Might be all we need to know for tonight...
Lakers list LeBron, AD and KCP as questionable vs. Bulls.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 8, 2021
Riding a huge comeback win against the Portland Trail Blazers earlier in the week, the Bulls let the game slip away late in the fourth quarter against the Kings. Their star guard De’Aaron Fox left the game with an injury in the first quarter further opening the door for the Bulls and intensifying the sting of the loss that night.
....and now the schedule gets ridiculously tough.
Tonight, a date with the defending champs Los Angeles Lakers. Sunday they stay in LA to play the Clippers, followed by a return to the United Center Tuesday to play the Boston Celtics. If you’re a betting person and value your money it’s probably best to wager the Bulls would go 0-3. You never know though I guess.
Obviously, the headliners for the Lakers are the two-headed monster of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The Bulls probably don’t have a prayer of stopping both of those guys simultaneously, they are hoping they can limit them enough to stay in the game. After head coach Billy Donovan unhesitatingly put rookie Patrick Williams on Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo earlier in the season, we could see the Bulls rookie matchup against LeBron James which would at least be entertaining to watch.
The good news is this is the last game where you’re going to have to burn the midnight oil in order to watch the Chicago Bulls. The bad news is that watching Davis play is a reminder that he’s from Chicago yet probably doesn’t have any interest in playing for the Bulls.
The Bulls still have several players out on COVID-19 protocol. Hopefully, they’ll start leaking back into the lineup here soon.
The Lakers list guard/forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as day-to-day with an ankle injury.
Game Time: 9:00 CDT; NBC Sports Chicago