Elias – our Bulls expert (and newest member of the Bleacher Nation team) – is taking a little trip out west with his pops this week, visiting a few baseball stadiums and otherwise bonding and whatnot, so I will be in charge of your Bulls Bullets today and tomorrow. Lucky you!
As a 5’7″ Italian man who played lacrosse in high school and covers baseball for a living, I think I know a thing or two about the NBA.
- The Golden State Warriors evened up the series last night with a 109-104 win over the Raptors on the road, which really tipped the tide in the Warriors’ favor according to the oddsmakers. The next TWO games will be on the Warriors home court (this Wednesday and Friday) and with the series all tied up, FiveThirtyEight is giving the reigning champs a 63% chance of reaching four Ws before the Raptors.
- And although that was a pretty close final score last night, I can’t help but be reminded to what Elias brought up after the Raptors Game 1 win: “This whole thing just feels like Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Finals. The Thunder organization was in their first finals as Oklahoma city’s team [which] brought an atmosphere to Chesapeake Arena that was absolutely wild, much like last night in Toronto. The Thunder won 105-94 and then the Miami Heat came to make a statement and win the next four straight games.”
- I’m gonna bet on the Warriors to wrap this thing up:
- Draymond Green may have been the player of the game …
— RealGM (@RealGM) June 3, 2019
- … But Kawhi Leonard’s got the jokes:
Never change, Kawhi. pic.twitter.com/JLeJZz0F09
— SB Nation (@SBNation) June 3, 2019
- The first (and last) time Tim Floyd’s time in Chicago will be connected to the NBA Finals:
Jeff Van Gundy channeling the Bulls with a Tim Floyd mention …it’s a Bulls kind of night with President Obama in attendance.
— chuck swirsky (@ctsbulls) June 3, 2019
- If you’re looking for more on Game 2 and the Finals as a whole, you can check out the latest from Michael Powell at the New York Times.
- I for one, can’t wait for the finals to be over, so we can get into full-on draft mode. Draft Day is just 17 days away and I’m already getting geeked about it, even if the Bulls aren’t picking until No. 7.
“Seriously. 7? Again? You know I could disappear you, right?” pic.twitter.com/J6yqaX8IuC
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) June 3, 2019
- After all, you never know when or where you’re going to find value. In fact, NBC Sports Chicago is counting down the best all-time selections at every pick from #30 to #1 and a few former Bulls have already made the cut. At #30 overall, (free-agent-to-be) Jimmy Butler gets the nod as one of the best, late first-round picks of all time and Dennis Rodman (chosen No. 27th overall by the Pistons in 1986) follows closely behind. I have a feeling we all know who’s going to be the best 3rd overall pick in the draft, but check out that article for some more fun.
- Speaking of the draft … Over the weekend, we learned that the projected second overall pick, Ja Morant, was scheduled to undergo “minor” knee surgery to remove a “loose body” from his right knee. And apparently, that knee surgery went well:
- With a successful procedure and just a 3-4 week recovery, everything should proceed as expected at the top of the NBA Draft. Of course, Morant wasn’t the only draft news of the weekend.
- Cam Reddish, a theoretical Bulls target in the first-round of the draft, is also undergoing a minor procedure for a muscle injury that nagged him during the season, but his injury seems to be a bit more severe, given the six-week recovery/timetable. Even still, he is expected to make a full recovery, and if he’s better for it in the long-run afterwords, getting this done now makes the most sense. For what it’s worth, plenty of mocks have Reddish being selected before the Bulls go on the clock, though those same drafts have them taking Coby White, who might already have a promise of his own. It’s not entirely clear how Reddish’s surgery will affect his draft stock – if at all – but the only thing we do now is that not much is settled after pick No. 4. We’ll be getting into all of that and more later today, I’m sure.
- The Bulls have plans to meet with some prospects who aren’t on the radar for first-round consideration:
LaGerald Vick, a 6-5 guard who played at Kansas, has workouts scheduled in the coming days with the Knicks, Thunder and Bulls, per sources. Vick’s Knicks workout is scheduled for Monday. New York has the 55th pick in the draft.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) May 30, 2019
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 3, 2019
- At the Chicago Tribune, former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg opens up about his time in Chicago.
- Today is a very, very special anniversary in the Bulls world:
On this day 27 years ago, ¯_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/G0gOfOwRmH
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) June 3, 2019
- We also have a birthday to celebrate: