It’s a great day to be a fan of the Chicago Bulls.
The guys in black and red have won four of their last five games. If the playoffs started today, the Bulls would sneak into the eighth seed. If you visit tankathon.com, you have to scroll down the page to see the words ‘Chicago Bulls’ because they aren’t at the top lottery standings for once.
....and even better news coming in Tuesday night. Guard Zach LaVine finally made the All-Star team earning a spot on the Eastern Conference squad. He’s the first Bull to make the All-Star game since Jimmy Butler accomplished the feat in 2017 which ironically was the last time the Bulls made the playoffs as well.
It’s nice that the Bulls are the ones beating up on teams instead of the ones being destroyed on a nightly basis.
The Bulls have a fantastic chance to keep their hot play going tonight against the seven-win, league-worst Minnesota Timberwolves.
It seems that every year the Timberwolves have some players who are good individually, but the individual talent doesn’t translate into wins. Karl Anthony Towns is good for a double-double each night and is hitting deep balls at a 42 percent clip. No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards is second among all rookies in scoring average. Malik Beasley is quietly one of the most solid scorers in the NBA. His ascension from his rookie season averaging less than four points per game has been pretty cool to see.
However, they’ve lost five in a row and nine of the last 10. They don’t have D’Angelo Russell available right now because of injury. They fired their head coach Ryan Saunders a couple days ago and in new coach Chris Finch’s first game last night they gave up 139 points to the Bucks.
The Timberwolves are an unmitigated disaster and the Bulls need to take care of them tonight.
Beyond Russell, Jarrett Culver remains out for the TWolves.
For the Bulls, no updates on the injury report.
Game Time: NBC Sports Chicago; 7:00 p.m.