Bulls Charge For 4 in a row vs Raptors 905

By Colin Mieczkowski

The Windy City Bulls will take on the red-hot Raptors 905 for the third time this season where unfortunately the Bulls are 0-2 in their last couple of meetings. The Bulls are 13-16 overall, trying to break free from last place in the division while the Raptors 905 are having a terrific season, with a 22-9 record, and winning eight of their last 10 games.

The Bulls have played very well, winning six of their last 10 games. They had a terrific showing from Jerell Eddie in the last game against the Grand Rapids Drive where he had a record tying, eight three pointers in the game.

Eddie knew what time it was once he kept hitting those threes that night. When asked what was going through his mind, he gave a simple answer.

“Just keep shooting” Eddie said. “I felt like my teammates found me in great positions and my confidence was rolling so I just had to keep shooting”.

No doubt that if Eddie can shoot it tonight like he did on Tuesday night, it could be a long night for the Raptors 905. But the 2015 D-League Three Point contest champion, and former Virginia Tech star knows that there’s still work to do.

“I just got to do my part, I got to bring as much leadership as I can to the group” Eddie said when asked about what the team needs to do to bring the Bulls back to .500. “If that’s making shots, getting rebounds, guarding, I just got to do my part, and help us get team wins”.

This type of unselfishness is what has made the Bulls team a fun squad to watch this year, despite some unfortunate losses. This game will feature an offense vs defense battle, as the Bulls are one of the better offensive teams, while the Raptors 905 has the best defense in the D-League.

The Bulls ranked eighth in field goals made, sixth in assists and fifth in offensive rebounds. This brings a unique offensive attack as opposed to the popular outside shooting method.

On the other side, the Raptors rank second in the D-League in blocks while they are 11th in steals per game. A very balanced defensive attack has bid well for them this season.

Despite the Raptors 905’s lockdown defensive ways, they have one of the hottest three point shooters of the last few years in Brady Heslip. Heslip still holds the single game record with 13 threes in a game.

The scary thing is that, the last record holder, was Heslip himself, during his D-League debut. He broke his own record just 15 days later, when he beat his debut performance by two threes.

So it will be interesting to see how coach Nate Loenser and the Bulls defend Heslip. Keeping him away from behind the arc and forcing him to drive could play a role in the game plan.

It should be another fun duel between the Bulls and Raptors 905,

You can listen to the game and all other home games as well as read up about the team on the official radio home of Windy City Bulls basketball, SportsTownChicago.com.