A quick hit Wednesday
It’s a Three-Peat!!! The Bulls beat the 1st place Boston Celtics on Monday night 108-85, pushing their win streak to a respectable 3 in a row.
Lauri Markkanen sat out the contest with back spasms, and the Celtics sat superstar Kyrie Irving with an injury to his quadriceps. No Lauri, no problem for the Bulls.
Lauri resting his back-
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 11, 2017
David Nwaba had another quality night: 13 points, 6 rebounds and a steal. He has solidified his place in the rotation, and is going to force the Bulls to make some tough decisions in the future – Keep him or see what you can get for him in a trade.
Great look at Nwaba’s impact. Forces untouchable Terry into a wild miss, rebounds, gets up the floor, draws a foul. His movement creates offense outside the set plays pic.twitter.com/8bTNO0Co6S
— Will Gottlieb (@wontgottlieb) December 12, 2017
Kris Dunn was also solid (12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists), only turning the ball over once in his 24 minutes played.
But the night belonged to the gruesome twosome… Both Niko Mirotic and Bobby Portis stepped up in place of the absent Markkanen; Niko poured in 24 points and Bobby added 23. The Bulls are now 3-0 with Niko Mirotic on the floor.
It was nice to see the two big men show out on a night when the stage was set to be theirs. This win against Boston is the kind of win that makes the league sit up and take notice. The performances of Mirotic and Portis will be noted by prospective trade partners, and should raise an eyebrow or two around the league. Hopefully, their trade value will also rise.
The search for more draft picks
As it stands right now, the Bulls have legitimate trade pieces in David Nwaba, Justin Holiday and Robin Lopez, two prospective trade pieces in Mirotic and Portis, and a ton of cap space to take bad contracts off of other teams books. Oh, and they also have Denzel Valentine, who a team might want for his ability to shoot three pointers. All in all, the Bulls are positioned well to capitalize on other teams pushing for the playoffs.
The Worst Records in the NBA:
Atlanta Hawks: 6-21 .222
Chicago Bulls: 6-20 .231
Dallas Mavericks: 8-20 .286
Memphis Grizzlies: 8-19 .296
Phoenix Suns: 9-20 .310