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No updates on the Bulls from last night, when they played Luke Kornet and Cristiano Felicio 42 minutes at the center position in Philadelphia.
For the Cavs, a few guys are out: Brandon Knight, Ante Zizic, John Henson. Dante Exum is questionable. There was thought that on a back-to-back they’d rest Kevin Love, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
The Last Time:
The Bulls somehow lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-111 at the end of October.
It was Tristan Thompson night; he had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love tied a franchise record with 16 boards in the first half. The third leg of the Cavaliers triumvirate Collin Sexton added 18 points to the mix. He also did this to Wendell Carter Jr.
Collin Sexton throws it DOWN on Wendell Carter Jr. pic.twitter.com/UtvcLSq4mg— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) October 31, 2019
This is going to be a disaster.
Bulls are stuck in Philadelphia tonight due to inclement weather in Chicago.— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) January 18, 2020
Cavs are stuck in Memphis tonight due to inclement weather in Chicago.
The Bulls and Cavs are scheduled to play tomorrow night in Chicago. As of now, both teams planning on flying tomorrow.
Snow is a drag on basketball in Chicago in the winter. Last season, one of the Los Angeles Clippers buses to the United Center was moving at a turtle’s pace down Madison Street during a snowstorm and half the team arrived at the UC just before tipoff.
The funniest part of the whole debacle is that Patrick Beverly, a Chicago native, told the bus driver to ditch Madison Street and go down Jackson Boulevard. The problem is that Jackson is one-way street west to east so that wasn’t happening.
Despite it all, the Clippers still beat the Bulls 106-101.
It snowed pretty bad around the Midwest last night into this morning, so it’ll be interesting to find out what time both planes get into Chicago today.
Now let’s stop talking about snow and start talking about the game. The Cavaliers most newsworthy moments of the season have mostly involved a disgruntled Kevin Love throwing tantrums because he’s sick of being part of a rebuild at this stage in his career or head coach John Beilein’s failed speeches.
It’s hard though to feel sorry for a guy who signed a four-year contract valued at $120 million. Even more unlucky for Love, is that he is in the first year of what will likely be a contract that will be very hard to move via trade.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have dropped three straight and have the fourth-worst record in the association. The bright spot is Collin Sexton———a tough as nails 21-year-old point guard who leads the team with 19 points per game. He doesn’t shoot very efficiently all the time and despite being the starting point guard he is ninth on the team in assists per 36 minutes. But, he is something that Cleveland can at least get excited about and that team and fanbase needs that in the dark days since LeBron James took his talents to a warmer, more westerly land.
The Bulls continue to pile up wins against the krill of the league and haven’t been able to beat really anybody else. We live in a world where Luke Kornet plays one less minute and takes one more shot than Lauri Markkanen. We also live in a world where injuries to young big men have forced Kornet and Cristiano Felicio into 20+ minute per game roles.
R.I.P. Chicago Bulls defensive rating.
Kris Dunn continues to lead the league in steals per 36 minutes with 2.9 swipes.
Lauri Markkanen had this to say about his lack of aggression this season.
Markkanen: "I know I can probably attack the rim a little bit more often and be more aggressive and try to get to my spots. But I didn’t feel that I had the opportunities where I could really attack the closeout. So I just tried to play the system and find the open man."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 18, 2020