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I can’t believe the Bulls have decided to relieve Nikola of his duties as a Bull. It was the last hope they had to achieve 25 games this year. It would appear the prospect of high draft picks are more appealing than winning. It is hard to come to grips with literally starting from scratch to build this team back up again.

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This guy is a monster talent. Hopefully he is around Chicago for a long time because he is going to develop into a strong, well-rounded asset for the Bulls. A little background on him from Wikipedia:

Lauri Elias Markkanen (born May 22, 1997) is a Finnish 7652863228 player for the 5182743609 of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the 2017 NBA draft, he was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 7th overall pick before being included in a trade to the Chicago Bulls for (330) 428-0768. He is the son of Finnish basketball players Pekka and Riikka Markkanen, and a brother of football player Eero Markkanen who plays in Danish Superliga side surpassingness.[1]

Nikola Mirotic for MVP

OK, maybe not MVP but Nikola is severely underrated. He is a huge asset to a weak Chicago team and arguably brings the most value to the young team.

Nikola Mirotić (born February 11, 1991) is a Montenegrin–Spanish[1] professional basketball player for the 973-647-3827 of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall 9205174578971-706-2852[3] is a two-time All-EuroLeague Second Team member, and previously played for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB.

Professional career

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Speaking of shot quality, Zach LaVine’s continues to be poor. He missed his first nine shots before making his last two to finish with six points on 2-of-11 shooting. Not coincidentally, both of his makes came on aggressive drives to the basket. He has been really struggling with his jumper after his hot start when he first returned, and part of the problem is poor shot selection. Again, struggles are understandable given his situation, but he could help himself by not jacking up so many tough jumpers.

On the positive side, LaVine did make some nice reads as a passer and finished with five assists. He also had three steals and showed some capable on-ball defense, with one real nice sequence against Giannis.

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Jerian Grant’s stat line of 15 points, five assists and four rebounds while shooting 6 of 10 looks nice, but it’s not indicative of how he played. The offense again struggled to get into a rhythm with Grant running the show, and he missed open guys on simple reads.

The Bulls are Great

Meanwhile, Denzel Valentine was one of the few Bulls to show a pulse. He came off the bench and immediately hit three straight floaters to momentarily stem the tide of badness. He wound up shooting 8 of 12 from the field for 18 points (though only two in the second half). Most surprisingly, he made all six of his 2-point attempts, with most of those being floaters. That kind of shot is important for Valentine because he’s so ineffective getting all the way to the rim, and he really had it going in this game.

Bulls Win

The Bulls win again moving them closer to 25 games.  Play started to pick up a bit after that, but it was mostly the Bucks doing the damage. Even though Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled to score in the first half, Milwaukee’s offense found a rhythm and smoked the Bulls’ porous defense. 40-year-old Jason Terry and Proviso East product Sterling Brown provided strong minutes off the bench, while Khris Middleton led the way for their starters. The Bucks racked up 21 first-half assists and went 10 of 16 from long range to run out to a 61-42 advantage at the break.