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How will John Paxson evaluate Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back, the guys kick off the show talking about John Paxson’s interview on 670 The Score this morning. Some of the important hits from the interview: Chandler Hutchison could potentially start? Bulls will look internally to fill holes in the roster? A conversation around Cam Payne and Ryan Arcidiacono, and how they plan to evaluate Fred Hoiberg with all the injuries. The guys also give their take on thin crust or deep dish (Matt is wrong).

The guys break down tonight’s keys to the Charlotte Hornets. Maybe starting with not getting blown out by 30 leads them to believe LaVine and Parker are going to have to carry them. The guys also discuss what rotations Fred will use and how the two-way contracts should be up with the Bulls immediately. The guys also talk about giving Wendell Carter Jr. some more opportunity on the offensive end.

Finally, the guys take four voicemails from listeners of the show. Some of the topics include: the guys being right this summer, not pressing LaVine’s minutes, LaVine > Markkanen, trade coming or no, and national media giving the Bulls no credit. 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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Bulls fall to Mavericks, LaVine: “We have to have more energy”

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Do the Chicago Bulls have an energy and effort issue? - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys kick off the show breaking down the Chicago Bulls loss to the Dallas Mavericks last night, 103-98. The guys discuss the Bulls hanging around with the Mavericks despite a poor night shooting from their two best scorers. The guys talk about LaVine and Parker’s inefficient shooting night and how to solve the secondary scoring issues.

The guys talk about LaVine’s performance as the dominant ball handler this season, some flaws that need to be worked out, and what might change once Kris Dunn returns. Some other notable topics of discussion include poor three-point shooting against one of the leagues worst perimeter defense, forced shots by LaVine down the stretch, and Wendell Carter Jr.’s minutes/foul trouble.

Locked On Bulls has a discussion about reoccurring comments made by coach Fred Hoiberg and some players. LaVine had noted last night that the Bulls lacked energy, why has this continued to be the case? The guys discuss the Cavaliers and Mavericks game with lack of energy and why Portis/Dunn’s energy is clearly missing.

Other topics include The Ringer’s article on the creation of the Alan Parsons Project Bulls intro and what it meant to former players. Jordan brings up an elite class of players that Zach LaVine has joined this season. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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Bulls squeeze past Cavaliers with Jabari Parker block

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Zach LaVine drops 22 points, Jabari Parker makes game winning block - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back from the weekend with a fresh episode, the guys kick off the show talking about the Bulls last-second win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The guys start with the most notable change, Cameron Payne being removed from the rotation completely. Have we seen the last minutes of Cameron Payne in a Bulls uniform? The guys break down what the change looked like and whether or not it helped the Bulls win on Saturday. How did reserve point guard Shaq Harrison look Saturday night?

The Bulls continue to be destroyed on the boards but managed to make one less mistake against the Cavaliers in clutch time. The guys get into the final few possessions, Jabari Parker’s last-second block, and according to analytics, how Parker has actually been a solid defender in clutch time. So, is it about effort with Parker? The guys also make mention of Zach LaVine’s 360-degree dunk, some fun transition points in the first half, and how you blow a 16-point lead on a depleted Cavaliers team.

Locked On Bulls previews tonight’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. What are some keys to the game for the Chicago Bulls? The Bulls are 0-1 against the Mavericks this season. The guys discuss turnovers, Luka Doncic, Wendell Carter Jr. vs. DeAndre Jordan, and where are the secondary scorers at?

To wrap up, the guys discuss Jimmy Butler being traded to the Philadelphia 76er’s. How will that impact the Eastern Conference, will he sign long-term, and is it the end of Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota? All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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What’s going on with Denzel Valentine, should Bulls fans be concerned?

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Denzel Valentine's lingering injury could be a concern for the Bulls - Locked On Bulls

Locked On Bulls is back with a fresh episode, the guys kick off the show discussing the Bulls loss in New Orleans last night. Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday with near triple-doubles, the guys thought Wendell Carter Jr. held his own against one of the best big men in the league. What to make of Fred Hoiberg’s first emotional response of the season? The guys talk about how the book is slowly closing on Cameron Payne, why Hoiberg isn’t just starting Arcidiacono at this point, and a few other notes from the game.

The guys spend the second segment discussing Denzel Valentine’s injury more extensively. Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported on Saturday that Valentine is farther away from a return than when he initially suffered the ankle injury in late September. The guys read some details on Valentine’s injury, how it might linger into the future, and what the Bulls should do with him going forward. The guys also discuss the toll it’s taking on Valentine and how he will respond once he’s healthy and able to play.

Locked On Bulls wraps up the show with an interesting hypothetical. Locked On Fantasy Basketball host Josh Lloyd posed a question to his followers: Which young trio would you rather have, Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, and Wendell Carter Jr. or Los Angeles’ Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma. The guys weigh the options, discuss how the Bulls young core is starting to gain some more respect nationally, and if they would do a one-for-one swap for any of those three. All of this and so much more on Locked On Bulls.

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