For the second time in less than a week, the New Orleans Pelicans will square off against the Chicago Bulls. The game is scheduled to tip off on Sunday evening at 7pm Central, and there are several ways to catch the action.
- Fans who live within a 75-mile radius of the Smoothie King Center can watch a livestream by visiting Pelicans.com/live or the Pelicans Mobile App.
- NBC Sports Chicago will broadcast the game on television so those with NBA League Pass should have access.
- If airwaves are the only resort, tune into WRNO 99.5 FM New Orleans.
Rajon Rondo will sit for precautionary reasons after suffering a small groin pull against the Thunder. He’ll be replaced by Ian Clark in the starting lineup, but we should assume Jrue Holiday will shoulder the majority of the initial point guard duties.
The Pelicans will also be missing Cheick Diallo, Solomon Hill, Frank Jackson and Omer Asik.
With Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins appearing only in the first half of the Oklahoma City game, there is a good chance both receive significantly higher minutes against the Bulls. For over the last week, Alvin Gentry has reiterated on multiple occasions he isn’t planning to play the most important personnel in the Pelicans final preseason game against the Grizzlies because New Orleans is opening the season against the same team in Memphis five days later.
Will more playing time by New Orleans starters result in the team’s first exhibition win? Who cares. It’s much more important for the Pelicans to leave Chicago as healthy as they arrived and make further progress from a team standpoint on both sides of the ball.
Outside of Davis and Cousins, the the roster has struggled immensely with posting consistent results. E’Twaun Moore had a great line in the first preseason game, but was completely absent in the second. Vice versa for Holiday and Clark. Darius Miller has knocked down a few buckets when he’s been open, but are you kidding me with the zero rebounds in over 41 minutes of action? And we’re still waiting for Dante Cunningham, Jordan Crawford and Tony Allen — who hasn’t even received a single second on the court yet, to show us anything of value.
For the Bulls, Kris Dunn is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks after dislocating his left index finger, but Lauri Markkaken is poised to make his preseason debut.