Be warned, if the Bulls don’t beat Cleveland tonight, I might explode.
If you come for bullets tomorrow and see none, you’ll know what happened.
- Through the first four games of the season, Otto Porter hasn’t looked like himself. The veteran forward has appeared sluggish, and inconsistent. Many speculated the combination of his poor play with the Bulls opting to manage his workload could mean Porter was battling some behind-the-scenes injury. Then, the mystery only grew when NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson reported the Bulls were monitoring Porter’s hip. Thanks to The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry, someone finally asked the man himself, and Porter’s slow start might be just that … a slow start. Porter told Mayberry he’s always battled small hip issues throughout his career, but he’s totally fine. Head coach Jim Boylen even said he’s been a full participant in practice and has never complained about his hip.
- Mayberry also spoke with Boylen and Tomas Satoransky about Porter’s performance, and both appear to believe he’s still getting used to this new multi-ballhandler system. Porter isn’t getting the ball as frequently, which means the possessions where he does might be higher stakes. Satoransky believes Porter’s still just “looking for his shot” and he’s not worried in the slightest about him finding it.
- Hey, if Porter finds his shot maybe he can help the rest of the team find theirs? Is it under the bench? Was it left at home? Did you check in the locker room? The Bulls have the second-worst three-point percentage in the league right now at 27.5 percent. Obviously, it’s not going to stay like that all season (right … right!?), but I’m hoping something gives sooner rather than later, especially with this team putting up the 11th-most attempts per game.
- Zach LaVine took to Instagram to remind Bulls fans it’s only four games …
- We haven’t heard much from new lead assistant coach Chris Fleming, but we know he’s supposed to have a large impact. K.C. Johnson provides us with a little context on what makes Fleming an intriguing, well-respected assistant across the league.
- The Bulls play the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 6, so they MIGHT dodge a speedy, sharp-shooting bullet.
Good news for Atlanta guard Trae Young, per sources: Improvement on his right ankle today. No plans for an MRI. He could return as soon as next week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 30, 2019
- I have to admit, this is a very interesting parallel.
- MJ is only in this for like 15 seconds, but it’s still pretty darn cool.
Vintage MJ interview in here. https://t.co/aMuKwLPIAW
— Zack Pearson (@Zack_Pearson) October 30, 2019
- Bobby Portis’ performance on Monday triggered Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports Chicago to remind us of all the other times a former-Bull embarrassed Chicago. Yay!
- Aw, they’re holding hands!
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SATO.
- Who the heck is going to guard Anthony Davis when the Lakers come to town next week?
AD put up 40 & 20 before the 4th quarter even started.
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) October 30, 2019