It's the Chicago Bulls Podcast #16 hosted by Marcus Couch and Wyse Black with special guest Patrick Sheldon from DaWindyCity.com blog. We cover post-game of the Bulls vs Celtics game, a rundown of injuries of Markkanen, Portis, Dunn and Valentine. We end it with a heated roundtable of where we are after 15 games. Time to tank?
Welcome to the Bulls Podcast, coming to you from BullsPodcast.com. This is where we bring you the latest news, reviews, rants, rumors and opinions on the players, coaches and front office of the Chicago Bulls.
Today we’re joined by friend of the show, Patrick Sheldon from Da Windy City blog over at DaWindyCity.com. He’s joined us previously and we’re happy to welcome him back to today’s show.
We’ve got a lot in store for you this episode. Including:
- Post Game Wrap-up on the Bulls Vs Boston
- Injury Update: When will we be at full strength again?
- Where are we after 15 Games into the Schedule? Time to Tank? Roundtable Discussion
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Post Game reaction to Bulls Vs. Boston Celtics:
Score: Bulls LOSE. Score 111-82
The Bulls held a 5-point lead after one quarter in Boston … then lost by 29. Bulls fall 111-82 to the Celtics. Their offense was pitiful, shooting 39% with 22 turnovers.
The Bulls are now 4-11 as of this recording. They're 3 games back of the 8th seed. They're 1.5 games back in the race for the NBA's worst record. There are 67 games left to play.
Jabari Parker and Shaq Harrison led the way with 14 and 16 points respectively. Zach Lavine’s consecutive streak of 20 point games comes to an end at 15 games in the streak. Zach only put up 10 points against the Celtics.
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Bulls Injury Updates:
Lauri Markkanen, Denzel Valentine, Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis have all been out with injuries. Where do they stand in their recovery so far?
Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg updated the status of second-year stretch forward Lauri Markkanen Monday and the news isn’t good for Bulls fans.
Lauri Markkanen suffered a high-grade lateral right elbow sprain during training camp. The Bulls initially said Markkanen would miss six-to-eight weeks. Hoiberg said Monday, though, that the Bulls will take the cautious approach to make sure Lauri is 100 percent, which means the Bulls’ young star is still two-to-three weeks away from playing, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. But Fred recently said it will be 9-11 weeks before we see Lauri back. He was seen taking threes and even dunking with his injured arm, so who really knows when this will happen. It may happen sometime in December, or next year before we see him again.
It looks like the recovery of Kris Dunn is going according to plans. He injured his knee with a severe MCL sprain and was projected to be out for 4-6 weeks. It’s been 3 weeks, so it’s another 2-3 weeks before we’ll see him on the court again. With Archie and Shaq Harrison doing well in the lineup, Kris has some more time to heal without being a huge issue for the Bulls.
Bobby has the exact same injury as Kris Dunn, except a different leg. He too is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which would put him in the range of the first few weeks of December to be back.
Valentine initially injured his ankle way back during a Sept. 28 practice and at the time the Bulls ruled him out for only one to two weeks. Six weeks later, and the issue with Valentine’s ankle hasn’t been resolved. That’s bad news for a player who the injury bug has bitten hard throughout his short NBA career. Valentine underwent arthroscopic surgery (this word haunts the nightmares of Chicago Bulls fans) on his left knee in April. During the 2017 offseason, he underwent surgery on his left ankle precluded by two separate ankle injuries during the 2016-2017 season that forced him to miss 25 games.
All in all, it will be at least another month until we get to see our full team play again, recovered from their injuries.
Where are we after 15 Games into the Schedule? Roundtable Discussion
With 15 games in the books and the Bulls having a 4-11 record, we’re approaching 20% into the season. With a continuation of this trend, we’re still projected to have just 20-25 wins this season if the trend holds true throughout the season.
Are we all buying into the “We’re Not Tryin so we can get Zion” meme? I’m about ready to jump into the tank, let our guys rest during the tank and start it all again next year. What is your feeling on it?
We do want to let everyone know that Wyse and I will be joining See Red Fred on the next episode of The Chicago Bullseye. Make sure you check our social feeds for the post notification and we’ll let you know when you can download and listen to that. It should be a great discussion.
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In the coming week we have games against Milwaukee, Toronto and Phoenix. The first two are going to be very tough games. The Phoenix game is going to be really fun to see Deandre Ayton vs Wendell Carter Jr. Wyse and I will be recording right after that game and share our post-game reaction.
Upcoming guests on the horizon include Stephen Noh from The Athletic, and Joe Cowley from the Sun Times, and once we get a recording date that is not on game day, we’re going to try and get another round of some of our favorite Bulls podcasters on, including Edward Shuler, See Red Fred, Big Dave and C-Dub and more.
We want to thank Patrick Sheldon for joining us tonight. You can find Patrick over at DaWindyCity.com and on Twitter at P_Shels.
Until then, Thanks for listening everyone, Go Bulls!