The Bulls won’t be the only team dealing with a setback tonight at the United Center.
Not even a team from Phoenix was exempt from being bit by the polar vortex, as the Suns were unable to fly in to Chicago on Monday night. Instead, the team slept in Arizona and took the first flight out this morning, arriving in the Windy City this afternoon, less than seven hours before tipoff tonight at the United Center.
“Yesterday the flight kept getting pushed back and it got to the point where we weren’t going to get in (to Chicago) until 4:30 in the morning,” head coach Jeff Hornacek said. “By the time the guys got their bags and got in bed it was going to be 5-5:30, so we just figured we’d come this morning and got here early this afternoon.”
Making matters worse for Hornacek is that the Suns are on the first game on a five-game roadtrip across the Midwest and East Coast, where they’ll also make stops in Minnesota, Memphis, Detroit and finally New York in a span of seven days.
That upcoming schedule – the team’s longest roadtrip of the season – was part of the reason Hornacek and the Suns decided not to fight the weather late into Tuesday morning, instead opting to sleep at home and travel the day of the game.
“We would have gotten in late last night and it may not have had a huge effect tonight, but for the rest of the trip, a night of screwing up their sleep would have been big,” Hornacek said. “So it’s going to be a difficult trip for us, but those are challenges that those guys like to meet.”