Bulls Weekly Preview: Heat, Hawks, Bucks – February 28 – March 4, 2022

Can the Chicago Bulls make a statement?

Meet the Opponents:

•  2/28 @ Heat (40-21): Third times the charm? Doubt it.
•  3/3 @ Hawks (29-31): Beat us once, shame on you. Beat us twice, shame on me. Beat us three times, shame on me again. Beat us four times … UGH! 
•  3/4 vs. Bucks (36-25): Thinking about leaving Grayson in Milwaukee.

Bulls Projected Lineup

1. Ayo Dosunmu
2. Zach LaVine
3. DeMar DeRozan
4. Javonte Green
5. Nikola Vučević

Opponent Projected Lineup

Heat:

1. Gabe Vincent
2. Jimmy Butler
3. Duncan Robinson
4. PJ Tucker
5. Bam Adebayo

Hawks:

1. Trae Young
2. Kevin Huerter
3. De’Andre Hunter
4. Danilo Gallinari
5. Clint Capela

Bucks:

1. Jrue Holiday
2. Grayson Allen
3. Khris Middleton
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo
5. Brook Lopez

Unavailable/Injured (at the start of the week):

Bulls: Lonzo Ball OUT (knee), Alex Caruso OUT (wrist), Patrick Williams OUT (wrist), Nikola Vucevic PROBABLE (ankle)

Heat: Kyle Lowry OUT (Personal Reason), Markeiff Morris OUT (neck), Victor Oladipo OUT (knee), Caleb Martin QUESTIONABLE (Achillies)

Hawks: John Collins OUT (foot)

Bucks: Pat Connaughton OUT (hand), Brook Lopez OUT (back), George Hill OUT (neck)

Injury updates via ESPN

Four Factors

•   Bulls:  54.7 EFG% (4th),  13.0 TOV% (5th), 24.7 OREB% (29th),  .245 FTA RATE (16th)

•   Heat:  54.0 EFG% (8th), 15.1 TOV% (17th), 29.1 OREB% (7th), .248 FTA RATE (13th)

Question of the Week:

Last week’s question: What type of impact will Tristan Thompson’s acquisition have on the Bulls when they kick off their second-half schedule later this week against Atlanta?

The early returns on the Tristan Thompson signing appear positive. His debut against the Hawks proved especially promising with 11 points and 6 rebounds in an efficient 13 minutes of action. However, he struggled to have the same kind of impact against the more physical Memphis Grizzlies, which is surely where the Bulls needed it more. Some of that is likely due to the fact that he’s still finding a rhythm in this new role, but I think we also have to keep in mind he isn’t going to single-handedly change the trajectory of this team.

This week’s question: So do the Bulls look like a team that could hang with either the Heat or Bucks in a playoff series?

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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