6:30 p.m., NBC Chicago Sports
The Nets get a major boost tonight with small forward Caris LeVert set to play for the first time since Nov. 12 when he sustained a dislocated right foot. In 14 games before the injury, LeVert exploded for 18.4 points per game.
Spencer Dinwiddie is out after undergoing thumb surgery on Jan. 28.
We don’t know yet if Otto Porter Jr. will make his Bulls debut. As for the rest of the roster, outside of the known injuries there are a couple players who are ‘sore’ in Wayne Selden and Zach LaVine, but while they didn’t practice as much this week they are expected to play tonight.
Tonight against Brooklyn, the Bulls will get a glimpse of what they likely thought their rebuild would be looking like. The Nets are above .500, 12-6 since the new year, are teeming with young talent, and have a good developmental coach in Kenny Atkinson. They’ve been renting out their cap space and accumulating draft picks, they’ve been mentioned as a free agent destination this summer.
Even though he won’t play, tonight is also a reminder that the Bulls picked Jerian Grant, Isaiah Canaan, and Michael Carter-Williams in 2016 over Spencer Dinwiddie which worked out great. Mostly off the bench, Dinwiddie has averaged 17.2 points and 5.0 assists per game this season.
That debacle of a media session yesterday courtesy of General Manager Gar Forman and Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson kind of sucked out a lot of the remaining motivation for watching the Bulls the rest of the season. Nonetheless, we’re going to have a positive attitude and try to have some fun with the remaining 28 games left on the Bulls 2018-2019 schedule.
They’ve said multiple times it’s about development, and that’s something that would be nice to actually see on the court and not hidden in the practice facility.