Toronto Raptors-Chicago Bulls Preview: Why the Raptors Must Win

November 10th, 2009 by Stephen Brotherston Leave a reply »
Once again on Wednesday night at the ACC, the Toronto Raptors face off against one of their primary competitors for a playoff spot in April.

During the offseason, the Chicago Bulls regained the services of the almost (but not quite there) star player Luol Deng who was lost midseason last year due to injury.  Adding Deng to last year’s midseason acquisitions of Brad Miller and John Salmons and this off-season’s signing of Jannero Pargo gives Chicago an almost uniquely deep team of good veteran players.

After last season’s memorable playoff series against the Boston Celtics, the return of substantially the same team and coaches, and the continued improvement of their young players, Chicago is expected to get off to a good start this season and compete for a playoff spot.

But outside of the potential second year player and Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose brings to the team, the Chicago Bulls suffer from a lack of true star power.  However, opposing teams will find little to no drop off in talent or ability when the Bulls bench enters the game.  Chicago can beat any team that doesn’t play at their best.

As expected, the Toronto ...

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