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Otto and Hutch still out for the Bulls.
For the Grizzlies, major problems as first-round picks Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke are out for weeks. Their injury report yesterday listed Kyle Anderson and Jonas Valanciunas as questionable.
A cool 25 point performance from Coby White sparked a late Chicago Bulls comeback to prevent an 0-2 start to the season. Zach LaVine exploded for 37 points and the Bulls were at the .500 mark for the first and only time of the season.
The Bulls got to feel good for one night.
A late comeback by the Sacramento Kings on Monday night almost changed that. Almost, but it didn’t as the Bulls pulled it together late and won 113-106. Amid a three-game losing streak with some ugly, ugly losses lumped in there, the Bulls needed a win in the worst way possible.
Who cares that De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III weren’t playing? Who cares that the Bulls almost pissed away another win? Who cares that the bench players were better than the starters?
There are no style points in the NBA and the Bulls needed a win and got one.
For the seventh time this season, the Bulls have an opportunity to string together their first two-game winning streak of the season. And again, they have ran into an extraordinary stroke of luck in terms of the state of their opponent.
To recap: they’ve played an Indiana Pacers team without their three best players. They played a Brooklyn Nets team without Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert. On Monday, the Sacramento Kings were without De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III. And now the Grizzlies are coming into the United Center on Wednesday without some of the key players on their squad.
Thirteen of their first 20 games have been against teams with current records below .500. Yet, the Bulls record is where it is. Not ideal.
It was nice to get a win in Sacramento on Monday. A lot of good things came from it including Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen simultaneously having good games for what seems like the first time this season, the Bulls baring down and closing out a game they almost let slip away, and the play of the bench.
But there have been positive things in each of the Bulls victories this season. Stuff that you thought the Bulls could build on. But, each time after a win the Bulls found themselves back in the loss column the next game.
The Bulls need consistency by building on their successes game-to-game. They haven’t done that yet this season. Is tonight finally the night they are able to do this?
Coby White has the second highest usage percentage on the team.
Hopefully Sacramento King’s star Buddy Hield’s point of view isn’t representative of how the league views the Bulls as a whole. Per The Athletic’s Jason Jones.
We didn’t respect them.” Says the Kings “Can’t be slacking”
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