Do you like football?
Do you like Bleacher Nation?
Do you like people named Patrick?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, I got news for you! We have officially launched Bleacher Nation NFL on the ole website. To be clear, BN Bears isn’t going anywhere. Luis will continue to obsess over that team and pump out his normal content. Instead, this will be an entirely new section of the site where familiar face Patrick Flowers will keep you updated on all things NFL. Woohoo!
I encourage you to give us a follow on Twitter, as well, if you’re interested. We’re running a celebratory giveaway where the winner will get a $100 Fanatics gift card! I know … not too shabby, BN!
By the way, if this news doesn’t excite you, that’s totally fine. As I always remind folks when we add things here: This is only in addition to the same old content you’ve been consuming. And, with that in mind, there will be a function on the site soon enough where you can customize the homepage to just show you the sports you want to see.
So we cool? Cool. Let’s now talk about The Great Orange Ball.
- I want to first send a massive congratulations to Chuck Swirsky. The Bulls’ radio broadcaster is going to call his 2,000th NBA game tonight!
- Swirsky is truly one of the best in the business. I’ve always thought that basketball, in particular, can be an extremely tough sport to digest on the radio. But I find myself seeing the game each time I tune into a Swirsky broadcast. His attention to detail mixed with his still-very-youthful love of the game always makes for a worthwhile listen. Thanks for all you do, Chuck!
- After the debacle we saw on Wednesday night, I can’t say I’m too optimistic about playing a rebuilding OKC team. The Bulls have already lost to this vibrant group once this season, allowing six players to score in double figures and drop 123 points. While they were able to hold breakout star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to 8-21 shooting from the field, he still dropped 30 points thanks to a 14-15 performance from the free throw line. If the Bulls don’t want history to repeat itself, it’s all going to have to start on the defensive end.
- The 76ers proved to be a perfect example of what can happen when you take this OKC team lightly. The Thunder dropped 133 points in Philly just last night to beat them by 19. And, yes, Joel Embiid and James Harden were both on the floor. I want to hope that some tired legs could work in the Bulls’ favor this evening, but the Thunder also have one of the youngest rosters in the league. So, yeah, I’d expect them to still come out ready to punch another veteran team in the month.
- Two players the Bulls can’t forget about tonight: Josh Giddey and Jalen Williams. One of the most well-rounded young players in the league, Giddey has really found his groove next to SGA over the last couple of weeks. He’s currently averaging 18.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists on 50.0 percent shooting from the field over the last eight games. The 20-year-old is a big reason why we see this OKC team do such a great job of getting everyone involved.
- Meanwhile, rookie Jalen Williams is proving why I had him so high on my wishlist during this last draft. He’s finished in double figures in 11 of the team’s last 12 games and is averaging 1.6 steals per contest over the stretch. The guy is one of those players who just knows how to be in the right place at the right time. If the Bulls lose track of him, he’ll make them pay.
- The infamous Last Two Minute Report confirmed that the refs were right in not handing Delon Wright a foul during the final possession of the Bulls-Wizards game. LaVine said that Wright told him he did mean to foul him, and you can also see Wright point to the court right after he reaches in at LaVine to suggest that he wanted the call to be on the floor. The report insists he got all ball, though. Whatever. It doesn’t matter and that final sequence was a bad look regardless. Just shoot the freakin’ 3!
- There have long been rumors that the Knicks are monitoring Zach LaVine’s situation in Chicago, but this panel seems to think he doesn’t make a lot of sense in New York. I agree!
- Andre Drummond can’t believe he almost fouled out in less than 10 minutes.
- He also can’t believe some took the tweet so personally.
- Big news for a Celtics team that is trying to hold onto the No. 1 spot.
- Old friend gets a new job!
- Some important details …
- Hey, that’s a good win!