Well, this certainly is a surprising development, is it not? Coming into this season, Chicago and Cleveland were heavily favored to be the top two teams in the East. At this point in time, neither team is in the top two. Chalk it up to chemistry issues for Cleveland or a rocky reintegration of Rose into the lineup for Chicago, but Chicago and Cleveland are sitting at #4 and #5 in the East respectively. Who is #1 ? TORONTO?
Yes, the Raptors are red hot in the East, and while Golden State leads the league with a 22 - 3 starting pace that threatens the '97 Bulls 72 - 10 season record, Toronto is only 3 losses behind them at 22 - 6. Currently the Raptors enjoy a 6 game winning streak. They are 8 - 3 on the road, so don't look for them to be intimidated coming into the United Center. This is however, a back to back game for the Raptors, who are coming off a 118 - 108 home victory over the Knicks led by a 22pt, 4 reb, 9 ast effort from guard Kyle Lowry.
Can you imagine, just last year both fan bases of the Raptors and Bulls were talking about tanking? My what a year can do for a team.
Random Thibodeau Quote:
"Thank god for Jimmy Butler. Big shots, plays defense, gets to line, makes plays, plays unselfishly and hard. Doesn't take plays off."
PG: Derrick Rose | SG: Jimmy Butler | SF: Mike Dunleavy | PF: Pau Gasol | C: Joakim Noah
SF: Doug McDermott - Knee
PG: Kyle Lowry | SG: Terrence Ross | SF: Landry Fields | PF: Amir Johnson | C: Jonas Valanciunas
SG: DeMar DeRozan - Groin
GOOD LUCK CHARM:
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