I hope everyone is having a good weekend! Don’t let the Bulls ruin it!
- Psssh, the Bulls got them right where they want them!
- The Bulls will try and win the season series tonight against the Washington Wizards, but it will not be easy. Not only is this team riding an 8-game losing streak, but seven players remain bruised-up on the sideline. Yesterday, the Bulls ran a 9-man rotation against the Suns, and if it wasn’t for Coby White’s career-high 33 points, the team would have been run out of the United Center. While I think it’s fair to say the Suns have a bit more fire-power than the Wizards, when the Bulls battled them before the All-Star break, they were non-existent on the defensive end. The Bulls lost 126-114, allowing seven Washington players to score in double-figures, including a 20-point performance from rookie Rui Hachimura.
- LaVine scored 41 points that night and it still wasn’t enough to close the gap. The Wizards showed their own inability to hold onto a lead in the first two matchups this season, but for the Bulls to stand a real chance, they need White to stay hot and a much stronger defensive effort. Maybe Wendell Carter Jr. can be cleared to play tonight?
- “ThE gOaL FoR tHe SeAsOn iS To mAkE ThE PlAyOfFs” – JiM BoYleN
The 19-38 Bulls woke up this morning to a 0.5% chance to make the playoffs, per @bball_ref. To put that in context, they give the Oklahoma City Thunder a 0.8% chance to win the NBA Finals.
— Mark Strotman (@markstrot) February 23, 2020
- Jim Boylen has practically done everything in his power to ensure this team doesn’t make the playoffs. Part of that, calling repeatedly ridiculous late-game timeouts.
— jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) February 23, 2020
- Earlier today, we talked about LaVine’s reaction to Boylen’s antics and how this season continues to be an utter trainwreck. You know, the usual.
Jim Boylen’s Late-Game Timeouts Sure Seem to be Rubbing the Players the Wrong Wayhttps://t.co/kgza5V5hwL
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) February 23, 2020
- Zach LaVine could very well put his name in the Bulls record books tonight!
Zach LaVine needs 3 triples to break the Bulls franchise record for threes in a season (Ben Gordon – 173 in 2008-09).
He already has 33 games of 3+ made threes this season, eight more than any other Bull in a season in franchise history (Scottie Pippen – 25 games in 1995-96).
— Jeff Mangurten (@JeffGurt) February 23, 2020
- I know the league has changed a bunch and blah blah blah, but LaVine’s 3-point shooting efforts this season have been extremely impressive. Last season he kind of upped this part of his game, shooting a (then) career-high 321 attempts while knocking down 120 of them. However, this season, he’s already well surpassed those totals, taking 451 attempts and sinking 171. Overall, he has the 8th most 3-pointers this season and is truly proving to be one of the league’s more legitimate threats from downtown.
- Meanwhile, Coby White wanted to remind everyone there are plenty of reasons to be excited about his future. White scored a career-high 33 points last night and became only the third player in NBA history to have multiple games with 7+ made three-pointers in his rookie season (via Jeff Mangurten). Check out the awesome highlights:
Coby White poured in a career-high 33 points last night against the Suns: pic.twitter.com/S1pOEGpRgs
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 23, 2020
- I guess Gar Forman and John Paxson have been out and about looking for new talent. Of course, the two had to make a stop at Iowa State this weekend.
Just a reminder that Gar Forman’s last job was as Tim Floyd’s assistant at Iowa State. He has been a Bulls employee since Aug. 1, 1998, and is the final remaining employee hired by Floyd. https://t.co/JzvNiCeX8c
— Jack M Silverstein (@readjack) February 23, 2020
- Then, today, Forman is in Evanston for some Big Ten action. Who else is terrified he’ll fall in love with a random Northwestern bench player and promise him a pick?
Gar Forman in Evanston for Northwestern-Minnesota https://t.co/nha64eOoKH
— Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) February 23, 2020
- Good stuff from Thad!
- Happy Sunday!
Jim Boylen thru 115 games with Bulls: 36-79, .313
Fred Hoiberg's last 115 games with Bulls: 39-76, .339
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) February 23, 2020