Satoransky's Role, LaVine's Buckets, I-L-L, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Satoransky’s Role, LaVine’s Buckets, I-L-L, and Other Bulls Bullets

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My girlfriend insisted that I start moisturizing my face. I don’t want to admit it, but my face is smoother than Ben Gordon’s jumper. I’ll have to keep this up.

  • FWIW: I’m still fully aboard the Tomas Satoransky bandwagon. I know the general woes of this season have steered some in the other direction, but I think it’ always important to keep in mind that Satoransky wasn’t brought to Chicago to be the “answer.” The 28-year-old point guard’s job is to encourage ball movement and be a trustworthy fill-in when the Bulls need that extra boost. He did exactly that last night with an impressive 19-point performance:

  • I understand if he isn’t the most exciting player out there, and, of course, it’s hard to rally behind any of these players right now with how poorly the team has produced. At the end of the day though, his execution is only as good as the offensive scheme drawn up by his coaches. I think we all know how good that scheme (if you can even call it that) has been. If the Bulls ever get their hands on a competent coach and offensive system, I still think Satoransky would flourish.
  • Zach LaVine stole the show last night (as he does every night). He had his second 40+ point performance in five games and is now averaging 30 points per game over the month of January. At this point, I don’t think we can deny that LaVine is making one of the league’s best final attempts at claiming an All-Star spot. After the team’s six-game losing streak, the Bulls have somehow gone 5-4. The wins may be against weak opponents, but the Bulls have been without Wendell Carter Jr. and Daniel Gafford (as well as, now, Lauri Markkanen). I’ve been the first to be hard on LaVine before, and while I still have my fair share of criticism, he’s single-handedly winning games.
  • Kevin Love told Bulls dot com’s Sam Smith that he thinks LaVine is worthy of an All-Star nod: “He’s so impressive. He’s an All-Star. He’s on his way to being a superstar in this league.” The Cavaliers head coach followed suit: “We have tough times when we are matching up with a really good all-star.”
  • I always need to make sure I say this whenever I talk LaVine’s All-Star status: I don’t think he’s going to make the cut, and I totally understand that. Regardless, I respect his best efforts.
  • John Paxson opened his mouth briefly to praise LaVine:

  • Sorry bud, even if LaVine does make an All-Star game, the organization is still in shambles.
  • If I keep hearing Boylen talk about establishing this system, I think I might explode.
  • See, there’s always a silver lining somewhere!

  • These are my bullets, and I can do what I want … I-L-L!!!!!!

Michael: I-N-I!!!

Author: Elias Schuster

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