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Bulls vs. Hornets game preview, lineups, injury report (and open thread)

The Bulls are probably going to get stung

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Chicago Bulls Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (0-3) vs. Charlotte Hornets (2-2)

7 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago

Injury Report:

If you thought the Bulls point guard situation couldn’t get any worse, you were wrong. Kris Dunn is out for four to six weeks with an MCL sprain. Our guys Denzel Valentine and Lauri Markkanen remain out as well. Also....

In contrast, the Hornets injury report is squeaky clean.


Kemba Walker is the leading scorer in the NBA in the infant stages of the season. With Dunn out, Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono will be tasked with stopping him. We’ll see how that plays out.

(You know who’s tied with Walker for NBA’s leading scorer after one week of games? Nikola freaking Mirotic).

Not that anybody on the Bulls is guarding anyone these days anyway. The Bulls have a 117.6 defensive rating which is fifth worst in the NBA (it’s difficult to imagine that there are four teams that play worse defense than this Bulls team, but the stats don’t lie).

Fred Hoiberg said at shootaround that while Payne will start, Shaq Harrison will potentially get a look. I’d just start Harrison. The Bulls have nothing to lose, and if they don’t give Harrison some run then Walker is dropping 60 points. Who cares what happens on offense, Zach LaVine runs the show anyway.

In Hornets news, Malik Monk is showing signs of life after an abysmal rookie season. It’s going to be weird as heck seeing Tony Parker wear teal and dark purple instead of black and white. Dude is 36 years old and has earned $165 million over his 17-year NBA career. He should have just retired a San Antonio Spur.

After matching up with the likes of Joel Embiid, DeAndre Jordan, and Andre Drummond to begin the season, Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. will catch a “break” with the Hornets big man tandem of Cody Zeller, Frank Kaminsky, and Bismack Biyombo tonight. Time for a big game?

The Bulls might tank better this season when they aren’t trying to lose than last season when they were trying to lose. That’s what we are dealing with right now, and that's what we’ll see again tonight against Charlotte, and then the next game when they have these same Hornets again.

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