7 p.m., WGN
Bobby Portis continues to make progress in his rehabilitation of a right ankle sprain. He went through practice yesterday, but the Bulls ruled him out for the game tonight.
For the Pacers, Myles Turner was a full participant in shootaround this morning after breaking his nose in a game earlier this week. The Pacers list him as questionable for the game tonight. Former Bull Doug McDermott isn’t listed on the injury report today after tweaking his ankle on Monday. Brother-to-former-Bull Aaron Holiday is listed as questionable with an illness.
The Last Time:
This game was historic....
In the first game of the Boylen era, the Chicago Bulls mustered all of the spirit their little bodies could hold, but still fell to the Pacers 96-90 in Indianapolis. The way the Bulls fought in their first game for their new head coach, it felt like this could be a turning point towards more competitive play in the future. It hasn’t exactly turned out that way though.
The Pacers are good
Even more impressive, they’ve mustered a lot of these wins with their star Victor Oladipo missing 11-straight games in the middle of the season.
The Justin Holiday-less Bulls
How will this team look different now that their veteran shooting guard is in Memphis?
- Get ready for heavy, heavy dosages of rookie Chandler Hutchison. He will start at small forward tonight.
- Wayne Selden, a piece from the Grizzlies that the Bulls got in the Memphis trade, should get meaningful minutes.
- The Chicago Bulls lost one of their best 3-point shooters. Who will step up?
- For those keeping score at home, the Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine combination is a net -11.9 in 90 minutes on the floor together this season.
Boylen: "Lauri, Zach and Kris have to do more. They have to do more at the defensive and offensive end now. And they have to make people better. Justin was a big-time defender, big-time team guy and was reliable. Guys have to pick up the slack. And I’m banking that they will."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 4, 2019
- Won’t even see Cam Payne in garbage time anymore.