NBC Sports Chicago, 7:00 p.m.
Lauri Markkanen is back tonight!
...but Zach LaVine is still out.
For the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns is out indefinitely with a broken wrist.
The Last Time:
During a stretch of season where they won six of 10 games, the Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 at the United Center.
Minnesota wasted a 40-point performance from Karl-Anthony Towns. Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen had one of their few games where both guys played well. They had 25 points and 21 points respectively.
The Timberwolves aren’t very good. They are coming off a hard-fought win against the New Orleans Pelicans last night. Towns is still out.
Basically, no excuse for the Chicago Bulls to drop this one. Really, even if Zach LaVine doesn’t play the Bulls really should still find a way to win.
After major trade deadline lineup shakeups, it’s a valid question if anybody outside Minnesota remembers who the Timberwolves have on their roster anymore. The obvious exception is D’Angelo Russell who is averaging 23.7 points per game in his time in Minnesota so far to go along with 7.7 assists per game.
Here are some game thoughts and reasons why you should tune in.
- All remnants of the legend of the TimberBulls are almost gone. The strongest connection that remains is James Johnson, a guy who played in Chicago a million years ago it seems. Admittedly, it was a lot more fun when half the Timberwolves roster was former Bulls players led of course by howling, screaming Tom Thibodeau. It’s surreal to think Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Luol Deng, Jamal Crawford, and John Lucas III all played on the Timberwolves within the last three or four years.
- The Bulls are 1-0 in 2020 with Otto Porter Jr. on the court. He scored 18 points on 7-for-11 from the field the other night against Dallas, providing the Bulls with a perimeter defense presence they’ve sorely missed since Kris Dunn went down with an injury. He helped the Bulls beat a solid Dallas Mavericks team, significant because the Bulls don’t beat good teams very often. One game aberration? Or is the Porter effect significant enough to help the Bulls win at a steadier rate the rest of the season, even though his presence wasn’t enough at the start of the season? Only way to find out is by tuning in.