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NBA: Orlando Magic at Chicago Bulls Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls (14-44) at Orlando Magic (27-32)

6 p.m., WGN

Injury Report:

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot missed practice on Thursday with an oblique injury but will play tonight.

Preview:

It’s been eight days since we’ve been blessed with Chicago Bulls basketball. It felt like an eternity.

The Bulls won their last game, a 122-110 win against a Memphis Grizzlies team still figuring out how to play without their recently traded star Marc Gasol. Beloved Thibs-era Bulls star Joakim Noah made a return to the United Center, netting eight points, three rebounds, and three assists.

Since that last game, Lauri Markkanen shone in the Rising Stars game, Fred Hoiberg returned to the place he never should have left [Iowa State], Windy City Bulls player Mychal Mulder earned a spot on Team Canada for the FIBA World Cup, and Robin Lopez remains employed by the Chicago Bulls.

What a world we live in.

Meanwhile, the Orlando Magic sit half a game out of a playoff spot right now with a ton to play for the rest of the season. A playoff berth would be their first since 2012 which is the third-longest active playoff drought in the NBA (behind the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns).

Nikola Vucevic became an NBA All-Star this season for the first time in his career. He’s torched the Bulls for 22.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in three games this season. If Vucevic isn’t good enough of an incentive to turn on your television and sacrifice some of your Friday night to watch the Chicago Bulls, read Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic on 24 questions the Bulls need to answer the last 24 games of the season. Given how much everybody cares about the Bulls right now, I know everybody can’t live without knowing the answers.