Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Lakers


Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against Lakers

The Bulls are back in action tonight against the Lakers and NBC Sports Chicago has you covered throughout! Coverage begins with Bulls Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.!

Here are three things to watch during tonight's game.

1. The Kuzma Show. The Lakers made noise in the 2017 NBA Draft when they selected Lonzo Ball with the second pick. But it's been Kyle Kuzma, who went 27th, who has been the Lakers' best rookie. Kuzma is averaging 16.7 points on 46 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.7 minutes per game. He's in the running to make All-Rookie First Team, and in reality has been every bit as good as Lauri Markkanen this season.

2. A point guard letdown. Unfortunately it looks like both Lonzo Ball and Kris Dunn will miss the game. It's too bad considering two of the best young electric point guards in the game can't battle against each other. Instead it will be Jerian Grant vs. Jordan Clarkson. That's still a fine matchup, and it pits two potential trade candidates against one another. Look for a fun matchup of shoot-first point guards.

3. Robin vs. Brook. Look, it's always fun when these two brothers get together. Brook isn't playing much for Los Angeles, and Robin sees pretty cookie-cutter minutes. But with both teams struggling to win games this season there's a chance we'll see a more laid back approach from these two, with some fun antics along the way.

Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame


Kendall Gill named to Illini Athletics Hall of Fame

Kendall Gill can add another bullet point to his resume.

NBC Sports Chicago's Bulls analyst was announced as a member of the University of Illinois' Athletics Hall of Fame for the Class of 2018. Gill enters in the same class as his coach at Illinois, Lou Henson, and former Bulls broadcaster Johnny "Red" Kerr.

Gill was a part of Illinois' 1989 Final Four team and earned consensus Second-Team All-America honors the following year as a senior when he led the Big Ten in scoring (20 points per game). He is third in program history in steals with 218.

He went on to have a 15-year NBA career, which included a stint with the Bulls.

Last year was the inaugural class for Illinois' hall of fame.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling.