Once again, the Chicago Bulls are coming off of lose. Last night they lost to the Houston Rockets 121-105, bringing their record to 5-19.
Besides the continuous disappointing loses, there are some silver linings once you get past the surface of it all. How about Zach Lavine is continuing his all-star like play with a 29-point performance last night streaking along his strong performances.
The fact that Jabari Parker is still lacking in the defense department, but seems to be getting comfortable in the offense, and with teammates. He has scored 20 points in the last six of nine games.
Last night though was the return of Lauri Markkanen, the former 7th overall pick from the very talented 2017 draft class. The return couldn’t come fast enough as the Bulls have lost the last six games, and most of them have been by double digits.
With the goal of trying to make the playoffs looking more and more bleak with each double digit lose. Getting the young core healthy, and having them play more games together will surely be better off for the future of the of team.
Lauri’s performance surely was not dominant by any means, as you can tell the he has some rust to knock off before building off of his first-team All-Rookie performance last season.
He would finish with just 10 points, and 4 rebounds on a terrible 28% (4-14) shooting from the floor, but his main weapon being the deep ball still was fairly efficient as he would finish the night 2-6, which is 33%.
“On the bench he was telling me how he felt he played bad, and should have hit more shots. I was just glad to see him out there.” A quote from Zach Lavine when asked about his thoughts on Lauri’s return to action.
Other observations from the 25 minutes he spent on the court surely should have fans excited as the team gets back healthy. The 7-footer still has his special athleticism that allows him to move with such grace, and has added some strength to his frame that is going to make him more of a problem in the paint.
Getting back in basketball shape will be the next step for “The Finnisher”, then fully getting familiar with the team. With the team finding a primary scorer in Zach Lavine, and a future dominate front court defender in rookie Wendell Carter Jr, the Bulls have a big three that you can build around.
It’s going to be up coach Fred Hoiberg to use Lauri’s, and the rest of a talented team strengths to maximize the rest of this season. This team will still struggle on the defensive side of the court this season. Once healthy the team will more of the shoot outs that keep slipping out of the hands.