Nothing says 'I have no interest in watching this game' like two struggling Eastern Conference teams playing on games on back-to-back nights.
The Sixers spent their Friday night getting the pulp juiced out of them by a Miami Heat team attempting to avoid losing four straight. Chris Bosh led Miami with 25 points, and LeBron James chipped in a measly 21 on 7-13 shooting. He's certainly no Kevin Durant.
Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 13, and Michael Carter-Williams struggled to find his shot, shooting 1-7 from the field (0-3 from beyond the arc) for just 7 points. While the rookie has hit some bumps in the road this year, I'm inclined to believe we'll see more performances like the one Wednesday vs. Charlotte than the evening prior. The new kid on the block, Dewayne Dedmon, is proving to be a serviceable big man on both ends of the floor. In 21 minutes of action he finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 block. He's very quickly making us forget about Daniel...uh, Orton! The status of big men Arnett Moultrie and Lavoy Allen for the matchup against the Bulls is currently unknown.
Chicago lost a nail biter in Washington last night 96-93, and head coach Tom Thibodeau will look to completely destroy the physical health and mental stability of his players tonight. With little bench depth, Thibodeau has rode his starting 5 hard. Jimmy Butler played 60 minutes in the Bulls 3OT win against Orlando on Wednesday, and another 39 minutes Friday. Chicago's starting center Joakim Noah has seen an excess amount of playing time too, a total of 82 minutes over the past two games. If either one of them falls asleep on the court, you'll know why.
Tip-off is at 8:00 PM from the United Center. Hopefully we can all get through this together.