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Bulls Favored Tonight, Feeling Out Porter’s Role, Newcomers, Boards, and Other Bulls Bullets

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The Chicago Bulls head into tonight’s matchup as a 3.5 point favorite over the Detriot Pistons. Take that information as you will.

  • ESPN’s Zach Lowe made a list of the ten things he likes and doesn’t like about the start of this NBA season … so can you imagine how the Bulls faired on that list? Lowe singled out the underwhelming play from Otto Porter, calling him sluggish, unassertive, and unremarkable on defense (sounds like me after a eat a whole pizza, BA DUM TSSSS).
  • Yeah … not a great review, to say the least.

  • As Lowe points out, it was going to be difficult for Porter to keep up the high production he had when first arriving in Chicago last year, but I don’t think anyone expected the drop off to be this massive. Fortunately, the last game we saw from Porter was easily his best of the season (15 points and five rebounds), which hopefully means better days are around the corner. Part of me believes Porter is just having a hard time finding how he fits in on this team. He was brought in to be a reliable, veteran force, but the Bulls have him easily fourth in the pecking order behind Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr.
  • Honestly, with one of the most well-rounded skillsets on the team, I wouldn’t mind seeing head coach Jim Boylen go out of his way to get Porter the ball. I shared an article by The Athletic two bullets ago where Boylen provides a quote about Porter adjusting to his newer role: “It’s always a concern for me that he feels valued and is involved,” Boylen said. “It’s tough when you don’t touch it for a couple of reps and then you touch it in a tough situation and you’ve got to make a decision. We will continue to work on that. It’s on my heart.” Giving Porter the ball more and letting him play his game might be the best way to get him back on track.
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  • If it makes you feel any better, The Athletic was high on the Bulls potential too. Sam Amick talks about the NBA teams who’ve experienced a poor start to the season. The article is appropriately titled: “Time to panic?”Are you panicking?
  • A short and sweet rundown of the Chicago Bulls newbies courtesy of Jason Patt.

  • It may have been hard to get through, but I braved the rebounding conversation yesterday and wrote about the Bulls EXTREME struggles crashing the boards. Tonight isn’t going to get any easier with Andre Drummond in town … the man’s averaging 17.6 rebounds per game. Yikes.

  • NBC Sports Chicago’s Jason Goff welcomes in current Pistons Radio Analyst Rick Mahorn in the latest Bulls Talk Podcast. If you want solid talk about the “good old days” of the Bulls-Pistons rivalry, make sure to give it a listen.


Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.