The Bulls had another roller coster week, something that is becoming more and more common with the organization. Markkanen had some more stellar games for the team, Portis returns this week, and another Bull goes down with an injury.
The team went 1-2 this week bringing their record to (2-6) overall on the young season. There have been a rotating number of guards starting this season, causing the team to have some trouble building chemistry at that position. Nwaba stepped into the starting role this past week and looked good in the three games running the offense, and dumped in a season high 16 PTS in the teams win over the Orlando Magic. The downside is Nwaba injured his ankle and will be out 2-4 weeks, making an already thin roster even thiner.
Markkanen has been a good surprise for the team early on, consistently playing at a high level night in and night out. Through the first 8 games he is averaging 16.3 PPG and 9.0 REB so far. He had a career high 25 PTS in a loss to the Miami Heat this past week. Even with the return of Portis, Hoiberg has stated Markkanen will remain the starter, and for good reason.
Hoiberg has stated that Portis has been working hard during his suspension and is looking forward to a return to game action. Even with his enthusiasm, it cannot be overlooked that Mirotic is now looking to be traded as the Bulls have made no indication they are going to part way with Portis. This is a cloud that could hang over the Bulls all season, or until one is traded away. For now, the team does not have to deal with this spilling over onto the court as Mirotic still has no timetable for a return.
Overall and up and down week for the Bulls, like most are going to be this season for the team. There is a lot they have to work out, but the upside for them is they still have a young team.
Last Week’s Results:
Lost 97-97 at Miami Heat
Won 105-83 at Orlando Magic
Lost 96-90 versus New Orleans Pelicans.