As the Chicago Bulls embark on a multi-year rebuilding process, they do so understanding there will be plenty of difficult moments along the way. A fight in practice this week left forward Nikola Mirotic sidelined for 4-6 weeks and forward Bobby Portis suspended for eight games for punching Mirotic, who suffered facial fractures and a concussion in the altercation. The Bulls open their home slate on Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs following a 117-100 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.
The Philadelphia 76ers will face a difficult task as they seek their first win of the season Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors. The 76ers, who lost the series to the Raptors 3-1 last season, have dropped 15 of their past 16 games against Toronto, including nine in a row at Air Canada Centre. The Sixers lost their home opener 102-92 on Friday night to the undermanned Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center.