7:00 p.m., WGN
Former Bull D.J. Augustin went through shootaround this morning and the Magic expect him to play tonight barring an unforeseen setback. Conversely, Jonathon Simmons didn’t go through shootaround this morning and won’t play tonight as he continues to nurse a left ankle injury. Big man Timofey Mozgov won’t play either because of a sore right knee.
Bulls killer Nikola Vucevic will likely play tonight after getting kicked in the calf in a game on Monday.
The Last Time:
These teams are really familiar with each other.
This is the third time in three weeks that the Magic and the Bulls have matched up. They split their first two meetings.
On Dec. 13 in Mexico City, Vucevic exploded for 26 points in a 97-91 Magic win while Bulls forward Jabari Parker got his first taste of the exile life. One week later in Chicago, it was Lauri Markkanen’s turn to explode as he tallied a season-high 32 points in a 90-80 win against the Magic.
Hoiball to Boi-Ball:
Today, Chicago Bulls point guard Kris Dunn addressed the contrast of styles between the offensive systems of his two head coaches this season.
Since Jim Boylen took over, the Chicago Bulls 98.6 offensive rating has been the worst in the NBA by a significant margin.
A Few TV Thoughts:
NBC Sports Chicago has reached a multi-year contract extension with the Bulls, joining the Blackhawks and White Sox while seeing the Cubs depart for their own channel. All Bulls local coverage will be on NBCSN, no longer will they be shown sometimes on WGN.
I like this, because I think NBC Sports Chicago does a fantastic job with these games. I’m going to get crucified for saying this, but I grew up with Stacey King and Neil Funk on the mic so I’ll always have a soft spot for them. [oh god, why -yfbb] Meanwhile, Kelly Crull has killed it on the sidelines for the Bulls this year adding to her previous work with the Cubs.
Mark Schanowski, Will Perdue, and Kendall Gill are knowledgeable and don’t sugarcoat stuff. They critique and it seems like there’s much less homerism from them than there is from the crew that does the Cubs games on this network.
They have a good Twitter account, too