Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue playoff push against Knicks tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue playoff push against Knicks tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the New York Knicks tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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1. The playoff push continues...and looks good. Incredibly, the Bulls are still sitting as the No. 7 seed in the East. Seeing as they hold tiebreakers between the Pacers and Heat, it's a pretty good bet that the Bulls will be playing in the postseason. But a win here would probably solidify things with just five games to go.

2. Jimmy Butler can't be stopped. He won't be in the MVP discussion, but Jimmy Butler has certainly played like one of late. In his last seven games Butler has averaged 29.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 8.7 rebounds. He's shooting 55 percent on more than 18 FGA per game. That's absurd, and now he's facing a Knicks defense that should only increase those averages.

3. Kristaps Porzingis is must-watch. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are out for the year, Carmelo Anthony is complaining and the rest of the Knicks aren't exciting. But any time Kristaps Porzingis takes the floor is a good chance to watch a future star in the league. The Unicorn is averaging 18.1 points on 45 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds and is hitting 36 percent of his triples. He's the real deal.

4. Mirotic or Portis? Fred Hoiberg will have to hammer down a playoff rotation sooner than later, and whether Nikola Mirotic or Bobby Portis get the majority of the power-forward minutes is a question worth considering. Portis played well against the Pelicans while Mirotic struggled again after a superb March. One of these two need to grab the job this late in the season.

5. Rondo rolling. The Rajon Rondo resurgence continues. After a splendid March, Rondo has filled up the box score in April, too. He neared a triple-double against the Pellies, going for 10 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in 35 solid minutes. He should be able to mirror those stats against a Knicks team without a true point guard.

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns


Three Things to Watch: Bulls take on Suns

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. Something's got to give

What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.

2. Kris Dunn for real?

Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.

3. Watch out for Devin Booker

We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?


Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.