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When: Monday, October 7th, 7:00 PM CST
Where: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

Photo: Joe Murphy / Getty Images

Records: Memphis (0-0), Chicago (1-0)
Watch: EDIT {1}: CSN Chicago
Discuss: 3 Shades of BlueGrizzlies Message Boards

Grizzlies LogoMemphis has made no secret of its intention is to expand the geographic appeal of the fan base, and what better way to do so than to put on a show in front of the St. Louis fans at the Scottrade center? Technically the “away” team in this neutral-site preseason match, the Grizzlies kick off the 2013-14 year against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. Normally the title “preseason showdown” carries little to no weight of implication, but tonight is cut from a different cloth as it serves as our official hello to the Dave Joerger era in a competitive forum. While lasting preseason appeal is usually limited to those that concern themselves with the Willie Reed, Tony Gaffney, and Melvin Ely-types — and don’t get me wrong, they’ll have their play as well — this year is unique. With the Joergermeister at the helm there will be plenty to digest in the scope of how the returnees as well as the new faces acquaint themselves to the new look offense.

Bulls LogoChicago is breathing a collective sigh of relief after a long 526 days without seeing its franchise player take the court. The 2011 league MVP Rose looked like his old explosive self in the Bulls preseason opener against the Indiana Pacers, Saturday night. In a condensed 20 minutes of play, he dropped 13 points and 3 assists. In reference to the short leash of playing time, Coach Tom Thibodeau said of Rose, “He got mad at me, so I knew we were good.” {2} Though it seems to be the case, the story of the Bulls is not solely about Rose. Take Taj Gibson for example, who has seemingly been in a perpetual state of primed to have a breakout year and impressed in the debut, with an 18 and 12 double-double bolstered by a 9-12 shooting night from the field.

Be sure to keep tabs on:

– Ball movement. All reports point to Joerger’s new system running on an increased offensive pace fueled by increased ball movement. As the guys get themselves acquainted to the system and one another. Try not to freak out at the sight of some sloppy passes and discombobulated offensive sets.

– Ed Davis. Free from the reins of Lionel Hollins, will the real prize of the Rudy trade please stand up?

– Nick Calathes. Is he the solution to the backup point guard issues that have plagued the Grizzlies since they traded Kyle Lowry back in 2009? This game won’t tell us the answer to that question, but it can shed some light onto how he figures to translate his game from the European style of play to the NBA.

– Kosta Koufos. Rumor has it he’s been rebounding like a madman in the in-house exhibitions. Will he be able to carry that over to St. Louis and beyond? Will he play beside Marc at all?

– The training camp invitees. With Josh Akognon and Derrick Byars getting the axe yesterday, two or fewer of the group of Willie Reed, Tony Gaffney, and Melvin Ely will be suited up in Beale St blue come the end of October. Will any of the bunch stand out?

– Derrick Rose.

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*do not fear, the popular head-to-head preview format will be returning for the regular season!

{1} – Grizzlies at Bulls Preview

{2} – ESPN Chicago: Rose Shows What Bulls Were Missing

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