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Chicago Bulls vs. Atlanta Hawks: Preview, Injury Report, and Game Thread

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Chicago Bulls (2-6) at Atlanta Hawks (3-3)

6:30 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago (it’s a non-Neil Funk game)

Injury Report:

This is a back-to-back for both teams. No word yet on what the Bulls plan on doing with Otto Porter Jr., as earlier in the year it was suggested he’d sit in these contests but has instead been on a mere minutes restriction.

For the Hawks, a few of their veteran additions from the summer (in salary dumps) are out, and John Collins was suspended yesterday.

Jabari Parker revenge game? He’s starting a power forward alongside Young, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter, and Alex Len.

Preview:

My brother went to the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers game yesterday.

He went with a bunch of people who are Lakers fans and being the nonconformist/troll that he is he bet that the Bulls would win the game (hoping it was just a bragging rights bet and that he didn’t actually put any money down).

I watched as his texts went from hopeful to jubilation to worried to shocked as he slowly began to realize what it is like to be a Chicago Bulls fan in 2019. The Bulls weren’t winning that game, it doesn’t matter how much they led by.

But they will have another crack at it tonight. The opponent is an up-and-coming Atlanta Hawks team that has started the season with a 3-3 record. Their rebuild began the same year as the Bulls, but in terms of getting back to where they need to be the Hawks are definitely ahead of Chicago.

The heartbeat of the Hawks are Trae Young and John Collins. That hit a bit of a speedbump yesterday as Collins was suspended for PEDs use. But Young, who just returned from an ankle injury yesterday in a win in San Antonio, is putting up All-Star numbers this season. If Luka Doncic didn’t exist, Young could probably be considered the brightest young star guard in the league.

In contrast, Cam Reddish, a guy who the Bulls were scoping out before the draft last summer, has struggled mightily. Through six games, and the number of games is an important caveat for all of this, he’s made just one of his 18 3-point attempts (5.6 percent).

Vince Carter gets a shout out in the preview as the NBA’s oldest sage and because he’s a total legend.

Random Stat

Vince Carter was drafted into the NBA on June 24, 1998.

There are four players on the Hawks that weren’t born yet: Young, Reddish, Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

Quote:

Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen holds himself accountable. Per a tweet from K.C. Johnson.

“I’m the head coach of the team. I’ll take responsibility for the 4th quarter.”

Must See Tweet:

There are some things that are off with Mr. Boylen right here:

1). You’ve yanked dudes before.

2). You feel like you have 15 guys to develop so that’s why you are experimenting with lineups/playing bench guys in the fourth quarter? That’s an interesting strategy.