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Bulls play their best game of the rebuild in OT loss to Pacers

While the Bulls fell to the Pacers in overtime, it was one of the most exciting games of the rebuild lead by Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, and Kris Dunn.

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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys kick off the show talking about their Chicago sports depression amid the Bears Wild Card loss. The guys try to forget about their Bears blues by breaking down the Bulls best win of the rebuild against the Pacers Friday night. The guys explain how the Bulls were allowed to get out and run for the first time under Jim Boylen, and it worked! The guys talk about Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Wendell Carter Jr. all stepping up and having their own moments.

How impressive was Kris Dunn’s 17 assists on Friday? Locked On Bulls discusses Dunn’s performance, attempting threes, and being the commander of the offense. The guys talk about LaVine’s big shots, clutch gene, and Markkanen hitting big threes. Why was Chandler Hutchison not in the game late? The guys break down the Nets loss, a little bit of reverse course on Sunday, and why not shooting threes is going to keep the Bulls out of games on their next road trip.

To wrap up the show, the guys discuss former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau being fired in Minnesota. They also discuss how rumors are starting about Fred Hoiberg being the next long-term solution with the Timberwolves. The guys mention Cameron Payne’s 10-day contract with the Cavaliers and have a live reaction to the Bulls trading and waving Michael Carter-Williams from the Rockets. A near meltdown by Jordan as the guys get the details of the trade as they record. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

Jordan Maly is the host of Locked On Bulls, he's a native of Naperville, IL and graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington. Jordan has spent time covering the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Hoosiers basketball and football, and the Big Ten Conference as a credentialed writer. Jordan has been published in Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, SB Nation, FanSided, and Yahoo Sports.

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Canceling Bill Self Rumors and Third Quarters

NBC Sports Radio’s The Daily Line Podcast featured professional handicapper Brandon Lang on their show who said Kansas coach Bill Self would be leaving the program to become the Chicago Bulls head coach this summer. We’re not buying it, plus the guys cancel third quarters until further notice.

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Locked On Bulls podcast is back from the weekend – the guys address the Bill Self rumor right off the top, breakdown the two losses on the west coast to the Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings, discuss why they are canceling third quarters until further notice, and how the Bulls defensive effort has become a glaring issues in the month of March.

The guys kick off the show with a spicy rumor that dropped on Friday, according to professional handicapper Brandon Lang on NBC Sports Radio’s The Daily Line Podcast, Kansas Men’s Basketball Coach Bill Self will be leaving their program at the end of the season to take the head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls. The guys discuss how they’re not buying into this rumor and why it doesn’t make much sense. The guys also discuss the credibility, timing, and sources of the information.

The guys spend the majority of the episode diving into the Bulls west coast trip this weekend against the Clippers and Kings. The guys start with Doc Rivers and Jim Boylen’s ejections from Friday night’s games and Zach LaVine offering up to pay Bulls head coach’s fine. Jordan and Matt discuss the terrible third quarter for the Bulls and how it ended up costing the Bulls a win against one of the best teams in the month of March. What’s going on with Lauri Markkanen? Have teams began to adjust to Markkanen’s game and does Boylen and his staff have a game plan to counter?

Another topic of discussion is the breakdown of the Sacramento Kings loss from yesterday afternoon. The guys talk about the lack of energy and effort that mirrored signs of January and early games this season. Have the Bulls regressed defensively or has the offense come to a screeching halt? The guys dive into some advanced analytics behind the Bulls defense in the month of March, February, and over Jim Boylen’s tenure as head coach. The guys also talk about how the Bulls defense has been since the start of the rebuild. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Zach LaVine wants to play and has your view of Jim Boylen changed?

Locked On Bulls is back to preview the Bulls weekend on the west coast (Clippers, Kings), Zach LaVine not shutting it down, and Jim Boylen’s extensive one-on-one interview with The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry.

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Zach LaVine wants to play and has your opinion changed of Jim Boylen? - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys preview the Bulls weekend on the west coast with the Clippers tonight and the Kings on Sunday, the decision to not shut down Zach LaVine, and Jim Boylen’s extensive interview with The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry.

The guys kick off the show talking about the Bulls final west coast road trip of the season as they take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight, Sacramento Kings on Sunday, and finish up with the Phoenix Suns on Monday. The guys talk about how well the Clippers have played in the month of March and it leads them into a discussion about the decision to not shut down Zach LaVine for the remainder of the season.

Jordan Maly and Matt Peck debate whether or not they feel it’s in the best interest for the Bulls future to allow Zach LaVine to play out the final 13 games of the season. If LaVine is 100-percent healthy, should he play? Jordan discusses LaVine’s thoughts on why he wants to continue to play the rest of the season and how his words should be encouraging to Bulls fans who are looking for leadership characteristics in one of their rising stars. The guys weigh all the factors including the remaining schedule and the possibility that LaVine could still sit a handful of games.

Locked On Bulls spends the remainder of the show talking about The Athletic’s two-part interview with head coach Jim Boylen written by Darnell Mayberry. The guys highlight some of the most important parts of the 5,000 words written and why it’s important for Bulls fans to read. The guys bounce opinions off each other and ask if their opinions on Boylen have changed since the beginning of his tenure. Have Bulls fans opinions of Boylen changed? The guys dive into the basketball strategy that makes Boylen tick as well as where he sees this team going beyond this season. The guys also share their experience going on the No Zones podcast yesterday with Tony Gill. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Bulls eliminated by LeBron and 100 days of Jim Boylen

LeBron James moves West this season but it didn’t stop him from once again eliminating the Bulls (officially) from playoff contention last night in a 123-107 victory over. The Bulls allowed 82 points combined in the second and third quarter, the most in franchise history.

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Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode and Jordan Maly goes solo to recap last night’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, 123-107. Jordan talks about the Bulls collapse during the second and third quarter that sparked a comeback for the Lakers down 20-points, LeBron James’ takeover, continuing problems with the Bulls defense, Lauri Markkanen’s struggles in the month of March, and 100 days of head coach Jim Boylen.

What started out as a really good first quarter for the Chicago Bulls quickly went south as the Lakers climbed back from down as many as 20-points to secure a win last night. Jordan takes a look at how LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma were able to lead the Lakers surge through the second and third quarters and why the Bulls were historically bad again last night. Jordan discusses the lack of depth on the bench as a reason for the recent blown leads, how the starters are unable to play all 48-minutes, the lack of awareness on the defensive side of the ball, and the struggles from other primary scorers in the absence of Zach LaVine.

Jordan hits on some positives from this game as well including one of the best games from Kris Dunn in over two months. Jordan talks about Otto Porter Jr.’s ability to space the floor, get out and run in transition, and also the ability to throw lob passes. Jordan questions whether or not Jim Boylen will be able to make adjustments to staggering his starters to combat the Bulls bench giving up leads early on and how the team can prevent third quarter turmoil. Jordan also discusses a bizarre Wayne Selden Jr. ejection that occurred.

To wrap up the show, today marks 100 days as head coach of the Chicago Bulls for Jim Boylen. Jordan splits the 45 games into two parts and looks at how the Bulls have played. Has Boylen improved since taking over back in December? Has Boylen been able to live up to what he wanted to see improved since he was given the job? How are Bulls fans feeling about Jim Boylen with only a few weeks left in the season? Jordan dives into the team stats in both stretches, talks about what it might mean for the offseason, some positives, some negatives, some concerns, and what the future might hold for Boylen and the Bulls. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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