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Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls preseason game 2 preview

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The Rockets complete their 2-game trip to Chicago tonight against the Bulls.

As these teams just played each other two nights ago, there isn’t much to talk about that isn’t available in Xiane’s or Coty’s pieces. Basically, the Rockets were the better team and it showed.

Tonight, we’ll see if the team can maintain some consistency. I expect Stephen Silas to rest some of the regulars and give a little extra run to the guys trying to make the team or get a G-League spot. With multiple Rockets players returning this season from major injuries, the real test will come in the regular season when guys like John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins have to play 30+ minutes multiple times per week. Getting in gym runs at the YMCA is a good way to shake off some rust, but nothing compares to an NBA schedule. I know there’s little to glean from a preseason game against an inferior opponent, but it was nice to see Wall and Cousins showcase their top-level talent. We’ll soon see if they can maintain that in this 72 game season.

Interestingly, I think we’re going to see just how good of a coach Billy Donovan is. He’s known for getting the most out of his rosters, and the OKC team overachieving multiple times. Now, he’s in a situation with low expectations where he will still be expected to get competitive soon. He’s now without a superstar for the first time in his career. Can he motivate this group of young Bulls? Time will tell.

Tip-off is at 7pm CT on AT&T Southwest

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What are you most hoping to see tonight (besides no injuries)?

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  • 14%
    Billy Donovan saying "Can’t play Kanter" for old time’s sake
    (27 votes)
  • 47%
    The Kentucky Krew
    (86 votes)
  • 16%
    (Insert awkward pun about Christian Wood’s last name that makes you laugh uncomfortably)
    (29 votes)
  • 21%
    Luka. Always Luka.
    (39 votes)
181 votes total Vote Now