Thank God for the Knicks, White Questionable, Carter Jr. Probable, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Thank God for the Knicks, White Questionable, Carter Jr. Probable, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Yesterday, I was flipped off on the highway, and I literally have no idea why. I was minding my own business, keeping up with the flow of traffic, and then I see a man hardcore tossing up the bird in my rearview mirror.

Maybe his fingers are just stuck in that formation? Poor guy.

  • Who’s ready for a battle of the bums! The Chicago Bulls will take on the New York Knicks later this afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Every season when it feels like no franchise could be as dysfunctional as the Bulls, the Knicks are always there to remind us that things could be worse. Right now on a six-game losing streak, New York has recent losses to the Hornets and Hawks on their resume. But while I want to feel relatively confident about the Bulls pulling off this victory, the status of Coby White could be a huge difference-maker.
  • The last time these two played, White caught fire in the 4th quarter and sank seven 3-pointers. Chicago ended up winning by 18 points, and with White’s current three-game 30-point streak, I’m sure they’re not looking forward to playing him again. However, with the status of White’s back injury up in the air, they might avoid another big White performance. The Bulls have provided little updates on his status, but do have him listed as only questionable for tonight’s game.

  • Fortunately for Chicago, even though White could join the numerous other injured players on the bench, Wendell Carter Jr. should be returning to action.

  • Carter Jr. hasn’t played since January 6th thanks to a high ankle sprain, and a return would incredibly refreshing for a Bulls defense that has plummeted since he and Kris Dunn left the lineup. Not to mention, the second-year player was having one heck of a run during the first half of the season. He was 16th in the league in rebounds per game and 9th in total boards. Among his sophomore class, he led the way in total rebounds and was second in field goal percentage (among players who appeared in 30+ games). Remember, all of this meant a spot on the Rising Star roster at All-Star Weekend, which is some solid league-wide recognition. To recap just how good the start of his season was, check out The Athletic’s latest post on Carter Jr.’s best plays of the season.
  • Speaking of The Athletic, Darnell Mayberry ranked the top 10 moments that torpedoed the Bulls this season. Give it a read and relive all of the sadness!
  • How many wins?

  • The end of March and start of April will be one of the toughest stretches of the season for Chicago. After the five-game stretch that includes games against the Rockets, Nuggets, Sixers, and Jazz, the Bulls will enter April with the Nuggets, Suns, Clippers, and Lakers on the schedule. Buckle up.
  • All of this means you should probably start thinking about the offseason. Other than the continued progress from Coby White, all of the top Bulls storylines are stuck in the summer.

  • Seven years ago yesterday, Joakim Noah has a legendary performance.

  • And 28 years ago today, Scottie Pippen balled out! Does anyone have a time machine we can use?



Author: Elias Schuster

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