Chuck Swirsky’s January 19, 2020 Daily Check-in

From Chuck Swirsky at nba.com: FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER: Bulls 118, Cleveland 116 (Bulls: 15-28, 8-14 at home) LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: LaVine: 42 pts. Cavs: Love: 29pts. LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: LaVine: 6. Cavs: Thompson: 8. LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Satoransky: 8. Cavs: Love 6. STAT OF THE GAME: The Cavs scored 14-fourth quarter points and committed 10 turnovers. Overall, Cleveland posted 26 turnovers leading to 33 Bulls points. 2ND STAT OF THE GAME: Zach LaVine scored 21 of his games high 42 points in the fourth quarter. RECAP: The Bulls rallied from a 19 point, third-quarter deficit to beat…

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Bulls rook Daniel Gafford out two to four weeks

Chicago Bulls rookie center Daniel Gafford will be out for two to four weeks with a dislocated right thumb, per The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania. Since he finally started getting some run, the Arkansas product has been a pleasant surprise. His high energy and effort has made it impossible for even Bulls head coach Jim Boylen not to find minutes for Gafford. Already without Wendell Carter Jr, Gafford’s injury means that we will see even more of Thaddeus Young, who has appeared uncomfortable in the Bulls offensive system, and…

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Otto Porter return unknown

The timetable for Chicago Bulls’ forward Otto Porter is unknown, according to a report by Eric Woodyard of ESPN. Porter was diagnosed with a left foot sprain and will not play in the Bulls game against the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Bulls head coach Jim Boylen had this to say according to Woodyard: “It’s a soft tissue injury so it’s something that’s difficult to put a timetable on. That’s about as easy as I could say. We’re not exactly sure.“I don’t want to give you a definite timetable because it…

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Luol Deng signs with Bulls, retirement imminent

From Bulls.com : The Chicago Bulls announced today the signing of Luol Deng. After signing, Deng made known his intent to retire from the NBA. “We’re very fortunate and humbled that Luol has chosen to retire as a Chicago Bull,” said President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf. “He was a role model on and off the court during his nine-plus years in Chicago, and he gave everything he had to help us win. I want to thank Luol for not only what he accomplished on the court for the…

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Chandler Hutchison suffers hamstring injury

Bulls wing Chandler Hutchison suffered a hamstring injury yesterday during a workout. The Bulls announced the injury earlier today. If Bulls fans are letting out collective groans it is because last season the injury bug kicked the team in the junk before the season began with several key players (Lauri Markkanen, elbow; Kris Dunn, MCL; Bobby Portis MCL) missing substantial time and Denzel Valentine was out for the entire season with an ankle injury (that had nothing to do with what Frank Nitty did to him in the Drew League.…

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Boylen adds rockets assistant to staff

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Chicago Bulls have hired former Houston Rockets assistant coach Roy Rogers to join Jim Boylen’s staff. Rogers had spent the three previous seasons on Mike D’Antoni’s staff prior to being the second of four staff members who were informed they would not be brought back for the upcoming season. Rogers coaching resume also includes time with the Nets (2013-14 and Washington Wizards, (2014-16) as assistant coaches.

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Bulls extend Boylen (for some reason)

Friday, the  Chicago Bulls decided that Jim Boylen was the man to lead their franchise back to prominence, as they extended him for another three years.  While this came as no shock to me,  as the Bulls over the past decade-and-a-half have a proven track record of making mystifying moves.  To say the least, it is not prudent to turn your franchise over to a coach that suffered a near mutiny shortly after taking over team and stubbornly implementing an offensive system that predates the El Camino.  Despite the baggage the Bulls have,…

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Otto Porter out against the Hawks

Chicago Bullls small forward Otto Porter will be out for the Chicago Bulls game with the Atlanta Hawks, for the ever-popular “load management”. Since being acquired by the Bulls, in the eight games he has played, he’s averaging 19.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34.8 minutes per game, all improved numbers from his time with the Washington Wizards, where he posted numbers of 12.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 29.0 minutes per contest.

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