NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 1st (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (1-1) at Chicago Bulls (1-1), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls return to the United Center Saturday in hopes of bouncing back from their worst shooting effort in six seasons against the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies.
The Bulls looked great during a 13-point season opening win over former coach Scott Skiles and Milwaukee on Tuesday but fell back down to earth during an ugly 96-80 road loss to the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics on Friday.
Celtics star Kevin Garnett posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Celtics routed Chicago, 96-80, at TD Banknorth Garden.
The No. 1 overall draft pick this past April, Derrick Rose, led the way for the Bulls with 18 points, while Tyrus Thomas and Ben Gordon dropped 11 each for the Bulls, who started their season with a 108-95 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday in head coach Vinny Del Negro's debut with the team.
Thomas shot just 2-for-17 from the field, however, and Gordon was 3-of-10 as the Bulls shot a woeful 29.8 percent in the game.
Meanwhile, Rudy Gay buried an 18-foot jumper as time expired to give the Grizzlies their first home opening win since moving to Memphis from Vancouver in 2001, an 86-84 triumph over Orlando Friday.
Gay scored a game-high 29 points in the game, while talented rookie O.J. Mayo added 17 points and six rebounds for the Grizzlies, who bounced back from an 82-71 drubbing by the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in their season- opener.
Marc Gasol chipped in 10 points, while rookie Darrell Arthur hauled in 10 boards in the win.
The Grizzlies will attempt to win a second consecutive game Saturday, something that didn't happen until the end of November last season. But, the home team has won seven straight and 14 of the past 16 times in this series.
11/01 10:32:34 ET