Chicago Bulls (23-43) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (36-29)
7 p.m., NBC Sports Chicago
Danilo Gallinari will have an examination on his hand in five or six days to determine if he’ll need surgery. He suffered a non-displaced fracture in his hand last month. New addition Avery Bradley continues to sit with a groin injury, while Chicago native Patrick Beverley remains sidelined after sustaining an arthroscopic lateral meniscus tear in his right knee at the beginning of the season (yeah, that horrible a-word that ruined Joakim Noah’s career).
While other teams rule out veterans for the rest of the season with injury, the Bulls are continuing to adhere to the NBA’s anti-tanking policies.
Bulls starters vs. Clippers: Dunn, LaVine, Nwaba, Markkanen, Lopez.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 13, 2018
Paul Zipser will miss his eighth straight game with left foot pain.
The Last Time:
Out in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, the Clippers beat the Bulls 113-103. It was the first game that Tobias Harris and Bradley played in a Clippers uniform, and chemistry be damned because the Clippers had 23 assists to only 13 turnovers as the Bulls didn’t have an answer for either Harris nor Gallinari as each poured in 24 points.
The Clippers have 36 wins this season and currently reside in seventh place in the Western Conference. I had to do a double take because I was under the impression that they were really bad this year…but Lou Williams should have made the All-Star Game and maybe they knew what they were doing when Blake Griffin was sent to Detroit in a blockbuster trade at the end of January.
At this point, the Bulls are 2.5 games from the seventh worst record in the NBA and have fallen dramatically behind the pace of that group of seven teams that are all within three games of each other for the worst record in the league. The New York Knicks lurk just a half game behind the Bulls at this point. It’s probably too late, but maybe we need to somehow speak the tank into existence by getting as many people as possible to actively root against the Bulls. This team can’t afford to mess around and get another win tonight.
Why should you tune into the actual game? This is a very meager and unconvincing list so my apologies:
- Fresh off a game on Sunday where he scored 14 points on 6-for-9 from the field in 18 minutes, Antonio Blakeney will be chucking again.
- Are the play-in games for the NCAA tournament really that much more exciting than Bulls basketball? (probably, but play along I’ve run out of reasons).