The Bulls might set a record for low points this season before Christmas comes next Tuesday and it’s impressive as to how much has gone wrong for them this season. They fired their coach, are looking to trade Jabari Parker, and almost had a team mutiny. That and they’re tied for last place in the East at 7-25.
To make matters worse, one of the few bright spots for the Bulls, Zach LaVine, is dealing with an ankle injury that will sit him out for two to four weeks. What else can go wrong? More injuries of course! On Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Bobby Portis will be out two to four weeks with an ankle sprain.
Not that LaVine or Portis is going to save an already disastrous Bulls season, but the last thing this ailing Bulls team needs right now is to lose one of their top scoring contributors and a big man that shows actual effort when he’s on the floor. LaVine might not play great defense and he doesn’t pass very often, but you look at the players around him and it makes sense as to why he doesn’t. Where exactly is the talent that’s supposed to help him?
Portis is fun to watch. He gobbles up rebounds and dunks the ball with force. His defense is still a bit of an unknown right now, because he’s spent his entire career in systems where it didn’t matter how he played the impact was not going to show up. He’s someone that gives effort though and the Bulls are in severe need of that right now. I guess on the bright side it can’t get much worse?
Okay, yes it can.