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Chicago Bulls vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Preview and thread: another (supposedly) easy one

Gotta win this one boys

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Chicago Bulls (22-29) at Minnesota Timberwolves (13-40)

Big news in Wolves world.

MLB legend Alex Rodriguez and billionaire Marc Lore will purchase the Minnesota Timberwolves, gaining full control of the franchise starting in 2023.

It’s fascinating that ARod owns an NBA franchise before an MLB one. But not everybody is loving the idea of the new ownership.

In the meantime though, the Minnesota Timberwolves are terrible. Like literal worst team in the NBA terrible. Individually, the Wolves have some pieces but collectively they still haven’t been able to figure out how to translate that into wins.

Rookie Anthony Edwards has earned himself a spot in the Rookie of the Year conversation, averaging nearly 18 points per game. Karl-Anthony Towns is still one of the best centers in the league. D’Angelo Russell is back after missing extended time adding another good scorer into the mix. Once again though, the individual parts continue to be much better than the sum of those parts as evidenced by that embarrassing record.

After spoiling a 50-point performance from Zach LaVine a couple nights ago, there is really no excuse for the Bulls to lose this game. It’d be nice to get a more balanced effort out of the offense and for it not to just be the LaVine and Vuc show again.

In that loss against the Atlanta Hawks, we saw possibly the best version of the LaVine and Vucevic duo and the Bulls still lost. When the Hawks ran double and triple teams at Zach, he had to dish to open teammates who weren’t able to deliver in any sort of consistent fashion.

It’s really not a good look when your two best players combine for 75 points on efficient scoring and you still lose by double digits.

The Chicago Bulls need to figure out who else they can rely on offensively besides Zach and Vuc. Will tonight bring any clarity to that question?

Injury Report:

Garrett Temple report:

For the Wolves, they just got D’Angelo Russell back last week, but very quickly then lost Malik Beasley for the season (likely). Jaylen Nowell is questionable.

Game Time: NBC Sports Chicago; 7:00 p.m. CDT