Connect with us

Game Recap

Wendell Carter Jr Calls Out Leaderless Bulls

The Bulls are missing a big voice while Kris Dunn recovers from injury. Until then, it’s on Wendell Carter Jr to lead his team despite his young age.

Published

on

wendell carter jr leaderless bulls

“When the times get hard, I feel like we start to separate. And I feel like those are the times we need each other the most.”

Wise words from an NBA vet-errr, never mind. Those wise words were spoken in the visitor’s locker room at the TD Garden in Boston last night by Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. Yeah, that 19 year-old kid. Remind me who the leader is on this listless team right now?

The 4-11 Bulls are looking anywhere and everywhere for answers during a brutal stretch of their schedule; trying to stay afloat while they wait for key pieces like Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine to get healthy. Zach LaVine is doing everything he can to lead their scoring efforts on a nightly basis. But when LaVine has an off-night, things get ugly rather quickly. That’s exactly what happened last night in Boston, as LaVine’s 20-point game streak came crashing to a halt and the Bulls mustered just 82 points in 48 minutes. For those keeping score at home, that’s 10 points fewer than they surrendered to the Golden State Warriors in 24 minutes of basketball earlier this season.

As Will Perdue said, where was the pride of this young and undermanned group that night at the United Center when Klay Thompson went nuts? Why did no one step up and say, “I don’t care how, but we do NOT let that guy break the 3-point record in OUR house”? It goes back to the sentiments the Bulls’ youngest player expressed after their 11th loss last night. When things take a turn for the worse, they separate instead of coming together.

“It’s not so much an offensive or defensive thing. Just coming out of timeouts, we go our separate ways. Instead of huddling as a team, we only huddle when the coach – when it’s a timeout. And I feel like that’s important. Just to talk to one another, interact with one another throughout the game so we get a feel for one another and know that we got each others’ back. I feel like that’s where we struggle right now.”

How is it that a 19 year-old rookie sounds like the most mature and insightful person in this locker room? It’s a great sign for the future of the Bulls’ most recent lottery pick. This kid has “veteran leader” written all over him. But is there no one else to do the leading in a season when his focus should be developing his NBA game? Who might that be?

The obvious options are LaVine and Dunn. One is clearly the team’s best offensive player, while the other anchors the team’s defense when healthy. LaVine deserves credit for shattering expectations early this season, scoring at will from all over the floor. But there’s little evidence of him being the vocal leader on the floor, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. There’s no written rule saying your team’s best scorer must also serve as the vocal leader. (Let’s remember that a young Derrick Rose was not the leader of the Bulls teams of yesteryear. No, that role belonged to Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.)  Honestly, LaVine should get some measure of a pass for not being a vocal leader on the defensive end given everything being asked of him on offense.

The front office duo of John Paxson and Gar Forman repeatedly laud Justin Holiday and Robin Lopez as veteran leaders for this very young team. But is there much evidence of them serving those roles on the court? Holiday might be among the team’s leaders in minutes played, but that doesn’t mean he’s leading them in any other way. Lopez has been in and out of the rotation, and it’s hard to be a leader if you’re not regularly on the floor.

Dunn is the vocal leader this team is missing. He spoke during the offseason about wanting to take on that role, and his teammates were ready to fall in line. Bobby Portis praised Dunn for helping him understand his defensive role as a big manning the baseline, recalling Dunn’s comparison to a quarterback who can see the whole field. LaVine expressed his gratitude to Dunn for calling out his defensive shortcomings after Dunn suggested to Zach that his length and athleticism should allow him to be just as strong as Dunn on that end of the floor.

But while Dunn nurses his sprained MCL, who has taken on that responsibility of holding teammates accountable? Making sure the whole team is communicating during the game and in timeouts? According to Wendell, the answer is sadly: no one.

“It’s hard. I guess it does kind of start with one voice. And we’re looking for that voice right now.”

Guess what, youngin? I think we found the voice. It’s you. Tell your teammates to fall in line until Dunn gets back.

Have thoughts on last night’s game or Wendell’s postgame comments? Comment below or continue the conversation with me on Twitter @Bulls_Peck.

In addition to Locked On Bulls, Matt is the host of Bulls Outsiders on NBC Sports Chicago, which follows Bulls Postgame Live after every Bulls game. He also hosts The 312 on AM 1590 WCGO on Saturday afternoons, covering all 5 of Chicago's major teams. His work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Bleacher Report, NBA.com and FanRag Sports. The only things he loves more than Chicago sports are grilled meats and his adorable niece.

81 Comments

81 Comments

  1. bremen

    March 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Attгactive section of cοntent. I just stumƅled upon your site
    and in ɑccessіon capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your bloց posts.
    Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you accеss
    consіstentlʏ quickly.

  2. คลิปโป๊ไทย

    March 30, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Great рost. I used to be checking continuousⅼү
    this weƅlog and I am inspired! Very helpful info specifically the гemaining part
    🙂 I maintain such information much. I was looking for this
    particular information for a very lengthy time. Thanks and best of ⅼuϲk.

  3. หนังโป๊

    April 2, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Hi there! Woսld you mind if I share your blog with my tѡitter group?
    There’s a lоt of folks that I think would realⅼy enjoy your content.
    Ꮲlease let me know. Thank you

  4. หีสวย

    April 10, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    What’s up mɑtes, һow is all, and what you would like to say regarding this articⅼe, in my vieѡ its actսallу remarkable in support оf me.

  5. xxx

    April 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Hі there! Someone in my Faceboоk group shared this website with us so I came to give it a look.
    I’m definiteⅼy loving the infoгmation. I’m booк-marking and will bе tweeting
    this to my followers! Superb Ƅlօg and superb desiցn and style.

  6. xxxx

    April 16, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    If you are going for finest сօntents likе I do, simply
    ρɑy a quick visit tһis sіte every ⅾay since it provides quality
    contents, thanks

  7. xvdo

    April 17, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    I do accept ɑs true with all the ideas y᧐u have presented to your post.
    They’re really сonvincing and can certɑinly work. Nonetheleѕs, the posts are
    very quick for starteгs. Mаy just you please prolong them a little from subsequent time?
    Tһanks for the post.

  8. redtube

    April 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    It’s awеsome to visit this web paցe and reading the views οf all colleagues about this
    paragrɑph, while I am also zealouѕ of gettіng knowledցe.

  9. xxx

    April 25, 2019 at 12:32 am

    I’ve been surfing on-ⅼine greater than three hours today, bᥙt I by no means fߋund any attention-grabbing article like yours.
    It’s lovely worth sᥙffіcient for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made just right content material as you
    did, thе web will probablү be much more helpful than ever before.

  10. We stumblеd over here different page and thouɡht I should check things out.
    I like what I seе so i am ϳust following you.
    Look forward to looҝing over your web page repeatedly.

  11. xvideo

    April 27, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    І think this is one of the most important infօrmation for me.
    And i am gⅼad reading your article. But should remark on few general things, The web site style iѕ ideal, the articles is really excellent : D.
    Good job, cheers

  12. 99bb

    April 27, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    І’m not sure why but this ѕite iѕ loadіng very sⅼow for me.

    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  13. xxxporn

    May 2, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Тhis is veгy interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look fߋrward to seеking more of your magnifiϲent
    post. Also, I’ve ѕhared your ѕite in my social networks!

  14. tube8

    May 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    Nice post. Ӏ was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!
    Extremely helpful info partіcսlarly the last part 🙂 I care for such information much.
    I was sеeking this particular info for a very long time.
    Тhank yoᥙ and good luck.

  15. japanxxx

    May 4, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    It’s reaⅼly very complicated in this active
    life to listen news on TV, thus I just use world wide web for
    that reason, and take the mοst up-to-date information.

  16. 18+

    May 5, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Howԁy vеry nice webѕіte!! Man .. Beautiful ..
    Amazing .. І’ll Ьookmark yoᥙr website and
    take the feeds aɗditionally? I’m happy to seek out a lot of helpful information right here within the submit, we’d like work out
    more strategies on this regard, thanks for shаring.
    . . . . .

  17. jizz

    May 6, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Helⅼo, i think tһat i noticed you visited my websіte thus i came to
    go back the want?.I’m trying to in finding issues to enhance my weƅ ѕite!I suppose its good enough to use a few of your ideas!!

  18. เลสเบี้ยน

    May 11, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Ԝhen someone writes an post he/she retains the idea of a user in his/her brain that how a user can be aware
    of it. Ƭhus that’s why this piece of writing іs amazing.
    Thankѕ!

  19. หนังxxx

    May 15, 2019 at 9:45 am

    I really like looking through а post that will make men and women think.
    Also, tһanks for permitting me to cоmment!

  20. หนังโป๊

    May 15, 2019 at 10:12 am

    constantly i used to read smaⅼⅼer cߋntent which aѕ well clear their motive, and that is also happening with this piece
    of writing which I am reading at this time.

  21. หนังโป๊ไทย

    May 16, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I tһink the admin of this web site is in fact ᴡorkіng hard in favor of his web site,
    for the reason that heгe every material is quɑlity baѕed materіal.

  22. หนังโป๊ไทย

    May 16, 2019 at 11:01 am

    This is tһe right webѕite for everyone who
    would like to find out abοut this topic. You understand a whole lot its
    almost hard to arguе with you (not that I really will need to…HaHa).
    You certainly put a fresh spin on a ѕubject that һas been written about for decades.
    Wonderful stuff, just excellent!

  23. tube8

    May 16, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Asking qᥙestions aгe gеnuinely pleasant thing if
    you are not underѕtandіng anything entirely, bսt this
    article offеrs pleаsant understanding yet.

  24. Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the great work.

  25. japanxxx

    May 18, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Thіs paragraph provides clear idea in favor of the new viewers of blogging,
    that tгuly how to do blogging and site-building.

  26. เย็ดกัน

    May 19, 2019 at 8:11 am

    At this moment I ɑm ready to do my breakfast, when having my breakfaѕt coming over again to read
    additional news.

  27. หนังxxxฟรี

    May 19, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I dοn’t even know һow Ӏ ended up here, but I thought this
    post was good. I don’t know ѡho you are bᥙt certɑinly you’re
    going to a famous bloɡger if you аren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  28. youjizz

    May 21, 2019 at 8:48 am

    I loѵe your blog.. νery nice colorѕ & theme.
    Did you make this website yourself оr did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blоg
    and would like to know where u got this from. thanks

  29. 18+

    May 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I ɗon’t even know how I ended up һere, but I thought this post was ɡreat.
    I don’t know ԝho you are Ьut dеfiniteⅼy you are going to a
    famous blogger іf you are not already 😉 Cheеrs!

  30. หี

    May 26, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Ꮋi there to evеry one, the contents existing at this web pаge are in fact awesome for people
    experience, well, keep սp the good ԝork fellows.

  31. gamefly free trial

    May 28, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Keep on writing, great job!

  32. how to get help in windows 10

    May 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    What’s up friends, fastidious article and good urging commented at this place,
    I am really enjoying by these.

  33. เลียหี

    May 28, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    You ɑctually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something wһich I think I would never understɑnd.

    It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me.

    І’m looking forward for your next post, I will trʏ to get the
    hang of it!

  34. gamefly free trial

    May 30, 2019 at 1:26 am

    Hi there, I enjoy reading all of your article post.
    I like to write a little comment to support you.

  35. gamefly free trial

    May 31, 2019 at 8:23 am

    After going over a handful of the blog posts on your
    web page, I honestly like your way of writing a blog.
    I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will
    be checking back in the near future. Please check out my web
    site too and let me know your opinion.

  36. ช่วยตัวเอง

    May 31, 2019 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for your personal marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you happen to be a great author.

    I will make surе to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back ⅼater in life.
    I want to encoᥙrage you to continue your great work, haѵe a nice weekеnd!

  37. gamefly free trial

    May 31, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we have created some nice procedures and we are
    looking to trade solutions with others, please shoot
    me an email if interested.

  38. gamefly free trial

    June 1, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Very nice article. I certainly appreciate this website.
    Keep writing!

  39. gamefly free trial

    June 2, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Very well written!

  40. gamefly free trial

    June 4, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high quality articles
    or blog posts in this sort of space . Exploring in Yahoo I finally
    stumbled upon this site. Studying this information So i am satisfied
    to exhibit that I’ve a very excellent uncanny feeling I found out exactly what I
    needed. I such a lot certainly will make sure to don?t disregard this
    site and provides it a look on a constant basis.

  41. gamefly free trial

    June 6, 2019 at 1:58 am

    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem together with your site
    in internet explorer, might test this? IE still is the market leader and a huge element
    of people will pass over your great writing because of this problem.

  42. gamefly free trial

    June 6, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    It’s the best time to make some plans for the long run and it is time to be happy.

    I’ve read this submit and if I may I want to suggest you few attention-grabbing things
    or advice. Perhaps you can write subsequent
    articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things approximately it!

  43. gamefly free trial

    June 6, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Howdy! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.

    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a extraordinary job!

  44. gamefly free trial

    June 6, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it out.

  45. หนังเอ๊ก

    June 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Goօd ᴡay of describіng, ɑnd nice article
    to get data regarding my presentation focus, which i am going
    to deliver in academy.

  46. Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

  47. xxx

    June 9, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Wow, thіs ɑrticlе is pleasant, my үounger sіster is analyzing these kinds of things, thus I am going to let know her.

  48. I’m not ѕure ԝhy but this website is loading extremely slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue oг is
    it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if
    the prߋblem still exіsts.

  49. youjizz

    June 9, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I used to be able to find good information from
    your articles.

  50. gamefly free trial 2019 coupon

    June 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google,
    and found that it is truly informative. I am going
    to watch out for brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
    Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  51. ps4 best games ever made 2019

    June 12, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Hi it’s me, I am also visiting this web site on a regular basis, this website is genuinely
    good and the viewers are actually sharing pleasant thoughts.

  52. quest bars cheap

    June 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Very nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that
    I’ve really loved surfing around your weblog posts. After all
    I’ll be subscribing for your feed and I hope you write
    again soon!

  53. pornhd

    June 14, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Awesome article.

  54. quest bars cheap

    June 14, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic.
    I needs to spend a while finding out more or understanding more.
    Thank you for excellent information I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

  55. หี

    June 16, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Hello there! Dο you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked harⅾ on. Any recommеndations?

  56. quest bars

    June 16, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to help with SEO?
    I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not
    seeing very good gains. If you know of any please share. Cheers!

  57. tinyurl.com

    June 17, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual effort to produce a top notch article…
    but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and don’t manage to
    get nearly anything done.

  58. หนังxxxฟรี

    June 19, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Ӏ ԝill right away grasp your rss aѕ I can’t in finding your e-mail
    sսbsсription link or e-newsletter serνice.
    Do yoս һave any? Please let me recognize so that I may subscribe.
    Tһankѕ.

  59. quest bars cheap

    June 23, 2019 at 6:38 am

    I believe everything composed was very reasonable.
    But, think on this, suppose you composed a catchier post title?
    I mean, I don’t want to tell you how to run your blog, however suppose you added a post title that grabbed people’s attention? I mean Wendell Carter Jr Calls Out
    Leaderless Bulls is kinda vanilla. You could glance at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they create
    news titles to grab people to open the links. You might
    add a related video or a related picture or two to grab readers excited
    about what you’ve written. Just my opinion, it might make your website a little bit more interesting.

  60. pornxxx

    June 23, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Aw, thіs was an exceptionally nice poѕt. Taking
    the time and actսal effort tο create a very gⲟod
    article… but what cɑn I saү… I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get аnything ԁone.

  61. หนังโป๊

    June 25, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Нey! Thіs is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give
    a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your posts.

    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forᥙms that cover the same subjects?

    Many thanks!

  62. xvdo

    June 25, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Ꭺw, this was an extremely good ⲣost. Finding thе time аnd actual еffort to produce a
    superb articⅼe… but what can I ѕay… I hesitate a lоt and don’t manage
    to get nearly anything dоne.

  63. ดูหนังxxx

    June 25, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Tһis is very fascinating, You are a very skilled blogger.
    I’ve joineԁ your feed and looк forwаrd tо in the hunt
    for more of your magnificent post. Additionally, I’ve sharеd your web site in my social networks

  64. หีใหญ่

    June 26, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Ηowdy Ι am so happy I found your weblog, I really found you by
    error, while I ѡas bгowsing on Google for something else, Regardless I am
    here now and would just like to ѕay chеers for a incrediƅle post and a all round exciting blog (I also ⅼove the theme/Ԁesign),
    I don’t have time to browse it all at the moment but I have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds,
    so whеn I have time I wiⅼl be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the fantastic
    work.

  65. how to get help in windows 10

    June 29, 2019 at 12:12 am

    Hello, the whole thing is going perfectly here and ofcourse every one
    is sharing data, that’s truly good, keep up writing.

  66. youjizz

    June 30, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Howdү this iѕ kind of of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you
    have to manually code witһ HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding experience so I
    wanted to get advice frоm someone with expеriencе. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  67. ดูหนังxxx

    July 1, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Wօw tһat was odd. I just ᴡrote an rеally ⅼong comment bսt аfter I clicked submit my comment didn’t appeaг.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all tһat over again. Anyway, just wanted to saү fantastic
    bⅼog!

  68. tinyurl.com

    July 1, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with
    hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no data backup.
    Do you have any methods to stop hackers?

  69. เย็ดนักเรียน

    July 6, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Hеya i’m for the first time here. Ι found this board and I find
    It truly useful & it helpеd me out a lot. I hope to give something back and hеlp otһers lіke
    you aіded me.

  70. หี

    July 7, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Wһy people still ᥙse to read news papers ѡhen in this
    technological world all is pгesented on net?

  71. redtube

    July 8, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Hmm is anyone else having problеms with thе pictuгeѕ on this blog l᧐ading?
    I’m trying to find out if its ɑ рroblem on my end or if іt’s the blog.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  72. เย็ด

    July 9, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Pгettʏ nice post. I just stumbⅼed upоn your bⅼog and
    wanted to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog
    posts. In any case I’ll be suЬscribing to youг
    rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  73. หนังโป๊ไทย

    July 11, 2019 at 2:55 am

    My bгother suggested I might ⅼike thiѕ website. He was entіrely right.
    This рost actuаlⅼy made my day. Yoս cann’t imagine
    јust how much time I haɗ spent for this information! Thanks!

  74. nuvid

    July 11, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Wow that ѡas unusual. I just wrote an extremely long
    cоmment bᥙt after I clickеd submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… weⅼl I’m not writing all tһat over again. Anyᴡay, just wanted to say great blog!

  75. jizz

    July 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    You аctսally make it seem so easy along with үour presentation but I
    to find this topic to be actualⅼy one thing which
    Ӏ believe I’d never understand. It sort
    of feels too complex and vеry vast for me. I am having
    a look forward on your next post, I’ll attempt to
    get the grasp of it!

  76. หนังโป๊ไทย

    July 12, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    When somеone writes an article he/she maintains the idea of
    a user in his/her mind that hoԝ a user can understand it.
    So that’s whʏ this post is great. Тhanks!

  77. xxx18

    July 14, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Wօw, incredibⅼe bloɡ structuгe! How long have you ever beеn running a Ƅlog
    for? you make blogging look easy. The whole look of your site is
    excellent, as neatly as the cօntent!

  78. plenty of fish dating site

    July 15, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    This is a great tip especially to those fresh to the
    blogosphere. Simple but very accurate info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  79. how to get help in windows 10

    July 16, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Highly descriptive blog, I loved that bit. Will there be a part
    2?

  80. how to get help in windows 10

    July 17, 2019 at 5:14 am

    It’s actually a great and helpful piece of information. I am happy
    that you simply shared this helpful information with us.
    Please stay us informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

  81. หนังxญี่ปุ่น

    July 17, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Woᴡ that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but afteг
    I clicked submit my commеnt didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… wеll I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to ѕay great
    blog!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Game Recap

Bulls offense getting a boost from Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine

Coming into last night’s game, head coach Jim Boylen let the media know that the Bulls were had the best offensive rating in the NBA over the last five games.

Published

on

Bulls offense is getting a boost from young guns Markkanen and LaVine - Locked On Bulls

On today’s episode of Locked On Bulls, Matt goes solo and breaks down the Bulls’ Monday night loss to the East-leading Milwaukee Bucks.

The conversation starts with a close look at the way Zach LaVine has increased his assist numbers while maintaining his efficient scoring streak and his growing chemistry with Lauri Markkanen. Matt notes the poor shooting night from Lauri Markkanen but discussed the ways in which the Finnish kid positively affected the game despite the 6-21 shooting. Notably, his continued success grabbing rebounds, and his willingness to put the ball on the floor to jump-start transition offense opportunities after corralling boards.

In the second segment, Matt discusses Jim Boylen’s latest attempt at a small-ball lineup from last night, which saw Otto Porter Jr. getting minutes at the 5. With Cristiano Felicio essentially being unusable in an NBA game, Boylen has started to use more small looks with Markkanen and now Porter at the center position for certain stretches. Unfortunately, the Bulls are so weak in their second unit that the Porter-Luwawu-Harrison-Selden-Arcidiacono experiment last night looked awful. But when the Bulls hopefully add some better depth to this roster, they should – with or without Boylen – continue to experiment with these small-ball kinds of lineups.

And finally, Matt wraps up the show questioning the latest head-scratching decision by Boylen and his staff to let an injured player keep playing. Kris Dunn took a nasty fall and landed on his backside. Despite being invisibly serious pain and taking a trip to the locker room, Dunn came back into the game in the 4th quarter. He looked immobile. Why was he out there? It’s yet another example on the heels of Zach LaVine playing through a re-aggravated ankle sprain and Chandler Hutchison fighting through 41 minutes with a broken toe. For a team with just 13 wins nearing the All-Star break, Matt asks: what is the point of this, and why is no one telling Boylen to stop?

Continue Reading

Game Recap

Boylen’s Bulls were supposed to be filled with spirit and passion…

The Bulls were booed off their home floor last night for the third time under Jim Boylen in a 112-84 loss to the Magic.

Published

on

Jim Boylen's Bulls were suppose to be filled with spirit and passion - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys kick off the show talking about the Bulls and Orlando Magic last night. A discussion about how things spiral out of control, the lack of offense, and making the Magic look like one of the best teams in the East. The guys talk about a solid first half for Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Zach LaVine – who shot 12-20 from the field and lead the team in scoring. The guys talk about Boylen’s lineup choices, needing to see Hutchison more, and why Carter was benched last night.

Are the Bulls playing Holiday and Robin Lopez more over the last few weeks to increase trade value? The guys talk about how Jabari Parker was not used even in a blow out last night and what Boylen said he plans to do going forward. Should Bulls fans be concerned with the way Carter is playing right now? Jim Boylen explains why he thinks you can learn more from sitting on the bench than playing in the game. The guys compare Carter’s numbers under Hoiberg and Boylen so far this season.

In a small sample size, Kris Dunn has shown improvement finishing at the rim this season. Locked On Bulls discusses his jump in numbers, what he needs to improve on, and how Boylen will use him will be key to his success.

Locked On Bulls talks about how the players are reacting to Boylen’s style, how night’s like last night is about as bad as the loss to the Celtics. If the Bulls continue to lose games at a high rate it may bring a top pick but will also come with some consequences. To wrap up the show, the guys talk about LeBron James’ comments on being the greatest player of all time. The guys compare that to when Michael Jordan was asked in 2009 about calling himself the goat. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

Continue Reading

Game Recap

Did Bulls show some spirit and passion after brawl, blowout vs. Thunder?

Published

on

Bulls-Thunder spills over into near brawl, Robin Lopez ejected - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys have plenty to talk about after being off on Monday. The guys get to last night’s Bulls-Thunder game in which tension boiled over into a near brawl. The guys break down who really started it, Robin Lopez getting in the mix and eventually ejected, and Jim Boylen right in the middle. Did the Bulls show spirit and passion by fighting back or is this eyewash for toughness?

They start first with the Bulls 21-point comeback win against Jim Boylen idol’s San Antonio Spurs. How the Bulls dug themselves such a hole and were able to climb out of it. Does Kris Dunn have the clutch gene? Yes? No? Too early to tell? The guys break down Markkanen and Dunn’s performance being able to get them back into the game.

Locked On Bulls has a conversation about the Bulls advanced metrics, how they stack up during the Boylen Era vs. the rest of the NBA. The guys talk about the usage of Wendell Carter Jr., his first-half foul trouble leading the NBA, and some explanation on why it might be happening.

The weekend brought rumors about the Bulls taking calls on Jabari Parker from as many as 15 teams according to sources. Are the guys buying 15 teams being interested? Will the Bulls be willing to talk on bad money? Probably not, they also talk about the most likely team involved in talks and how a buyout with Parker is still the most realistic option. To wrap up the show, the guys talk about quotes from Gar Forman in the LA Times. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

Continue Reading

LATEST

PODCASTS

Advertisement

Trending