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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 Heat.

The Chicago Bulls fell to 1-5 on Tuesday night with a 97-91 loss to the Miami Heat. This matches Chicago’s worst start to the season since 2007-08. (The year right before Derrick Rose). Miami had Hassan Whiteside return to action, who finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Goran Dragic led Miami in scoring with 20.

David Nwaba started the game for the Bulls in place of Paul Zipser tonight and finished with 4 points and an impressive 11 rebounds. This marks the second time in three games that Nwaba has finished with 11 rebounds.

The story of this game, in my opinion, is the continued good play by The Finnisher, Lauri Markkanen. The rookie finished with a career-high in points with 25 and is now averaging 15.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He’s also just the fifth rookie in Bulls history to score more than 10 points in each of his first 6 NBA games.

Not a bad start to the season.

Now on to the Top 3:

1.) Lauri Markkaken

Continuing on the above, Markkanen has been solid in every game so far this year and Tuesday night was his most impressive performance yet. As Cody Westerlund tweeted, Markkanen got buckets in pretty much every way possible tonight.

So many rookies are off to a great start, and Lauri is right there with them. I know it’s early and a lot can change from now until the end of the year, but he’s in the running for Rookie of the Year. (Although people in Philly might disagree, shoutout Ben Simmons.)

2.) Kris Dunn needs to start

In his second game back from injury, Dunn finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists. Most importantly, he played more minutes than Grant and is looking like the best option for the Bulls at point guard. I think two games is enough to shake the rust off, so be on the lookout for a change in the starting lineup before Friday night’s game in Orlando.

He also had this poster on Kelly Olynyk, who needs to get dunked on in every game in my opinion.

Also, whenever I see a point guard from the Bulls dunk in Miami, it reminds me of when Derrick Rose did this to Joel Anthony.

 

(This is my favorite video of this dunk because it highlights how likely it was that Rose was going to dunk on Anthony and how unlikely it was that Anthony was going to stop him.)

3.) David Nwaba

Nwaba hasn’t really shown anything on offense but has played hard and plays with a ton of energy. That’s what Hoiberg wants to see in the starting lineup. I’ve been impressed with him so far.

He should continue to get playing time, at least until Zach LaVine comes back.

I’d much rather see him run up and down the court than watch Zipser stand in the corner waiting to shoot a 3.

http://twitter.com/TheRenderNBA/status/925892918023507968

That Miami crowd, man, never an empty seat in the house.

Bulls head to Orlando to take on the Magic on Friday night.

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