Game Guide: Green-Clarkson Pinoy showdown, new-look Bulls on the rise

Published October 25, 2021, 6:00 PMRenee Ticzon

Watch out for Friday’s Filipino Heritage Night featuring Jalen Green’s Rockets and Jordan Clarkson’s Jazz!

The Rise of the Bulls

Bulls vs Raptors: Oct. 26, 7:30 AM on NBA League Pass

The hype surrounding the new-look Chicago Bulls did not disappoint! The major overhaul gave this franchise a reason to be excited again. In their previous game against the Detroit Pistons, six players scored in double-figures, including newcomers DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso.

The best part? The team’s chemistry is undeniable. Whether it’s unselfish basketball or just talent playing at the highest level, this new and improved Bulls team will be a problem for the East this season.

Rookie Battle: Duarte vs. Barnes

Pacers vs Raptors: Oct. 28, 7:30 AM (PHT) on NBA League Pass

Despite not being drafted in the top 10, Chris Duarte is slowly securing his role in Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle’s rotation. This Indiana team may not be on most fans’ radar, but they might have a chance if Duarte’s talent comes through all season long. They already showed flashes of their abilities, outlasting the tough Miami Heat.

Meanwhile, Scottie Barnes is showing critics why the Toronto Raptors took the draftee with their No. 4 pick. This potential changemaker has already topped the Raptors’ scoring in their opening matches. While it’s definitely way too early to tell, Barnes might just be the missing piece to bring Toronto back into the playoffs.

Pinoy Showdown: Green vs. Clarkson

Rockets vs Jazz: Oct. 29, 8:00 AM (PHT) on NBA TV Philippines via Smart GigaPlay app or Cignal TV

It’s rare to have a player with Filipino blood enter the NBA -- but now we have two at the same time! 

All eyes will be on the Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green and the Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson (at least for Pinoy fans) on Friday. By now, everyone knows the talent Clarkson brings as the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, but Green’s arrival brings new excitement for Filipinos.

In their previous game against the Boston Celtics, Green exploded for a game-high 30 points including eight made 3-pointers. It did not result in a win, but the rookie’s ability to adjust so quickly into the big league is something to watch out for.

Plus, It’s possible for these Fil-American guards to be matched up against each other. The game will also serve as the main event for the Jazz-Rockets Filipino Heritage Night. What a perfect fit!

Potential Playoff Matchups

Hornets vs Heat: Oct. 30, 7:30 AM (PHT) on TV5

The Eastern Conference has a handful of teams on the rise, which includes the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat. Both teams are run by young players who are still getting comfortable in the big league. 

Tyler Herro is on the brink of a comeback season, reminding fans why he’s known to be a bucket. Meanwhile, LaMelo Ball continues his heroics for the Hornets, quickly becoming the team’s best player. It’s not far-fetched to see these two teams meeting once again in the postseason, so this matchup should be interesting.


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