The Raptors return home after their most impressive win and performance of the season in Memphis. Now they face the returning Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls at the ACC tonight. Rose is still very much working off the rust from a year plus away from the game with an injury. He is averaging 14.7 points, 4.5 assists and has a field goal percentage of just 33.3%.
The Bulls as a team are 3-3 but have yet to win a game on the road as they are 0-3 entering the ACC as the Raptors look to even their record and become .500 on the season. If the Raptors want to start to be taken seriously a win over the Bulls would be a place to start.
Rudy Gay comes in off the heels of his successful return to Memphis. Where he was by his standards as good as it gets, going 8-18 and 4-6 from 3 point range to lead the Raptors with 5 steals and 23 points on the night. Raptors as a group had perhaps their best shooting night of the season going 46.3 % from the field and 8-15(53.3%) from behind the 3 point line.
The Bulls are considered one of the better defensive team’s in the league so it will be interesting to see if the Raptors can produce these kind of numbers tonight. The Raptors on their side of things played perhaps the best defensive quarter the have produced this season allowing the Grizzlies just 16 points in the final quarter in Memphis.
Been a tad bit disorganized this week so didn’t get a chance to record a This Week in Raptorland. We will get it back on track next week.