With Derrick Rose sidelined, this isn’t quite the marquee matchup between conference elites that people had hoped for. But the Bulls are still a soundly coached team sporting the no. 1 defensive efficiency rating in the league at the moment.
Some food for thought:
On ESPN.com, Kevin Arnovitz examines the cult of Bledsoe. ClipperBlog wonders if said cult could one day achieve a tax-exempt status.
The full effect of Bledsoe can be experienced only when the clock’s running, because Bledsoe is fueled by live basketball — the super-animated stuff we see in the NBA. Most players expend energy when they’re asked to chase people around and sprint the floor and collide with enormous bodies and leap every five seconds for one reason or another and occasionally land awkwardly on thick wood or men holding large cameras, but not Bledsoe. He actually gets stronger, faster and more lethal as he chews up the floor at warp speed.
Also on ESPN.com, D.J. Foster joins four other panelists and does a little 5-on-5 in advance of tonight’s game.
And don’t forget to check out ClipperBlog Live, our postgame wrap show. You can tweets us questions or comments or leave them below!