Imagine a Starting-5 Without LaVine, Porter, Markkanen, and Carter Jr. (Now Open Your Eyes) and Other Bulls Bullets

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Imagine a Starting-5 Without LaVine, Porter, Markkanen, and Carter Jr. (Now Open Your Eyes) and Other Bulls Bullets

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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:

  • 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 …

  • Can the Bulls style points count for real points?

  • Wow, Joel Embiid has missed his fair share of games against the Bulls …

  • Everyone was on their feet for the GOAT!

  • 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!

  • ICYMI: The Duke-UNC game last night had an incredible ending. For the love of basketball, give it a watch.

Author: Elias Schuster

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