Tough Weeks Ahead, Celtics Come to Town, Time for a Lineup Change? And Other Bulls Bullets

Having to endure the stress of both the Bears and Bulls playing tonight can’t be healthy.

  • Classifying any game as a must-win not even two weeks into the season would be silly … but we may look back at that 102-100 loss to the Wizards as a significant early-season blunder. The Bulls’ schedule doesn’t get any easier with the Celtics and 76ers bookending this week. Stealing one of these games could prove pivotal in getting the Bulls back on the right track, as long as they can also take care of business against the tanking Pacers and Spurs during the middle of this week.
  • I knew the Bulls’ start to the year would be challenging, but it feels that much worse now that they’re in the thick of it. The Celtics (x3), 76ers, Nets, Raptors (x2), Pelicans (x2), Nuggets, and Bucks make up 11 of their next 15 games. So while it would be an overreaction to stress out about a 1-2 record – especially after an impressive win over the Heat – the Bulls’ margin for error is too thin to drop games to teams projected by most to finish below them this season.
  • I want to believe the Bulls will hand the Celtics their first loss of the season tonight, but did you see that stinkfest against the Cavaliers? While it’s possible that a blowout loss could provide the kick in the rear that this team needed, playing at your A-game doesn’t even guarantee a win over this Boston team. They have started the year averaging the 4th-most points per game with the highest field goal percentage in the league. They’ve also held their opponents to the 5th-fewest points in the paint per game on the other end. Of course, we’re talking about a very small sample size here, but we also know that this is a sustainable brand of basketball for a team that just went to the NBA Finals.
  • Now, as good as the Celtics are, this is a team that just let the Orlando Magic score 120 points. There are areas to exploit in this matchup, and both Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond will want to take notes. With no Robert Williams on the floor to start the year, there is room to control the paint. Don’t get me wrong, a healthy Al Horford is a stiff defender, but he’s still a tad undersized and no one behind him is a major concern. Boston is currently relying on Noah Vonleh (#BullsLegend) to eat minutes off the bench, while Blake Griffin is also technically there for some small-ball opportunities. The Bulls simply have to win the minutes that either of these two is on the floor.
  • Boston has also started the season as one of the NBA’s worst rebounding teams. Unfortunately, the Bulls haven’t been much better, but this is another area where both Vucevic and Drummond could make a huge difference in the game (especially if they can win on the offensive glass).
  • NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson got the ball rolling on a Patrick Williams benching, and it didn’t take long for CHGO’s Will Gottlieb to agree. Here are my two cents: Do I think the team must bench him tonight? No. It sometimes takes more than three games to build some confidence. But the leash also isn’t as long as it used to be. I’d give him the rest of the week to see if he can finally show signs of life with the first unit. Who knows, maybe a big performance against lesser competition like the Pacers or Spurs can permanently light a fire under his butt. If this week comes and goes without any progress, however, then it will be time to call upon Javonte Green.
  • Having said all of that, if Green is in the lineup tonight, I will not be shocked or upset. His fit with that group is apparent, and my decision to give Williams a little more time is not at all about what Green can provide but more about the potential Williams possesses.
  • Happy Birthday to the big man!
  • https://twitter.com/chicagobulls/status/1584545244216860673?s=20&t=kGyLIMnZ5OZJTFLCFqb6-w

  • The third team is the charm, I guess. Ugh.
  • The Lakers are a straight comedy right now.
  • Speaking of the Lakers, a Westbrook trade remains a possibility this season, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Jae Crowder also continues to get plenty of interest around the league, with one of the Bulls’ Central Division foes expressing interest.
  • I like wins!
  • written by

    Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.

    more bulls news

    So How About All the Trade Talk? (and Other Bulls Bullets)

    With a beer in one hand, a spoon to stir my Brazilian chicken stroganoff in the other, and my "evening vibes" mix playing on Spotify, I was prepared to enter the weekend in maximum relaxation mode. And then Jake Fischer...

    DeMar DeRozan? Yeah, It’s REALLY Hard to Guard Him

    My favorite pastimes: Watching movies, trying new restaurants, reading a good book, and listening to NBA players talk about how hard is to guard DeMar DeRozan. Practically every time I sit down to watch the Midrange Master go to work,...

    Tyler Herro Now Reported as a Possible Target for the Chicago Bulls

    At this rate, I'll be writing a new post about Zach LaVine every hour! After an initial report connected the Chicago Bulls to the Damian Lillard sweepstakes on Thursday, the trade rumor floodgates have opened. Jake Fischer is the latest...

    Latest Zach LaVine Trade Rumors – Do Bulls Even See Him as THE Guy?

    A recent report from Kyle Neubeck (PHLY Sixers) named Chicago as the "wildcard" team in the Damian Lillard sweepstakes. More specifically, Neubeck mentioned that the Bulls could look to construct a three-team trade that includes moving Zach LaVine. Yep, that's...

    Points in the Podcast: Lillard and LaVine Trade Talk, Southwest Division Preview

    With under two weeks to go before training camp begins across the NBA, trade talk is heating up. Matt Rooney and I started this week's episode by discussing the revamped Damian Lillard trade rumors, which now include the Chicago Bulls...

    One Chicago Bulls Stat That Makes Continuity Look Silly

    Let me preface this post with the following: Yes, I recognize that I've been beating the same dead horse for so long that it's now fertilizer. But I also think it's the only horse I have to beat! The Athletic...

    Training Camp Roster, DeMar’s Star-Studded Workout, Mic’d Up Zach, and Other Bulls Bullets

    While gearing up to type these bullets, I caught myself petting my dog while wearing a hoodie with her name on it and drinking out of a mug with her face on it. I may have a problem. Training camp...

    Will All the Zach LaVine Trade Smoke Eventually Lead to a Fire?

    No, I don't think the Chicago Bulls are about to acquire Damian Lillard. Whether or not the recent report about the franchise sniffing around the Lillard sweepstakes is accurate, the chance of this front office pulling off a trade is...

    The Lillard Stuff, Training Camp Storylines, Bulls Take the Diamond, and Other Bulls Bullets

    It's taking everything in me not to dig into our database and delete the words I wrote about being excited for the Chicago Bears season. I expressed genuine optimism in what the Monsters in the Midway could accomplish. Aside from...

    Buddy Hield Reportedly Working With Indiana Pacers to Find Potential Trade

    The Indiana Pacers could finally look to move one of their top veteran assets. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Buddy Hield and the Pacers have begun talks about a potential trade after failed extension talks. "Hield is open to...

    Latest News

    Kenyan Drake Fantasy Week 3: Projections vs. Colts, Points and Stats, Start or Sit

    Kenyan Drake and the Baltimore Ravens will play the Indianapolis Colts -- whose rushing defense was ranked 21st in the NFL last season (124.1 yards allowed per game) -- in Week 3, on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET.Is Drake's game...

    Aaron Jones Fantasy Week 3: Projections vs. Saints, Points and Stats, Start or Sit

    Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones will be up against the team with last season's 24th-ranked run defense, the New Orleans Saints (130.5 yards conceded per game), in Week 3 -- kicking off at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday.When...

    Nick Chubb’s MRI Reveals Much More Optimistic Prognosis Than Feared

    I didn't plan on touching a keyboard today. It was supposed to be an afternoon of watching college football horizontally on the couch. But the news from Cleveland regarding Nick Chubb's MRI and prognosis was so nice to see that...

    Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Rockies 3 – September 23, 2023

    The Cubs did what they needed to do again today, beating the Rockies for the second straight day. It required a little comeback this time, which made the experience a little more fun. Not that I ever have a problem...

    Hawaii vs. New Mexico State: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

    The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-3) match up against the New Mexico State Aggies (2-2) at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on Saturday, September 23, 2023.Go to SPEC to watch this contest live.When is Hawaii vs. New Mexico State and...

    Hawaii vs. New Mexico State Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – September 23, 2023

    The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-3) play the New Mexico State Aggies (2-2) on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. The Rainbow Warriors are listed as favorites in this one, with the spread sitting at 3...

    How to Watch USC vs. Arizona State: Live Stream or on TV

    The No. 5 USC Trojans (3-0) hit the road for a Pac-12 battle against the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2) on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Sun Devil Stadium.You should head to Fox in order to watch this matchup.When is...

    Washington vs. Cal: Start Time, Streaming Live, TV Channel, How to Watch

    The No. 8 Washington Huskies (3-0) take on a fellow Pac-12 opponent when they host the California Golden Bears (2-1) on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Husky Stadium.The Huskies' matchup against the Golden Bears will be airing on ESPN.When is...

    Fresno State vs. Kent State: Free Live Stream, TV Channel, How to Watch

    The Fresno State Bulldogs (3-0) and the Kent State Golden Flashes (1-2) square off at Bulldog Stadium (CA) on Saturday, September 23, 2023.The game is on CBS Sports, if you're looking for how to watch.When is Fresno State vs. Kent...

    USC vs. Arizona State Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – September 23, 2023

    The No. 5 USC Trojans (3-0) and the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2) will meet in a matchup of Pac-12 teams on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Sun Devil Stadium. The Sun Devils will need to play a near perfect...

    more bulls news