extra environment friendly offense for each Aldridge, in addition to the Spurs as an entire.

Bulls not at full energy

The Bulls are off to an Zero-1 begin to the season, however that’s the least of their issues. There have been echoes over the past couple of seasons of Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg dropping the locker room, which solely grew louder after the most recent incident in Chicago proper earlier than the season tipped off. Earlier this week, it was reported that Bulls ahead Bobby Portis was concerned in a observe altercation with teammate Nikola Mirotic. The dispute led to a fist combat, in accordance with experiences, and Portis ended up touchdown a number of punches that fractured Nikola Mirotic’s face. Now, with Mirotic out indefinitely and Portis suspended because of the incident, an already-bad Bulls workforce is now shorthanded. Search for the Spurs to pounce on a weak and injured opponent within the first highway recreation of the yr.
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