Hey, the Bulls won last night. The Magic were down their usual entire forward rotation plus as an added bonus after the first game (a Bulls loss) were also missing Evan Fornier.
So it was a pretty pointless endeavor if we’re truly about #EvaluationSZN. That said, winning such a game - where Denzel Valentine plays enough to hoist 17 field goal attempts (no free throws, of course) and Cristiano Felicio is credited by beat reporters for a ‘solid stretch’ - is better than losing it!
And as we know, the Bulls were without a lot of guys too. All in the frontcourt, plus a desire to keep from grinding Thad Young into dust, plus seeing Daniel Gafford overmatched against starting-level competition (Nikola Vucevic was active for Orlando’s otherwise-GLeague-level crew), and Chandler Hutchison is on a Wanted (more like not wanted, folks) poster. So it meant a Denzel Valentine start at forward and lots of Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple, and Ryan Arcidiacono in lineups throughout the game.
More interestingly, it meant rookie Patrick Williams was at power forward a lot these past two contests. And he had two of his most productive games of the season: overall with 36 points on 24 shot attempts in 67 minutes.
Again, the Magic are down to their 4th string in that role specifically, but still! This team in general is in a real lack of interest mode until a trade takes place (and, ugh, what if these injuries are significant to the point where it ruins a trade, ugh-ugh), but Williams in particular is interesting. Let’s look and enjoy: