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NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago Bulls Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (10-33) at Los Angeles Lakers (23-21)

9:30 p.m., WGN

The Lebron-less Lakers lost to the Cavaliers on Sunday, so maybe there’s a chance the Bulls snap their seven-game skid tonight.

Injury Report:

James remains sidelined until at least Jan. 16 with a groin injury. Though Jim Boylen said he didn’t prepare for this. Though in recognition of LeBron - for some reason - NBC Sports Chicago put up this montage of him repeatedly kicking the Bulls in the teeth.

Former Bulls great Rajon Rondo underwent surgery on the ring finger of his right hand on Dec. 28 and is out for 4-5 weeks.

For the Bulls, Bobby Portis said he’ll play tonight after missing the Jazz game.

At least no punches were thrown?

A chippy practice on Monday led to a heated exchange of words between Robin Lopez and Kris Dunn. Lopez had to leave practice for 15 minutes to cool off.

Lopez’s history of throwing punches is longer but slightly less infamous than Bobby Portis’ so the Bulls are lucky they aren’t staring down the barrel of another public relations nightmare right now.

Lopez would prefer not to play here anymore , though smartly the Bulls will continue to try to trade him for an asset rather than just relent and buy him out of his contract.

Let’s Resurface this Video

This is the funniest freaking thing...

Big Baller Brand

My brother bought me a black, short sleeve dry-fit Big Baller Brand t-shirt for Christmas.

I haven’t worn it yet. I’m waiting for the right opportunity. First off, it’s winter and when I go anywhere I’m either dressed up or still wearing a coat inside because I’m cold. So nobody would see it if I did decide to wear it which defeats the purpose.

But once the weather gets warmer eight months from now, I’m breaking it out. I’m only a tad bit worried about how people will think of me when I wear it given the douche bag stigma around the company and the family.

Speaking of Big Baller Brand, Lonzo Ball still fills up the stat sheet, his shot is still ugly (48.2 percent true-shooting percentage), and his dad is still a marketing genius.