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Rajon Rondo will demand to be traded if he stays on the bench. Well, Rajon have fun sitting on the bench again tonight against the Charlotte Hornets at the United Center. Michael Carter-Williams will be starting instead. MCW has been decent since returning from his knee and wrist injuries on December 26th, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He will face a test tonight when guarding one of the top point guards in the league in Kemba Walker. The monster is averaging nearly 23 points, five assists, and four rebounds per game. He is also coming off a 37-point show in a loss versus the Cavaliers on Saturday. The Bulls also have to step up against Nicolas Batum who Jimmy Butler will most likely be guarding. If they stop their dangerous backcourt, then it will be an easier path to victory.
The Bulls blew another lead and were limited to 20 fourth quarter points versus the Bucks on Saturday who has had their number the entire year. They must bounce back from that loss because their path is no easier as they have to face the Cavs away on Wednesday. The Hornets are a beatable team, especially if Butler and Carter-Williams can shut down their dangerous backcourt. We must also see production from the bench, specifically Nicola Mirotic and, even, Cristiano Felicio, who has recently flashed potential. Robin Lopez also will also have an advantage over their backup center, Roy Hibbert, as Cody Zeller is on concussion protocol. This must be exploited. This will be the second of three meetings between the two teams. The first time, Charlotte won. If the Bulls want to even the series, they must stop Batum and Walker, but, also, the Bulls’ big men must dominate.