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Can’t be worse than Monday, right?

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Chicago Bulls (2-5) vs. Denver Nuggets (5-1)

7 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago

Jabari Parker will get his first start as a Chicago Bull tonight. Paul Millsap is a mountainous, physical big so that’s the reason behind starting Parker over Chandler Hutchison.

Injury Report:

If you got the team option on your contract picked up by the Bulls yesterday, then you are also probably injured. Bobby Portis, who didn’t get his team option picked up today but is still injured, did have a money quote today.

Jarred Vanderbilt, Will Barton, Isaiah Thomas, and Michael Porter Jr. all have long-term injuries for the Nuggets. Barton was averaging 16.5 points per game and was shooting a scorching 55.6 percent from behind the 3-point line on 4.5 attempts per game before the injury, so that’s a big loss for the Nuggets.

Preview:

Who is your All-Diamond League first team for the NBA?

Okay, first off, what the heck does this mean? The Diamond League is the pro circuit for track and field so being on the All-Diamond League first team means you are one of the top five fastest players in the NBA.

I posed this question to my buddy. My team was Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Zach LaVine. My buddy suggested a similar team, but his had Jamal Murray on it (and Damian Lillard).

Murray’s shooting hasn’t been efficient this season, but he’s averaging 16.7 points per game and is starting on a team with the second-best record in the Western Conference at the age of 21. Watching Cameron Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono try to stay in front of Murray tonight is going to be a nightmare.

Not that anything can be more of a nightmare than that thing that happened against the Golden State Warriors on Monday evening. I work at the United Center and people were leaving at the start of the third quarter. I can’t condone leaving a game early (comebacks are always possible), but I almost had empathy for the fans who did that night.

Bulls legend Joakim Noah was in attendance Monday, literally the only redeeming quality from a thoroughly awful night. If you didn’t get goosebumps when the United Center gave him a standing ovation, we’re taking your Bulls fan card away.

According to K.C. Johnson, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, and Horace Grant were also in attendance. So were these guys. The Bulls definitely picked an awful night to give up 92 points in the first half.

Instead of Klay Thompson, the Bulls will have to deal with Nikola Jokic tonight, the man of the 56.8/42.1/86.1 shooting splits. Wendell Carter Jr. has looked a little overwhelmed this season in matchups against big physical centers (Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond/Blake Griffin), so this will be a good test for the Bulls young rookie.

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