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

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Chicago Bulls (8-17) vs. Atlanta Hawks (6-17)

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Injury Report:

Same no-wing lineup. A bunch of guys were added with minor ailments (LaVine’s shoulder, Coby White’s hamstring, etc.) but all are available.

Hawks have a clean injury sheet, still missing John Collins...a lot

The Last Time:

The Atlanta Hawks came out flat and played terrible. Trae Young had his second-lowest point output of the season, scoring nine points on 3-for-12 from the field and dishing out just three assists. Our old buddy Jabari Parker had a bit of a revenge game scoring 18 points as the Hawks fell 113-93. Tomas Satoransky had one of his best games of the season, racking up 27 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. The Bulls jumped out to a 33-19 first quarter lead and weren’t really challenged the rest of the game.

Preview:

The Hawks have six wins in a massively disappointing season and are coming off an overtime loss against the Miami Heat just last night. They then had to travel out to Chicago and will have to lace up the shoes to play again less than 24 hours after the exhausting loss to Miami (during this game Vince Carter became the fifth player in NBA history to appear in 1500 career games; the other four are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, Robert Parish, and John Stockton).

All signs point to a Bulls win tonight. But, if you’ve watched at all this season you know the Bulls have been really bad at winning when they’re supposed to.

The Hawks may be in the midst of a more disappointing season than the Bulls. Outside of Trae Young, who is putting together an All-Star season. He’s fourth in the NBA in scoring (28.8 per game) and fifth in the NBA in assists per game (8.4 per game). He already has two win shares this season, and the Hawks as a whole only have six wins.

Outside of that, the Hawks have a lot of young guys who haven’t figured it out together as a group. John Collins is in the midst of a performance enhancing drug suspension. The Hawks were 2-3 when he played this season. The Athletic’s Shams Charania is reporting now that frustration is mounting internally and management has promised to get Young help before the trade deadline.

So the Bulls may not be the biggest disaster in the NBA not named the New York Knicks after all.

The Bulls just have a key player whose injury gets worse and worse every week, an eternally optimistic coach who maybe isn’t so great at his job, and a laundry list of underperforming players. But they have eight wins instead of just six, don’t have a player on a PED suspension, and the Bulls rookie (Coby White) is playing better than the Atlanta Hawks rookie (Cam Reddish) so far this season.

The glass is always half full with these Bulls. At least that is what those in charge always want to trick us into thinking.

Stat:

During the great tankathon of 2018-2019, the Bulls were 5-20 through their first 25 games of the season, three games worse than they are through that same number of games this season. Progress, right?

In the tankathon this season, there are somehow seven teams with worse records than the Bulls. So, Chicago is decently positioned to pick seventh in the draft for the fourth year in a row. That would be wild.

Quote:

Zach LaVine continues to say all the right things despite his own struggles. Per Darnell Mayberry of the Athletic.

“I don’t work my ass off to be a No. 2 guy or a No. 3 guy. I want to be a superstar,” LaVine said. “I want to be a top of the league type dude. And that’s what I see myself as. And I’m going to continue to strive for that and reach for my goals. That’s why I work so hard for it. I don’t sacrifice my entire summer and grind my life away to be just a regular guy in the NBA.”

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