Having only two Bulls games this week has been such a relief.
I feel like I’ve gained at least six years back in my life. I expect three of those to be taken away tonight when they get clobbered by the 76ers though.
- Yesterday, Zach LaVine found himself the latest among the starters on the Bulls injury report. According to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, LaVine did not practice yesterday due to a neck injury he suffered on Thursday night. Here’s a look at what happened:
Here’s the play that landed Zach LaVine on injury report. pic.twitter.com/f9jB1EFFG2
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 8, 2020
- Obviously, LaVine felt good enough to play out the rest of the game, but Johnson says things really stiffened up during his off-day on Friday. If he can’t go tonight, it’ll mark his first missed game of the season. I think if we know anything about this Bulls team, it’s that they need LaVine on the floor to play even an ounce of competitive basketball. And overall, I’m utterly terrified to see what this offense looks like without LaVine, Markkanen, Porter, and Carter Jr. all off the court. Yikes.
- A rare, but pleasant surprise for this Bulls squad has been the continued emergence of Chandler Hutchison. The second-year player has scored 15+ points in three of the last four games. He is attacking the rim far more aggressively (and consistently) than before, channeling the skill set that made him an intriguing first-round pick out of Boise State. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and is also averaging 6.3 rebounds per game over his last four appearances.
- NBC Sports Chicago’s Rob Schaefer wrote more about Hutchison’s growth, pointing out that this is only the second time in his career he’s been able to appear in 17-straight games. Some of been quick to give up on Hutch, but is he can stay healthy, I don’t see why he can’t be a highly productive piece of an NBA rotation.
- Also, Hutch can throw it down!
- Hot take, I know …
Hi. I wish the Bulls were better.
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) February 9, 2020
- Can the Bulls style points count for real points?
- Wow, Joel Embiid has missed his fair share of games against the Bulls …
This will be Embiid's fifth career game against the Bulls in the 20th meeting between the Bulls and 76ers since Embiid was drafted.
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) February 9, 2020
- Everyone was on their feet for the GOAT!
Michael Jordan at Wrigley Field lacing an RBI double down the line with Harry Caray on the call. Let’s all just take a moment today to appreciate this is a real thing that actually happened. pic.twitter.com/SXiwfkIdnA
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) February 9, 2020
- A cool moment between two legends!
- Ugh, this just reminds me that we’re a week away from a Chicago All-Star Game with no Bulls’ representation. LaVine will be in the 3-point shootout, but with the game being held in the Windy City for the first time since 1988, it’d feel so much better to have a player on the roster. I still think, hopefully, this could be one of the major embarrassments that yanks this ownership toward a front-office change.
- And the Bulls are on the verge of a five-game losing streak!
Wolves broke a 13-game losing streak, Raptors won 14th in a row in final seconds, Jamal Murray & Buddy Hield had 2 of the best shooting games in league this season. Almost every night something great happens in the NBA.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 9, 2020
- ICYMI: The Duke-UNC game last night had an incredible ending. For the love of basketball, give it a watch.