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Bulls vs. Spurs: Christmas Day Special

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NBA Christmas Done Texas Style

The Chicago Bulls (14-15) head south for some Christmas Day action and walking into the arena hopeful of a season sweep against the San Antonio Spurs (24-6).

The Bulls faced them earlier this month and defeated the Spurs, 95-91. That hand them their first road loss after winning 13 straight games on the road to start the season. A large part of that win for the Bulls was due to the San Antonio’s slow start as well getting foul calls and heading to the lines because of them. Bulls outscored the Spurs 45-32 in the first half. The Bulls attempted 22 more free throws than the Spurs that night.

The Spurs are not a team that takes defeat lightly, they will come back with a vengeance against the Bulls. After losing a close one to the Los Angeles Clippers last week, they came back the next night to blow out the Portland Trailblazers by twenty points without Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili.

San Antonio is one of leading offensive teams in the league as they are in the top ten in points per games and top two for field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and free throw percentage. Besides the fact that they are arguably one of the best offensive teams they also do it on the other end of the court and give it their all on defense. They have a 101.4 defensive efficiency which puts them ranked third in the league behind the Memphis and Golden State (Hollinger Stats).

Chicago on the other hand is struggling and have seemed to have lost their drive and motivation for the game. They are coming off a 2-5 stretch since defeating the Spurs earlier this month.  During this stretch, they have fallen to 21st on the points per game list. Not much can be said about this lackluster Bulls team until the turn things around and starting playing as a team.

The Bulls and Spurs split last season’s series; there has not been a two-game sweep for either team since 2009-10, when the Bulls won both contests.

Christmas Wish list for the Bulls:

  • First and foremost, a win.
  • Bench productivity.
  • Get off to a fast start- It worked last time.
  • Big Games from Butler, Wade, Rondo.
  • With that being side, don’t add more stress/duties for Butler- You can’t make him do everything


4 p.m. Sunday, ABC-7, WLS-AM 890.