After losing for the 14th time in their previous 15 games, the injuries-riddled Bulls ultimately caught a break.
They boarded a airplane for Miami, wherever it will be about 85 degrees warmer than Chicago on Wednesday.
In this article are a few takeaways from their newest defeat, a 122-117 selection at the fingers of the Nets:
1. Lauri Markkanen posted a massive variety.
But it came in rebounds, not factors. Markkanen grabbed a vocation-large 19 boards, as the 7-footer done additional like a standard 7-footer.
“I have not been taking pictures that effectively,” he mentioned, “so I have to consider to make it up somehow. That is one particular way to influence the match.”
Coach Jim Boylen was additional, effectively, bullish on the feat: “Lauri is a profitable participant he will do whatever he can to help the workforce gain. I’m happy of him for that. That is a heck of an accomplishment towards a good rebounding workforce.”
Markkanen’s enhanced rebounding figures — 34 in his previous two games — might mirror that he’s absolutely earlier the appropriate elbow injuries that price him the season’s first 24 games.
“He does not appear to be to be wondering about it as significantly,” Boylen mentioned. “You might have some thing there. I just assume he’s a terrific kid and is seeking to help the workforce gain.”
Markkanen, by the way, will play in his 2nd straight Increasing Stars Challenge throughout All-Star weekend. The 2nd-calendar year ahead will play for Crew Globe on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Spectrum Heart in Charlotte, N.C.
“It was fun previous calendar year,” he mentioned, “so I’m energized about it and honored to be in that match.”
Boylen was upset that rookie Wendell Carter, out after thumb medical procedures, was not offered a location on the bench.
“Even with the injuries he ought to be on that workforce — at the very least be a portion of it, albeit with a solid,” the mentor mentioned.
Carter assumed he was deserving but extra: “I’m not stressing about that. We’ve received even larger troubles.”
2. Jabari Parker is prompt offense.
The Chicago indigenous scored 22 factors in a very little much less than 23 minutes, his ideal output given that he scored 24 on Nov. 28.
Boylen, who benched Parker for nine straight games shortly after staying elevated to head mentor, offered unsolicited praise after the match: “I assumed Jabari played effectively and was aggressive offensively. He received some scrap buckets, some toughness buckets.”
His 10-for-15 taking pictures was the team’s most economical. Parker also completed with nine rebounds and a few assists.
3. Shut ain’t good plenty of.
The Bulls led 54-50 at halftime but gave up 72 2nd-50 % factors. Questioned why his workforce simply cannot stage on the throats of its opponents, Boylen replied: “How do you stage on ’em? What you do is you guard. You make ’em occur by means of you. And you do not switch it over. Turnovers were an issue for us tonight.”
Kris Dunn dedicated a match-large 6. The Bulls coughed it up 15 instances to the Nets’ 8.