The Bulls lost Saturday to the Wizards, but most Bulls fans are probably still buzzing over Friday's win against the Timberwolves.
The game marked the return of Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Tom Thibodeau, but ended up being significant beyond the three former Bulls returning to the United Center. Zach LaVine, one of the pieces that came to Chicago in return for Butler, took a starring role with 35 points and three clutch free throws that gave the Bulls the final lead.
"The Bulls won that trade," Will Perdue said in the video above. "There's no ifs, ands or buts about it. You're talking about a guy that in that game against Minnesota he showed how he can attack the rim and explode over defenders. He showed he can knock down the three. He can also hit free throws in a clutch situation. Not one, not two, but three."
The 22-year-old LaVine didn't play against the Wizards (rest on a back-to-back), but has scored more than 20 points in each of his last four games. In that stretch he is shooting 46.7 percent from the field (35-75), 45.8 percent from 3 (11-24) and 86.2 percent from the free throw line (25-29).
"Zach LaVine has just become the face of this franchise and the leader of this team," Kendall Gill said. "He battled the older lion (Jimmy Butler)... and Zach LaVine comes in as the young lion and wins the contest going head up against him."
Watch the video for the full conversation about LaVine.