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Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks: Preview, injury report, and game thread

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Almost time for real games

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Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks

7:00 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago

Standing between the Bulls and real basketball is one more preseason game tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.

Lineups and Injury report:

This looks to be a dress rehearsal for the regular season, with the starting lineup intact and even Wendell Carter ramping up to 24 minutes.

Head coach Jim Boylen announced Wednesday that Tomas Satoransky will start at point guard to begin the season. Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr. will also be starters for the Bulls when the regular season rolls around on Oct. 23 versus the Charlotte Hornets.

The depth chart is jammed with point guards behind Satoransky. Coby White pretty clearly outplayed the flailing Kris Dunn in preseason. Boylen favorite Ryan Arcidiacono is still on the roster obviously and should command minutes in some shape or form. Shaq Harrison hasn’t played yet in preseason but did rejoin the team for practice this week. Look for the Bulls to give significant minutes to four point guards this season. Should be interesting.

Opponent:

Trae Young is good. Like, if that Luka Doncic dude in Dallas didn’t exist he’s probably your rookie of the year after averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 assists in his first season in the NBA. John Collins is one of the more underrated young studs in the league. Before the Bulls finessed their huge draft night trade in 2017, I remember reading a ton of mock drafts/scouting reports that had Collins ending up with the Bulls at No. 16. The trade is working out all right for the Bulls even though the 22-year-old Collins would have been a nice asset to have right now.

I forgot about this until I looked at the roster, but Jabari Parker is now on the Hawks. If he plays, you know he’ll be coming at the Bulls like it’s a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Ageless wonder Vince Carter is still in the NBA. Absolute legend.

Random Stat:

When Vince Carter was a 22-year-old rookie with the Toronto Raptors during the 1998-1999 season:

  • A 23-year-old Allen Iverson led the league in scoring average.
  • The New York Knicks made the NBA Finals losing at the hands of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson led San Antonio Spurs team.
  • Believe by Cher was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Top 100 chart.
  • Coby White straight up wasn’t born yet.
  • The United States had just 13 colonies and was ruled by England (just kidding).

Meanwhile, the Bulls oldest player is 31-year-old Thaddeus Young and the average age of the roster is 24.4 years old good enough for third youngest in the NBA.

The Quote:

From Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic:

“I’m just tired of people talking shit about my defense,” LaVine said. “I’ve always been a good on-ball defender. But there’s no reason I can be this good offensively and not be that good on the defensive end. So I’m taking more pride in it. I’m pretty sure it’ll show. I’ll make sure of that.”

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Lauri Markkanen would be a fun guy to hang out with.