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Every Bulls game, I’ll present to you “The Top 3”, which is the 3 biggest takeaways of the game. It could be a player, a coach, Benny the Bull, or a Jordan Bell Golden State highlight (will NEVER get old).
Tonight: Bulls vs Cavs.

 

Well, there you have it. Hanging from the rafters at the United Center you’ll soon see:

Jordan. Pippen. Love. Sloan. Markkanen.

The Chicago Bulls fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night by a score of 119-112. LeBron James led the scoring for the Cavs with 34 points and 13 assists in his first game as an “official” Point Guard since 2005.

Leading the way for the Bulls was Justin Holiday with 25 points on 8-17 shooting. Lauri Markkanen finished with 19 points and 8 rebounds and became the first rookie in NBA history to make 10 threes in his first 3 games. It was an impressive performance as both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James praised the rookie after tonight’s game with LeBron saying Lauri was a “good player”.

This is the type of game we should want to see from the Bulls this year. They played hard and remained competitive throughout the game, all while giving their young guys some valuable experience. As Jason Patt tweeted out after the game, it was a “solid, competitive #tank loss”.

Now on to The Top 3:

1.) Lauri Markkanen

The rookie continues to impress and just by checking out NBA Twitter tonight, Lauri is starting to open some eyes. The big man has been shooting the ball extremely well and will continue to get playing time while both Niko and Bobby are out.

He’s setting records in his third professional game. He’s the greatest player to wear #24 for the Bulls since Brian Scalabrine. This kid might be kinda good.

2.) Justin Holiday

Justin led the Bulls with 25 points and had the most shot attempts with 17. It’s clear that he has the green light and is currently averaging 18.3 points per game through the first three games. This should continue while LaVine is out as he seems to be the best wing that the Bulls currently have.

I’ve always liked Justin Holiday and I thought he played really well in the short stint he had with us a couple of years ago.

Plus, anyone who thinks about shooting a 3 instead of a wide open layup on a breakaway is okay in my book.

http://twitter.com/_MarcusD2_/status/922985184768782336

3.) Return of Kris Dunn

Before tonight’s game, Coach Hoiberg stated that Kris Dunn was set to return soon with a possibility of playing Thursday night vs the Hawks. It’s more likely that Dunn will come back on Saturday, but it’ll be interesting to see what role he plays. Kay Felder had 13 points in 15 minutes while Jerian Grant recorded a 12 points/10 assists double-double.

I think Dunn is the best PG out of the 3 but he will probably come off the bench in his first game back. He’ll easily win the starting spot after a few games and I’m looking forward to seeing him open up the floor a bit for this team.

The Bulls return to the court on Thursday to take on the Atlanta Hawks in an early battle for the #1 pick in the draft.

#SecureTheBagley

 

 

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